Palawan, Cebu among best islands in the world for 2018— int'l travel magazine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 11) — Palawan and Cebu made it to the list of the world's 15 best islands, as seen on international travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

The list, which was released on Tuesday, was generated through the votes of the magazine's readers. The islands were rated according to their activities, sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, friendliness, as well as overall value.

Palawan, which topped the list back in 2013 and 2017, dropped to the 6th spot this year with a score of 90.04.

Cebu was also named part of the audience's favorite islands as it was seated on the 8th spot with a grade of 89.10.

A surprise destination also grabbed the top spot this year. Java, Indonesia was named the best island in the world for 2018 with a score of 95.28. Per the magazine's website, the island "offers the opportunity to indulge in modernity," with waterfalls, volcanoes, parks, and white-sand beaches gracing the area.

This also marked Java's first appearance on the list.

The island of Boracay meanwhile failed to make the cut.

Here is the complete list of the world's 15 best islands, as voted on Travel + Leisure:

1. Java, Indonesia

2. Bali, Indonesia

3. Lombok, Indonesia

4. Maldives

5. Waiheke, New Zealand

6. Palawan, Philippines

7. Mauritius

8. Cebu, Philippines

9. Páros, Greece

10. Tasmania, Australia

11. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

12. Cook Islands

13. Orkney Islands, Scotland

14. Maui, Hawaii

15. Azores, Portugal