If there’s a wheel, there’s a car. But seriously, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Many have this misconception that it’s difficult to get to El Nido. I say, it’s not. Actually, you have many options to reach this paradise in the North of Palawan.
THE EASIEST BUT MOST EXPENSIVE WAY: Fly to El Nido via the Island Transvoyager Inc. It’s a chartered 19-seater Dornier 228 which brings you direct to El Nido. Travel time from Manila to El Nido Lio Airport is 75 minutes. (There’s no indicated fare on their website but since it’s chartered, prepare to pay a huge amount of money. )
Contact: +63 (2) 851 5664; +63 (2) 851 5674
FLY to Coron and CRUISE to EL Nido: Montenegro’s Ferry started this voyage last March. You can enjoy both Coron and El Nido via this route. But it would cost you Php 1,760 per way. Here’s the detailed post about it.
Travel time Coron to El Nido: 4 hours
Fly to Puerto Princesa and take a LONG ROAD TRIP to El Nido: If you’re on a budget, this is the most economical way to reach El Nido. And since we’re on a budget, this was how we went to El Nido.
- Airfare to Puerto Princesa- Php 800 roundtrip (This was booked on a seat sale last November 2011 but the travel date was June 2012).
- Buses, shuttles and vans from San Jose Terminal of Puerto Princesa City are your means of transportation to El Nido.
- RORO Bus- This is the newest bus in San Jose Terminal. You can choose an airconditioned or a non-airconditioned bus ride to El Nido. The aircon and non-aircon buses have alternating schedules. Should you choose to ride the RoRo Bus, reserve a seat via their contact numbers: 0908 920 2568 / 0921 255 2765 / 0917 597 1186
- Lexus Shuttle Van – If you’re traveling in a big group, it’s better to take a van. However, it has lesser leg room.
PRO: Lesser travel time to El Nido 5 hours
CON: Lesser leg room. Fare is Php 600 per way
Contact: 0917 585 9602/ 0912 100 2653
So if it were you, how will you get to El Nido?