Montenegro shipping line runs a fast craft between El Nido and Coron. Trip takes 5 hrs. and the boat is air-conditioned. Only their booking office near the pier sells these tickets.
Other OUTRIGGER BOATS do regular trips between El Nido and Coron several days a week. These boats take min. 8 hrs. and are only advisable in good weather and calm sea.
It has not rained heavily for the past 5 days but that doesn't mean it won't. I would suggest you take a flight 2 or 3 days earlier than your scheduled flight to Aust. There are many advantages to this. Among them is that you can go see other places in Luzon.
flights get easily cancelled or delayed in Palawan because the planes are small.
As we plan our El Nido trip, we opt to either ride a public van at Fort Wally's for 600/pax or hire a private van. Time flexibility and travel comfort are factors we consider that made us decide to choose the later.
After hours of searching the net we came across Gerald Mosquera’s van for hire at Puerto Princesa. He is a very accommodating guy who always answers every inquiry promptly. Since we are a big group, 35 adults and 11 kids, on a Do-It-Yourself travel, he is a real big help on us. We do inquiry over the phone and email and everything went smoothly. He even assisted us on securing our underground river permit and arranging our buffet lunch. I highly recommend this guy, he’s always on time with our schedule and serves as our driving tourist guide. He’s contact number is 0917-562-2339.
On our way to El Nido, we are so thankful that we choose to hire a private van. Traveling from Puerto Princesa to El Nido by land is like riding a roller coaster for 5 hours. You’ll never know when the zig-zag road, sharp curves and up & down motion will end. Children could have been very dizzy if we opt to ride passenger-compacted public vans.
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There are two ways to get to El Nido, Palawan. Either you go via PP or straight to ElNido via ITI plane. The latter is an expensive option (for us).
We took an aircon van from Fort Wally San Jose Terminal for PhP600(one way).This is cheaper because this is already part of our booking with elnidoboutiqueandartcafe. Walk in rate will be much higher by a few hundred pesos.. The trip will take about 5-6 hours with lunch stopover at Roxas. The road conditions are almost 80% ok with rough/dusty road from Roxas all the way to El Nido. But maybe in 2 years time this will all be ok. (as there road construction on going from Roxas to Taytay). There are sea scenery from Roxas.
We would recommend this mode of transpo if you have plenty of time and wants to maximize your money.. If you want to hire the van privately, you could contact Roy at # +639392526488/+639263950969
I came up to El Nido by jeepney and later flew to Coron/Busuanga. However, the very same day I did that, two of my friends came by the boat (M/V Jessabel) and we all met for a few days.
They said the boat was very rough. The winds made the trip take 10 hours. They said that the seats were not comfortable and had to take clothes out of their bags to sit on and add cushion.
Boat leaves ~5 times week (weather and season depending) and cost is approx 2200 PHP. Most hotels and travel desks in Coron and El Nido will help with bookings.
We hired a van for a return trip Puerto Princesa-El Nido-Puerto and with Side trip to Sabang. The cost was at 14K. He owns a nice Hi-ace van. He is a quite person but what's important is that he can take you to your destination safely.
Rent a bike at Pit Stop. You find the shop 20 meters around the corner from Squidos on the street towards the municipal hall / market.
Arnaud, the friendly French, has about 10 well maintained (!) motorbikes, 125 and 200 ccm Hondas. Ask him for sightseeing tips, visit outlaying villages, beaches or simply get motorized for your stay. You can rent a Pajero for a one-way trip to Puerto Princessa or a jeep for a rougher tour.
Bike rental was 700 / day; you may get a nice discount, if you take the bike for two weeks or so, just ask. This is particularly interesting, if you intent to stay outside El Nido, e.g. at Islandfront in Corong-corong and want to be mobile.
If you're a big group (5 or more), you can rent a van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. Travel time is between 6-8 hours depending on road conditions. There are still large stretches that are unpaved and rocky.
We originally planned to do this and got in touch with Joseph Hidalgo of Hidalgo Rent a Car. Package was P15k roundtrip for the 5d/4n trip. You can rent his van to any point of Palawan. He is also a licensed tourist guide so he can give you a running commentary of Palawan while you are on the road :)
We didn't try this one but the trip is supposed to be about 6-8 hours. But since the buses are old, there's a tendency for them to break down along the way. This is what happened to the couple we met who also stayed in Marina. The bus broke down and they had to wait for 4 hours to get a ride or for it to be repaired. But this is the cheapest option of getting to El Nido. I think the fare is just P300 one-way.
