THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO GET TO EL NIDO, PALAWAN
NUMBER 1 IS SURELY THE MOST CONVENIENT
1. Direct flights with Air-Swift to / from El Nido Airport
This is by far the most convenient and time-efficient 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 August, November + December expect delays/cancellations/re-bookings.
From El Nido Airport you take a trycicle, reservation is NOT needed. To our location at Lugadia Beach, CoronCoron it takes 20 minutes, the price is 400php.
INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS: Don't underestimate Manila traffic, Taxi cues and security check just to enter a Terminal. IT TAKES LONGER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE !!!
You travel with diving gear?
There are 7kg hand-carry but only 10kg check-in luggage included. You can add another 10kg check-in luggage in advance for extra fees - but PLEASE BOOK IT ONLINE TO AVOID HIGH COSTS. At the airport fees are way higher.
2. Traveling via Puerto Princesa (PPS) with direct flights from / to
Domestic flights are operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines or Air Asia. Early bookings can be cheap as 2000php one way but arrival times are often inconvenient and you might lose a full day traveling in a tropical climate just to safe 2000php on tickets. Flying direct to El Nido is much easier.
HOW TO GET TO EL NIDO FROM PUERTO PRINCESA?
Under Ground River (Sabang)
If you are planing to visit the Underground River in Sabang go there straight with all your luggage. We recommend to stay 1 night in Sabang rather than in Puerto. This way you safe time and avoid driving the same route twice. Do we recommend the UG River? It takes some patience to visit it: waiting for tickets, boats, food...lot of effort to see a beautiful but often crowded cave.
Port Barton (half way to El Nido)
If you take the trip from Puerto to El Nido you can plan 2 or 3 nights in the cosy village of Port Barton. It is usually less crowded than El Nido and has its own charm. Chose a stay that has a back-up generator as burnouts happen even more often than in El Nido.
Tubbataha Natinal Park (by Liveaboard only)
Puerto Princesa is boring and only good as a hub for flights or if planing liveaboards to Tubbataha National Park - surely one of the best diving sites in the world. The season is very limited due to the rough conditions out there: from mid march to mid june only, with may being the best month in terms of wind and waves. We recommend this trip to experienced divers only with own gear and + 100 dives who enjoy currents and deep dives.
3. Daily Ferry from / to Coron on Busuanga Island
The ferries need 5 - 7 hours, depending on wind and waves. Ticket price is around 2350php one way. A reservation is definitely required in advance. It can be a rough ride so bring enough motion sickness pills. If you are planning to fly out from Coron, Busuanga book your ticket in advance.
Cancellations due to weather or engine-problems are not uncommon. Check weather forecasts with windy.tv and PAGASA. If Palawan is under 'Storm Signal' ferries can't operate. We have seen many people being 'stranded' every December due to no reservation or cancellations.
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Tabanka Divers is a PADI + SSI Dive School and Resort under german management in El Nido, Palawan. Established in 2012 we follow highest standards in the scuba diving industry. The set up includes Scubapro Equipment, certified clean air and a modern dive boat. Our services include intro-diving, PADI Open Water Courses for beginners up to dive-master internships and daily fun dive trips to the best diving sites in El Nido, Palawan. Find the best prices and packages for scuba diving in El Nido, Palawan
Tabanka Divers ist eine PADI Tauchschule in El Nido, Palawan, unter deutscher Leitung. Wir freuen wir uns ueber Nachrichten und Anfragen von nah und fern.
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