The world's friendliest islands are in the Philippines, according to Travel + Leisure
We got the first four spots.
(SPOT.ph) By now you should already know that we live among some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Travelers far and wide have recognized the magnificent views one can have in our country, with welcoming smiles for every guest to match. New York-based publication Travel + Leisure has confirmed this unmistakable Filipino warmth, citing four Philippine islands as the "World's Friendliest"—Palawan at number one, then immediately followed by Cebu, Luzon, and Boracay—in The World’s Best 2016.
One Travel + Leisure (T+L) reader claimed that "People are very welcoming, respectful, and friendly” when asked to talk about Palawan. This comes as no surprise since the island has been lauded time and again for being the "Most Beautiful," "Top Destination on the Rise," and, basically, just one of the best in the world. You're definitely missing out if you haven't discovered its hidden beaches, breathtaking sandbars, towering marble cliffs, enchanting lagoons, and pristine islands.
Cebu has one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines—the Sinulog held every January transforms the whole province into one big party place. It features a parade of grand floats, Cebuanos in colorful costumes, street dancing, and lively music. You can hop from one stranger’s house to another and feast on the most sumptuous Cebu lechon.
Luzon, the largest island in the country, is home to the most diverse communities and varied landscapes and seascapes. It is a melting pot of many cultures and a traveler can have the most enriching experience just by touring the region.
Boracay Island in Aklan is known as the "Summer Party Capital of the Philippines" because of the long strip of restaurants and party places on its white beach. It’s the perfect place to go on a bar crawl until way past midnight and have a fun beach experience come daytime.
Joining the ranks of these four as the World’s Friendliest Islands are Waiheke, New Zealand; Ischia, Italy; Tasmania, Australia; Fiji Islands; Bali, Indonesia; and the Great Barrier Reef Islands. T+L’s World's Best Awards 2016 was based on an online survey compiled from November 2015 to February 2016.