HOW TO TRAVEL TO EL NIDO

UPDATE 2019

  1. Direct flights to/from El Nido
  2. Via Puerto Princesa, Palawan
  3. By ferry from Coron, Busuanga
  4. Via San Vicente, Palawan


1. Direct flights with Air-Swift to / from El Nido Lio 

  • Manila T4
  • Clark
  • Cebu
  • Boracay / Caticlan
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Coron Busuanga

By far the most convenient way with brand new Aircrafts. Prices vary pretty much from 3500php up to 9000php one way. Flights in high season are sold out early. In Typhoon Season expect delays/cancellations/re-bookings. From LIO Airport grab a trycicle to Lugadia for only 400php. We dont arrange airport pick up. Don't underestimate Manila traffic: From T4 to T3 takes 1,5hours at rush-time .

 

DON'T FORGET

There are 7kg hand-carry and only 10kg check-in luggage included. You can add another 10kg check-in luggage in advance for only 200php. At the airport fees are higher.

 


2. Via Puerto Princesa (PPS) with flights from / to

  • Manila T3 or T4
  • Cebu
  • Clark
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Incheon (Korea)

Domestic flights with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines or Air Asia. Early bookings can be cheap as 2000php one way. International connections so far are charter-flights only. At PPC Airport grab a mini van to El Nido. Departure is right at the airport or outside the gate until the last flight arrives. Reservation is not needed. The shaky ride takes 6 hours including 2 stops for 500php. A private van is + 7000php. We do not arrange transportation.

 

GOOD TO KNOW

If you are planing to visit the Underground River in Sabang we recommend to stay 1 night in Sabang. It's much cosier than PPC and already part of your travel to/from El Nido. Puerto Princesa is pretty boring unless you are planing to dive Tubbataha Reef by liveaboard.


3. Ferry from / to Coron on Busuanga Island with

  • Montenegro (1 trip per day each way)
  • Phimal (1 trip per day each way)
  • Atienza (1 trip per week)

Speed Ferries take 5 - 7 hours depending on waves. Ticket price is 1800php one way. So in total there are 2 departures at each town per day: 1 x early morning and 1 x noon-time. Reservation is definitely required in advance. It can be a rough ride so bring enough motion sickness pills. To fly out from Coron, Busuanga book your ticket in advance.

 

IMPORTANT

Cancellations are not uncommon. Check weather forecasts with windy.tv and PAGASA. If Palawan is under 'Storm Signal' ferries can't operate. 


4. Via San Vicente, flights from Clark with

  • Air Juan
  • PAL Express

It's just an alternative route if you run out of options. It takes 3 - 4 hours by van from San Vicente to El Nido.

 

TIP

You can use this connection if you want to combine a trip to El Nido and Port Barton: a cosy quiet beach-village. Its not too far from San Vicente Airport, by van it takes 1,5 hours.