The most anticipated island and beach list is finally out for 2011 and nobody is surprised that Boracay has made it to the top 10 in Travel and Leisure’s list of the world’s top 10 islands. The 2011 list did offer a few surprises, but one thing is for sure. Once a beautiful island paradise, probably going to stay that way…
Boracay ranks 4th in the Worlds Top 10 Islands
While Boracay didn’t come out as the number one island it did place at a very respectable number four. The top three were Santorini, Greece, Bali, Indonesia, and Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. Missing from the top half of the list were the Hawaiian Islands and the islands of the Caribbean which held the top places for years. While the spirit of aloha still reigns universally and Bob Marley is beloved on all islands, it was Boracay that took the number four spot. Coming in fifth were the Great Barrier Reef Islands of Australia which are renowned for their diving and hard core party atmosphere.
Yes, my friends, the Philippines is finally getting the recognition it deserves as a world class island paradise destination. Expect to see more Philippine islands ‘discovered’ by the world over the next few years. After all, we’ve got more than 7000 of them!
Still, the rest of the top ten list from Travel and Leisure includes some incredible destinations. Number six is the Italian island of Sicily. Once renowned as the seat of the mafia, now a peaceful club med destination for Europeans escaping from their faltering economy.
Numbers seven, eight, and nine are all in Hawaii. The Big Island with it’s volcanos and black sand beaches, Kauai, home of the magnificent Napali Coast, and Maui which is renowned for it’s tropical gardens and laid back lifestyle (Maui Wowie anyone?). While they didn’t make it to the top, the Hawaiian Islands still dominate the dreams of the world.
Finally, the number ten spot was filled by the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Famous for the diversity of life that inspired Charles Darwin and now one of the hottest eco-tourism destinations in the world, we can just hope that the fragile ecology of these islands is being managed carefully.
So, where am I going this weekend? Well, with all this talk about Boracay, it sounds to me like the perfect time to head to Palawan! Puerto Princesca is calling. See you there.