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Sweety transport offer 2 trips a day from El Nido to Puerto Princesa City passing through Taytay and Roxas. The trips generally takes around 8 hours and departures are between 7am and 9pm. The fare is 300 pesos. There is also a corresponding to trips from Puerto Princesa City back to El Nido each day, leaving between 7am and 9am.
Eulen Joy transport also offer 2 trips a day from El Nido to Puerto Princesa City passing through Taytay and Roxas. The fare is 300 pesos. Similarly they have two corresponding trips from Puerto Princesa City to El Nido. Leaving between 7am and 9am.
This is really a small plane. A 19-seater one that has a stop over in Busuanga for about 10-15 mins. It takes about an hour to get to Busuanga from Manila. And then another hour to El Nido. The pilots are really good because both take off and landing are smooth. It just gets really hot in the plane before take off and before landing. Nothing bigger flies in in El Nido because of the really short and unpaved runway.
Rate is P12,560.80 per person for a round trip ticket to El Nido.
The airport in El Nido is pretty cool. It's just a small open hut with benches around trees at the back. And hammocks for waiting passengers :)
Me and my friend were able to find a Van at San Jose Terminal. Look for Fort Wally Vans, they charged us 500 pesos for the trip straight to El Nido Town. The regular route is Puerto Prinsesa to Taytay, but fortunately there were other 4 people that's going to El Nido also. There were 10 passengers in the van, the other 4 are Taytay bound. It's better to be there as early as 5am or 6am, because some seats were already reserved.
The van left San Jose terminal at 7am and we arrived in El Nido at 2:30pm, that includes a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes stop over time. Expect a bumpy ride since the roads are still under construction especially the roads from Roxas to Taytay and to El Nido.
**Going to San Jose Terminal, just ride a tricycle from Puerto Princesa, we paid the tricycle driver 100 pesos, even though that's not what he charged us, San Jose terminal is actually 10-15 mins away from Puerto Prinsesa, so as a kind gesture for taking us that far, and him taking the chance of not having a passenger on the way back, we gave him extra :)
An 8-hr bus ride from Puerto Princesa to El Nido on a non-airconditioned bus is no joke. With half of the trip on paved roads and half on rough gravel roads and mud pits, make sure you have a good seat. The bus stops in Roxas for lunch and washroom break.
First trip leaves at 6am. Second at 7am. Get to the bus terminal early so you can get a good seat. Just grab a tricycle and tell the driver to take you to the bus terminal. Easy as pie. Hehe.
The bus fare from Puerto Princesa to El Nido is P300.
Lemme tell you my story... About 3 hrs before El Nido, an old lady got on the bus but the bus was already full! I see her standing and getting banged around inside the bus. So, I offered her my seat since I was the closest guy to her. Little did I know that there's still 3 hrs to go on this trip on rough roads. I was thinking, why did I give up my seat?! So there I was standing and getting banged around for about 45 mins when our bus gets stuck in the mud! The driver tells everyone to get off and walk. We all had to walk over 1 km until the bus clears the mudpit!
I didn't wanna stand in a bus after a long walk, so I decided to "topload". Haha! Sit on the roof of the bus with all the luggages, boxes full of chickens, and some white guys... under the blazing sun and on rough roads going about 80-100 kms/hr!
I've never done anything like that before... What a trip! I loved it!
if you're getting a package...the airplane ride is part of it...you take a Dornier 19-seater plane from Manila at the Andres Soriano Hanger and land in a private airstrip (El Nido Airport). Then you get welcome drinks in their airport lounge. A huge high top jeepney will take you for the short (about 500 meters away) dusty ride to where the speedboat is...this then will take you to the big outrigger boat which will take you to El Nido Resorts.
Unlike Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, the boatmen are independent operators in El Nido. For a tourist, this can be a mixed bag experience. If you are an overseas tourist and not staying in a resort with boat facilities, stick with El Nido Art cafe operators. If the cottages you are staying is reputable like Rossana, then it is a good idea to book through them too. In our case we were a mixed bag of some foreigners and mostly locals. We were a large group also. So the first day we talked to a few boat people and settled with Mercado. It ended up being the best random choice we ever made. Every day we discussed an itinerary and negotiated a price with Mercado. We arranged our own lunch and the charges were only for the boat. We had a diverse group ranging from young children to adventurous to older people. So we had to plan to accommodate every one and Mercado did a wonderful job on this. He always chose the best beach for the kids ot play while the adventurous went on hour long snorkel trip with Mercado guiding us.