Popular surfing destination Siargao in the Philippines has been named readers' choice for Best Island in Asia by lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler. Among the 85 islands chosen, three Philippine beaches made it to the travel website's list, with Surigao Del Norte's teardrop-shaped surfing paradise of Siargao topping the Asia category with a rating of 97.77. Siargao is followed by Indonesia's Raja Ampat Islands (97.67) and Palawan (97.54) in third place.
Following Palawan are Indonesia's Bali (94.37), Sri Lanka (94.32), Malaysia's Langkawi (93.96), Thailand's Koh Samui (93.33), and Boracay (93.26) at the eighth spot (93.26). Thailand's Phuket Beach came in last.
The list also includes islands in the United States, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, the Atlantic, Europe, and Central, South, and North America.
Europe’s top island is Hvar, Croatia (96.56), the Caribbean's is St. Barts (94.29), the South Pacific's is Bora Bora (93.85), South America's is Islas Secas, Panama (95.22), and the US' is Hilton Head Island (94.26).
Africa's Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique was rated the highest (98.20) among the 85, followed by Cape Breton in Canada (97.97), Siargao, Raja Ampat Islands, and then Palawan.
Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards are determined by the results of a travel survey answered by over 20,000 readers around the world. According to the website, this year, the list "reflects the places that travelers yearned for the most and the ways in which the tourism industry has slowly begun to reopen."
(Conde Nast Traveler)