Trip Advisor Inc. has ranked El Nido in Palawan sixth on its worldwide Traveler’s Choice Destination on the Rise list. El Nido, famed for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs, is the only Southeast Asian destination that made it to the worldwide list.

San Jose Del Cabo in Mexico led Trip Advisor's list, which is as follows.

  1. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  2. Whistler, Canada
  3. Jericoacoara, Brazil
  4. Kihei, Hawaii
  5. Baku, Azerbaijan
  6. El Nido, Philippines
  7. Eilat, Israel
  8. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  9. Tbilisi, Georgia
  10. Jodhpur, India

El Nido Palawan

According to the website, El Nido is known as the last frontier of the Philippines, which cradles magnificent beaches in an unspoiled setting.

“Why settle for a beachfront hotel when you can stay right over the ocean in a cottage on stilts? And why settle for any old dive site when you can snorkel in an orchid-walled lagoon?” Trip Advisor wrote.

“It's a perfect place for you to vacation,” the caption added.

DOT says award affirms its efforts and initiatives

Meanwhile, Tourism secretary Wanda Teo said the accolade only affirms the efforts and initiatives of the tourism agency.

“We are very happy with the recognition of El Nido as a destination on the rise, especially as this is based on the unbiased reviews and opinions submitted by Trip Advisor users all over the world,” The Manila Bulletin cited Teo in a statement.

 “This is an affirmation of the Department of Tourism’s continuing efforts to enable quality destinations through enabling regulations and standards,” she added.

Tourist attraction

El Nido is second in the Asian version of the list, a rank behind Baku, Azerbaijan. The picturesque town has long earned a spot on travelers’s bucket list attracting celebrities and famous personalities alike. Australian actress Margot Robbie recalled she “died and went to heaven” after visiting the island paradise. In 2015, El Nido topped Condé Naste Traveler's 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World.

Trip Advisor is an American travel website company providing reviews of travel-related content. The website, which runs on a user-generated content, also includes interactive travel forums for users.

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