Philippines hailed as best beach and diving destination in Asia for 2021

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We are also Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for the third consecutive time!

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This underwater photo was taken by Bigs Eggert in the clear waters of Bohol.


The Philippines has been crowned Asia’s Leading Beach Destination for the fifth time and Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for the third time in a row at the World Travel Awards 2021.

On Tuesday, October 19, the Asia winners of this year’s 28th World Travel Awards were announced on their website.

According to the Department of Tourism, the Philippines has been hailed as Asia’s best beach destination and the region’s leading dive destination at the 28th World Travel Awards.

This is the fifth time the Philippines has been awarded Asia’s Leading Beach Destination; simultaneously, the Philippines has been recognized Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for the third year in a row since 2019.

“We are elated that the country’s pristine beaches and mesmerizing dive spots have once again been cited as the best in Asia by the prestigious 2021 World Travel Awards. We share this recognition with our tourism stakeholders, local government units, partner agencies, and all Filipinos who have been helping us promote our country’s attractions, products, and culture,”

tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

The top nine diving spots in the country, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT), are Cebu’s Mactan Island, Sarangani Bay, Palawan’s Tubbataha Reef National Park, Cebu’s Malapascua Island, Negros Oriental’s Apo Island, Bohol’s Balicasag Island, Cabilao Island, Panglao, Anilao in Batangas, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

“This will boost our efforts to keep the Philippines as a top-of-mind destination for foreign tourists as we await the resumption of international leisure travel to the country, consistent with our ‘More Fun Awaits’ global campaign.”

Puyat added.

The World Travel Awards are one of the most distinguished travel awards in the world. It strives to recognize, reward, and celebrate achievement in all sectors of the worldwide travel and tourism business.