Cebu is among the world’s best islands, along with such top destinations as the Maldives, Mykonos, Cook Islands, Bali, and Bora Bora, according to the Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 of Conde Nast Travel.

“The most densely populated island in the Philippines, Cebu is famous for its beaches, on the mainland as well as around many of the surrounding islands. Not as wild as Phuket in Thailand, Cebu City is more personal, with plenty of up-and-coming restaurants and shopping,” the magazine said in its listing of Cebu.

Cebu had a rating of 80.404. It is 1 of 3 Philippine destinations that made it to the list. Boracay Island was at 15th with a rating of 80.856.

Palawan topped this year’s list with its subterranean river attraction.

Sumilon Island Cebu
PARADISE ISLAND. With beach destinations like Sumilon Island (above), Cebu is among the world’s top beach attractions.


20 Best Islands in the World 2015

1. Palawan, Philippines
2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
3. Moorea, French Polynesia
4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
5. Bermuda
6. Great Barrier Reef & Whitsunday Islands, Australia
7. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
8. Bali, Indonesia
9. Santorini, Greece
10. Tasmania, Australia
11. Cook Islands
12. British Virgin Islands
13. St. John, USVI
14. Mykonos, Greece
15. Boracay, Philippines
16. Maldives
17. Orkney Islands, Scotland
18. St. Lucia
19. Cebu, Philippines
20. Hvar & Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

The listing is part of Conde Nast’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The publication said 128,000 travelers took part in this year’s survey, the biggest in its history.

Cebu has been listed in previous top destinations ranking by Conde Nast. In its November 2013 issue, the magazine named Cebu no. 3 best island in Asia.

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Max Limpag is a journalist, blogger, and developer based in Cebu. He started as a reporter covering Cebu City Hall in 1996. He has written on technology for various print and digital publications since...

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