El Nido named best Philippine beach

Posted at 04/30/2012 6:58 PM | Updated as of 04/30/2012 6:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Boracay island has been hailed several times as the country’s best beach destination, but according to a website, it only comes second to El Nido in Palawan.

CNNGo, the travel news website of the Cable News Network, made a list of the “Philippines’ best beaches and islands” which was published on Monday in time for CNN's week-long "Eye on the Philippines" specials.

El Nido ranked first in the list for its “majestic karst limestone formations, empty lagoons, marble cliffs, prehistoric caves and waterfalls.”

“Sure, it’s got powder-fine beaches and gin-clear waters. But the views are what really sell the place,” the website said.

CNNGo also cited that El Nido has become popular among international shows and movies, with scenes for “The Amazing Race” and the upcoming “Bourne Legacy” movie shot there.

Boracay’s White Beach was named the second best Philippine beach, followed by Palaui island in Cagayan Valley and Panglao in Bohol.

CNNGo said Bantayan island in Cebu is the “quiet” version of Boracay, ranking fifth on the website’s list.

Caramoan, where international programs such as “Survivor” were shot, placed sixth, followed by Samal in Davao, Siargao islands in Surigao del Norte, Great Santa Cruz island in Zamboanga, and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte.

“Picking a favorite beach in the Philippines is like trying to pick a favorite child. Challenging, but not impossible,” CNNGo said.