EL NIDO TO CORON – THE ULTIMATE HOW-TO GUIDE

EL NIDO TO CORON – THE ULTIMATE HOW-TO GUIDE

WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET FROM EL NIDO TO CORON?

A question thas is frequently asked by travelers is how to get from El Nido to Coron? In this guide I’m going to tell you exactly how you can get from El Nido to Coron, the modes of transport you’ll need and all the tips and tricks to making your transfer as easy and as fuss-free as possible.

In this guide of How To Get To Coron, I’m going to be focussing primarily on how to get to Coron from El Nido by ferry, how to get from Puerto Princesa to Coron and my favorite pick of them all – El Nido to Coron on a multi-day island-hopping expedition!

We’re coving everything from the El Nido to Coron fast ferry, all the information you’ll need about the El Nido ferry terminal and the many different ways you can travel from Puerto Princesa to Coron.

 

EL NIDO TO CORON OVERVIEW

Here is a quick overview of the ways you can get from El Nido to Coron that you will find in this post:

  1. El Nido to Coron by ferry
  2. El Nido to Coron by plane
  3. El Nido to Coron by 3D 2N Expedition
  4. Puerto Princesa to Coron by ferry

 

EL NIDO TO CORON – BY FERRY

The main mode of transport is the El Nido to Coron ferry… So let’s get started.

There are 2 daily ferries leaving from El Nido to Coron. One ferry takes 6 hours and the El Nido to Coron fast ferry takes 3 to 4 hours. The slow ferry costs around 1300 pesos per person whilst the fast ferry costs around 1700 pesos per person.

You can book your ticket online for the El Nido to Coron ferry or pop into one of the tour desks along the main street in El Nido town the day before you plan to travel to secure your ticket.

The El Nido to Coron ferry route passes a few well-known islands such as Linapacan and San Miguel which are home to beautiful beaches and landscapes. Some companies offer tour packages of the three islands.

Along with the slow and fast ferries, you also have the option to take a cargo ferry from El Nido to Coron. This takes around 8 hours with the budget ticket costing 1500 pesos.

The El Nido ferry terminal is at the west point of the main beach. All boats, cargo ships and ferries leave from the El Nido Ferry Terminal. You also have the option to take a private boat from El Nido To Coron but if you’re wanting to do things on a budget, I’d stick with the public options.

As you can see, the ferry journey from El Nido to Coron is very straight forward. The return journey is just the same.

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CORON TO EL NIDO

To get from Coron to El Nido, you can take the Montenegro Fast Ferry from the Coron Port back to El Nido Ferry Terminal.

The Coron to El Nido Fast ferry departs at 12:00 pm and get’s to back to El Nido Ferry Terminal at 3:30 pm. The fast ferry costs 1850 pesos per person.

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EL NIDO TO CORON BY PLANE

If you’re really not feeling that boating life then you can actually fly from El Nido to Coron. Ayala Group operates one flight on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Their schedules change so it’s best to check their website.

You’ll pay around 2600 pesos for a one-way ticket. The plane will depart El Nido Airport and land at the Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Coron. The flight time is around 40 minutes.

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EL NIDO TO CORON – 3D & 2N EXPEDITION

Are you looking for the ultimate adventure in Palawan?! Well, I can tell you now, Island Hopping from El Nido to Coron is the definition of ultimate adventure!

The El Nido to Coron tour with Buhay Isla is a 3 Day’s and 2 Night’s expedition on a traditional ‘bangka’ boat stopping at a number of remote islands to explore deserted beaches, snorkel the colorful coral reefs, soak up the sun on deck and camp out in beachside bungalows under the stars.

The cost of a 3 day and 2 night’s island-hopping expedition from El Nido to Coron will set you back 15,500 pesos. It is worth every cent and I guarantee you will make memories to last a lifetime!

Click Here to see my full blog post of a complete itinerary and my personal experience on the El Nido to Coron Island-Hopping Expedition!

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PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON

Being located on two islands, travel from Puerto Princesa to Coron is never going to be the most straightforward unless you choose to fly.

However, in this guide, I aim to give you all the information you need to make your travel between the two islands as simple as possible.

To break it down there are 3 different ways to get from Puerto Princesa to Coron and they are Ferry, Bus & Ferry or by Plane.

Let’s discuss them all…

 

PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON – BY PLANE

This by far is the fastest and most convenient way of traveling from Puerto Princesa to Coron.

You can get a direct flight from Puerto Princesa to Coron so if you’re looking to save time, then this is the option for you. The international airport in Puerto Princesa is just a short distance from the city.

