Aug 3, 2020
This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented due to COVID-19. The results, therefore, reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic. We hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come—whenever they may be.
1. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan last snagged world’s No. 1 island in 2017, and its return to the top of the heap this year certainly is timely as we are all daydreaming about greener, farther-flung destinations. The limestone karsts of El Nido are this Philippine isle’s most iconic landmarks, but there’s plenty to discover up and down the coastline, whether you’re snorkeling the abundant reefs, diving shipwrecks, swimming with sea turtles, or cruising the underwater river. Birdwatchers note: there are more than a dozen endemic species and, since Palawan sits in the middle of the East-Asian Australasian Flyway, 170 migratory ones to be spotted.
Turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and striking limestone formations make this archipelago a magnet for nature-loving travelers.
2. Sri Lanka
- Ahangama, a Surf Town in Southern Sri Lanka, Is Giving Us Major Bali Vibes
- The Tropical Spirit of Southern Sri Lanka
3. Koh Lanta, Thailand
4. Langkawi, Malaysia
- These Five-Star Kids’ Activities in Langkawi’s UNESCO Wilderness Are Next-Level
- The Andaman Hotel Is Helping Save Langkawi’s Sea Cucumber Population
5. Boracay, Philippines
6. Bali, Indonesia
* On the list for the past 10 years
- Nusa Lembongan Is a Haven for Surfers and Divers
- Canggu Is the Bali of Your Dreams
- 6 Eco-Resorts in Bali You Should Visit
7. Koh Samui, Thailand
8. Phuket, Thailand
- 7 Bucket-List Worthy Resorts in the Maldives
- Snorkeling With Sharks in The Maldives
- Maldives Rising: The New Resort That Puts Conservation At Its Forefront
10. Lombok, Indonesia