Gadling has a report on the world’s best islands based on ” activities, beaches, culture/sites, lodging, restaurants and scenery.” As our pessimistic mind expected, the Philippines was not on the list.
Here’s a list of those exotic-sounding getaways which made it:
* Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
* Mount Desert, Maine
* Santo Stefano
* Phuket, Thailand
* Thatch Cay
* Blue Lagoon
* Grand Bogue Caye
* Isla de sa Ferradura
It would take a Google search to know where some of these islands are. For example, I learned that Grand Bogue Caye is in Belize. Blue Lagoon is in Fiji and Thatch Cay is part of the US Virgin Islands. Pakatoa is in New Zealand, while Isla de Sa Ferradura is in Ibiza. Most of them are also on the list of the world’s most expensive private islands.
Am not in a position to argue since I haven’t been to any of them (hmmm, not even Phuket). But I’ve seen a few of the Philippines and I know in my heart that they could give those overrated by the Western world a run for their money. Boracay is certainly there if only it hasn’t turned into a monstrosity with the overcrowding of all those hotels and restos. Amanpulo is on “1000 Places to See Before You Die” but then again, it’s being run and operated by a foreign chain. Most of the great islands I’ve been to are either undeveloped or so remote that even Ferdinand Magellan would have a hard time reaching them. So there.