Fly with Cebu Pacific to explore the world’s best islands
Still planning that getaway to an island paradise? Dreaming of a lazing away on a fine, white sand beach, gazing at the clear blue sea?
That plan can be turned into action! The best three islands in the world are found in neighboring Philippines. The islands of Boracay, Cebu and Palawan – all located in this country, topped the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards of Condé Nast Traveler in its annual survey of the 30 Best Islands in the World.
More than 300,000 esteemed readers of Condé Nast Traveler ranked the 30 best islands in the world outside the U.S. in the survey, from far-flung gems in Southeast Asia to volcanic outcrops in the Mediterranean.
Plan a tropical vacation on these islands
The tiny yet fascinating island Boracay topped the list, with Condé Nast Traveler editors noting the island as “close to a tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and transportative sunsets.” Its “thriving nightlife scene,” according to the magazine, adds to its appeal as one of the top tourist spots in the region.
Landing in the second was Cebu, the most densely populated island in the Philippines, which is famous for its beaches on the mainland as well as across many of its surrounding islands. While Cebu and its outlying islands are “not as wild as Phuket in Thailand,” Condé Nast Traveler commented that these are “more personal, with plenty of up-and-coming restaurants and shopping [experiences].”
Palawan, also known as “The Last Frontier”, came third. Home to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, one of the newly crowned seven natural wonders of the world, this small island also boasts about its beautiful diving points, striking lakes and islands and fine, white sand beaches.
How to get there?
Boracay and Cebu are easy to get to. Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest carrier, flies direct from Hong Kong to Cebu daily. From Cebu, travellers can then take a quick connecting flight to Caticlan – the gateway to Boracay Island. Cebu Pacific also has a seamless “CEB Transfers” connection from Caticlan to Boracay.
Alternately, Cebu Pacific also has several flights a day between Hong Kong and Manila, the capital of the Philippines. From there, and from a single airport terminal, travellers can catch any one of multiple connecting flights to Cebu or Boracay that run from morning until evening. On the other hand, connect to Puerto Princesa, Palawan through Manila. The “CEB Transfers” connects travelers from the airport straight to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, making it easier to reach the world’s longest navigable underground river. Visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888 for bookings and inquiries.