irect flights to El Nido: Air Swift is the company that offers daily flights to El Nido from Manila, Cebu, Coron and many other spots in the Philippines.
Air Swift is the charter company for El Nido Resorts. This is definitely the fastest and most direct way to get to El Nido. The flights land directly at Lio airport, located about 4 kilometers from midtown. At the airport tricycle drivers will be waiting for you and it will take around 20 minutes to get into town. You can also check with your accommodation if they can organize a pick up for you.
Land travel from Puerto Princessa to El Nido is the second way to reach El Nido and the most popular. First, you have fly to Puerto Princessa Airport in Central Palawan. Its airport receives regular flights from Manila and Cebu via Cebu Pacific , Palexpress or AirAsia and other local carriers. Overnight in Puerto : If you want to stay overnight in Puerto Princessa, we advise the Hibiscus Garden Inn. Not far from the airport, the hotel is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden.
Another option, out of town: Balay Tuko Garden Inn. The resort is designed in a modern style blended with local design. Balay Tuko offers a wide variety of rooms, a large indoor swimming pool amidst a tropical garden.
From Puerto Princessa, you still have to cover about 220 kilometers of highway to get to El Nido. To do so you have different options:
The trip from Puerto Princessa to El Nido usually takes 5 to 6 hours. There are a lot of companies that leave daily from the Puerto Princessa airport. They will be waiting for you at the terminal. If you want to have a safe and comfortable trip, we warmly recommend to go with DaytripperPalawan. They leave everyday at 10:00 am and can pick you up at your hotel. Their website is really nice and you can book online. Icing on the cake, you will stop over at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in all Palawan. The beef stew soup and shakes are delicious!
or motorbike rental. If you want to travel at your own pace. Taking a road trip is a fantastic way to discover the Northern part of Palawan. All around the Puerto Princessa are shops that offer weekly or monthly rental. You can stop over at villages and enjoy the rustic view of the countryside. Why not visiting Tay-Tay and the Spanish fortress ruins, have lunch at Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House in Roxas or chill out in Port Barton.
Be prepared though. This can be a long trip (more than 280km) and full of hassles (cows, dogs, water buffalos, potholes, etc.). Do not travel at night and be extremely careful!
There’s no parking in El Nido! Make sure your accommodation has a parking lot or you’ll spend a lot of time looking for a space!!!
If the previous options don’t suit you, you might like taking a bus. It is a good way to share your trip with locals and get good tips. Two companies do the Puerto Princeasa-El Nido route every day. We highly recommend Cherry Bus. This company is more comfortable than regular vans, but much lower. It takes about 6-8 hours, depending on how many stopovers the bus will take on the way. Try to catch those equipped with Aircon. Notice that in Puerto Princessa the bus terminal is located 4km away from the airport. You will have to deal with tricycle drivers to get there. The bravest can try to get there with a jeepney. It might take…we don’t know.
from Coron – El Nido or El Nido – Coron is operated daily by outrigger boats and fast crafts. The most comfy way to get to El Nido is with Montenegro Shipping Lines and Phimal Fast Ferry.
The Montenegro Fast Ferry leaves El Nido daily at 6am. The boat leaves Coron at 12:00. The fare is around Php 1760 one way.
The Phimal Fast Ferry leaves El Nido and Coron at 8:20am. The fare is around Php 1850 one way. The trip takes between 3 hrs 30 mins and 4 hrs 30 mins.
If you want to your time and make it more Filipino, the trips with large outrigger slowboat will suit you. These boats are more weather dependent and cancellations are quite common on this route. The trip takes 7 to 10 hours and costs around P1,500.
Tao Philippines: If you have time, have a look at Tao Philippines website. Their expeditions explore over 500 islands of the Northern Palawan province. It’s a beautiful experience and you’ll discover hundreds of undeveloped tropical islands.