The flight time is around 1 hour and 10 minutes with only 2 airlines providing the service between Puerto Princesa and Coron. Air Juan and AirSWIFT. Flight prices can change depending on the time of year.

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PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON – BY FERRY

If you’re not okay with ferry crossings and long ones at that, then this one probably isn’t for you.

You can take the Puerto Princesa to Coron ferry, every Sunday using the travel company, 2GO.

This ferry crossing is direct and takes around 11 hours. Leaving Puerto Princesa at 7:00 am and getting to Coron at 6:00 pm that afternoon.

If you’re wanting to keep things simple on your travel from Puerto Princesa to Coron and you’re not afraid of a long ferry crossing, then this could be the one for you.

 

PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON – BY BUS & FERRY

This next option is for those of you who don’t mind a full day of travel but would prefer if some of that travel was on something other than the Puerto Princesa to Coron ferry.

This one includes a bus. The way to reduce your time on the ferry is to first take the bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, then hop on the ferry from El Nido to Coron.

Although this cuts out the time you’re on the ferry to Coron, it does however massively increase your travel time.

There are shared vans or private vans available daily to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and the journey time takes around 5 to 6 hours.

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This is where the massive downside comes in. Upon reaching the El Nido Ferry Terminal, you then have to wait until you can board the ferry from El Nido to Coron…

The ferry departs at 6:00 am the next morning meaning you have to wait overnight before being able to board the ferry from El Nido to Coron.

Although a more affordable option and it does cut down the time you’re on the ferry, this is by far the longest form of travel to get from Puerto Princesa to Coron.

So, how to get to Coron from Puerto Princesa? Simply the easiest route is to fly. The longest route is to catch the bus then hop on the ferry or if you want to strike a happy medium, then just jump on the ferry at Puerto Princesa and wait out the 11 hour crossing all the way to Coron.

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EL NIDO TO CORON – FINAL THOUGHTS

If you’ve read any other websites or blogs about getting from El Nido to Coron you might have been left a little confused with many sites calling it impossible.

As you can tell, that is absolutely not the case and I hope this guide on how to get from El Nido to Coron has helped to squash some of those rumors!

 

THINGS TO DO IN CORON

Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get from El Nido to Coron, you may want to read my Coron travel guides listed below:

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WHERE TO STAY IN CORON 

Luxury: Bacau Bay Resort Coron

Bacau Bay Resort is a 4-star accommodation close to the town and beaches of Coron. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, kids club, relaxation spa and free wifi throughout the property. Choose from a deluxe room or premier suite which are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, seating area, wardrobe, kitchenette, private bathroom, spacious living and large comfortable beds. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay in Coron for couples, families and friends.

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Mid Range: Vienna Hotel

One of the best mid-range accommodations in Coron is Vienna Hotel. Centrally located in Coron town featuring a swimming pool, massage services, in-house restaurant, bar, free wifi and a rooftop terrace overlooking Coron Bay. The rooms are fitted with a desk, flat-screen tv, fridge, seating area, private bathroom, outside balcony and large comfortable beds. American, Asian, Continental, English or buffet breakfast is included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families and friends.

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Budget: Hop Hostel 

Hop Hostel is one of the best and most popular hostels in Coron. Perfect for couples, friends and solo travelers on a budget. Centrally located in Coron town and walking distance to Mt Tapayas, cafes, restaurants, bars and public markets. Choose from either a Dorm room, Queen room or Quadruple room with air conditioning and comfortable beds. The private rooms are fitted with a fridge, microwave, coffee machine and wardrobe. There’s also free wifi, a shared kitchen, lounge area and rooftop bar/terrace with incredible views of Coron Bay. Breakfast is also available for all guests.

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN CORON, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM

 

CORON ISLAND HOPPING TOURS

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AIRBNB CORON

Another option for accommodation in Coron is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.

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LONELY PLANET – PHILIPPINES

One of the best books to take on your trip is the Lonely Planet Philippines Travel Guide!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES

 

nomatic

Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

Get yours now!

 
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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

Get yours now!

 
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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

Get yours now!

 

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

Get yours now!

 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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charcoal

Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

Get yours now!

 

MY CAMERA GEAR

 

sony a7ii

Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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gopro8

GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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selfie stick

Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.

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MY SHOP

Before you go, don’t forget to check out My Online Shop!

I’ve got a wide range of digital products for sale and I’m sure you’ll find something that will come in handy during your travels!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about traveling from El Nido to Coron, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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