The Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan bested 49 other beaches in Asia and ranked No. 1 in the Top 50 Beaches in Asia for 2018, according to online travel company Flight Network that is based in Canada.
The Hidden Beach also placed third in the ranking of best beaches in the world this year by Flight Network, coming from behind Greece’s Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, which was ranked No. 1, and Australia’s Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, which was ranked No. 2.
According to the online travel firm, Palawan’s beach gem is the top beach in Asia for its “sheer untouched beauty, remoteness, sand and water quality, annual days of sunshine, and average annual temperature.”
It described the Hidden Beach as “tropical, white sand, postcard-perfect beach from the rest by one magnificent trait – those unmistakable, protruding limestone cliffs.”
“The wild, vegetation-covered rock formations and crystal clear waters of Hidden Beach will make you feel as if you’ve been dropped into a movie,” said Sachin Aggarwal of Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Maya Bay and Railay Beach in Thailand came in second and third, respectively, in the Asia’s Top 50 Beaches for 2018.
Other Philippine beaches included in the Asia’s list were Guyam White Sand Beach in Siargao (13th); Palaui Beach in Cagayan Valley (22nd); Caramoan Island Beach in Camarines Sur (29th); Dahican Beach in Davao Oriental (41st); Gumasa Beach in Sarangani (45th); Kalanggaman Island in Cebu (49th); and Paliton Beach in Siquijor (50th).
Flight Network explained it garnered the Asia ranking by conferring with about 600 journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies experienced in traveling.
“Flight Network consulted these travel professionals to rank the best beaches in the world, based on their personal and professional experiences. We received unparalleled insight into the most spectacular beaches on earth,” the online travel firm noted.