Palawan Smart Travel Guide: Coron & El Nido

Many tourists visit Coron and El Nido every year as both have a great deal to offer. Coron is the furthest island in the Palawan province, and one can safely say that it is one of the most beautiful islands you will find not only in the Philippines, but in the whole world. 

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With white sandy beaches, blue coral reefs and crystal clear waters, Coron is practically like heaven on earth. Since many tourists visit El Nido, as it is the municipality on Palawan Island, it is common to plan a trip from here to Coron. So, we would like to give you some practical tips on how to travel from El Nido to Coron as we know that this is a very common route for many tourists. Likewise, we will also give you some tips for the reverse route, from Coron to El Nido. 

Here we go!

How to get from Coron to El Nido, and from El Nido to Coron

Lately this trip has been rendered as easy as can be, thanks to a new ferry that has been introduced by Jomalia Shipping. A fast and safe service, which is also relatively well priced, this ferry will take you from Coron to El Nido without any problem. 

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It is important to note that the trip leaves Coron once daily, at 7:30am. It will take around three and a half hours to arrive in El Nido, at about 11:00am. 

For those who would like to use this ferry from El Nido to Coron the daily trip is made at 12:30pm. However this is not the only option of traveling to Coron or El Nido. There are also another two slow ferry options which are run by Montenegro Shipping Lines and Phimal. The former departs from Coron at 12:00pm and arrives in El Nido at around 3:30pm, while the latter departs from Coron at 1:00pm and arrives in El Nido at about 5:00pm. 

The timetable for the trips from El Nido to Coron on the other hand is a departure at 6:00am for the Montenegro Lines ferry, and at 8:20am for the Phimal Fast Ferry.

The Ports

Since traveling by one of the above mentioned ferries is the most common option, it is important to give some information about the ports. The Coron port is quite easy to reach. To give you an idea it is about 10 minutes away from the town centre if you were to travel by a tricycle.

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The El Nido ferry terminal can be easily reached on foot as it is right next to the main beach, and so within close proximity to the El Nido town centre.

Flying from Coron to El Nido and from El Nido to Coron

For those who would prefer to travel by air instead of by ferry, there is also a direct flight between Coron and El Nido. This is available daily and is operated by Air Swift. The flight takes around 40 minutes. The flight from El Nido to Coron leaves at 8:40am, while the one from Coron to El Nido departs at 9:35am.

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It is important to point out that the airport is not situated in Coron Town. So you would arrive in Busuanga, and then you will need to use a short bus transfer in order to arrive in Coron.

If you were to compare the fees involved when you travel by ferry or by plane, there is not a big difference. However the flight will inevitably be a bit more expensive.

How to make the most of Coron

Once you are now informed of the options to get to Coron, it is a good idea to give you some tips about the place, as well as some options to make the most of your time there. We have already mentioned that Coron is really beautiful. The beaches, the lakes and coves are simply breathtaking and many love the fact that the island still retains its natural appeal as it has not been commercialised that much as yet thankfully. 


Coron is the place to be if you love water sports such as snorkelling and diving. It is also renowned for the friendly people, and there are some good eateries and quaint cafes too.

There are some great island tours available on Coron. One of the most famous tours is the one which includes Kayangan Lake, Green Lagoon, CYC Beach and the famous snorkelling spots of Quin Reef and Coral Garden. 

There is also another popular tour which will take you to visit the beautiful Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Banol Beach. A stop at Skeleton Wreck is also ideal for scuba divers and freedivers.

Another tour many tourists opt for is the one which comprises some of the more remote areas of the island. These include Malcapuya Beach, Bulog Dos Island and Banana Island.

These tours are all amazing, and they will show you the best locations in Coron. Booking can be done through the hotel where you will be staying, or you can also book online. The best place where you can do so is via Bookaway, which offers the latest costs, as well as a great way to book easily and conveniently.

If you would like to include some hiking on your own make sure to visit Mount Tapyas or Mount Tundarala. The former offers a gentler uphill walk than the latter, which is considerably tougher and more suitable for the adventurous hiker.

Accommodation in Coron and El Nido

There are not that many hotels and hostels where to stay in Coron. The place is still a developing area, and so you will not have that many options to choose from. There are some budget places, and a few mid-range ones, such as The Blue Inn Waters Inn, and Zenvea Hotel. If you want something more luxurious you may wish to check out The Funny Lion.

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On the other hand El Nido offers more options, especially for budget hostels, which are however really great despite their low rates. Frendz Hostel is a great example of this. For those who want something more luxurious, be sure to check out Vellago Resort.

Dining in Coron

You will be able to find quite a few places where to eat in Coron. You will surely wish to try out some of the local Filipino dishes while you are here, but there are also other cuisines available. Some of the most popular spots include Altrove, Summer Café, Buzz Bakery, Falafel and Rosa’s Cantina.

El Nido also offers a good many places where to dine.


Both El Nido and Coron have a great deal to offer, and so it is worth visiting them as they will leave a lasting imprint on your mind. El Nido offers amazing island hopping options, and Coron is simply too beautiful, and without a doubt the place to be if you love quiet and natural settings.

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