Most island-hopping travelers who have experienced the beautiful island of Coron continue on to El Nido, which is popular for its beautiful dive spots and serene beaches.
If you’re traveling from Coron to El Nido, you can either take a boat or a flight. There are a few boat options, and the shortest one will get you to El Nido in 3,5 hours. The flight is only 40 minutes, but keep in mind that this option is more expensive.
|2 hours||1.800 PHP (€31)||Check ferry tickets|
|1 hour||2.700 PHP (€46)||Check flights|
Option 1: Ferry from Coron to El Nido
Route: Coron El Nido
Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 1.800 PHP (€31)
Going by boat is a good experience. The route passes a few well-known islands such as Linapacan and San Miguel, all with beautiful beaches and landscapes. Some companies offer tour packages for exploring these islands.
Depending on which boat you choose, you can either book your ticket through your hotel or online. For this route, your three options are a bangka, a passenger-cargo ship, or a fast ferry.
Slow Boat or Bangka
The term ‘bangka’ refers to the boats locals use to cross islands.
The boats are operated by Bunso and MBCA Jessabel. They charge 1,400 PHP (€23,50) per person, and this includes a simple lunch. Only go for this option if the weather is bright and sunny. Sometimes the currents can be quite strong, which makes for a rougher, longer crossing. Always consider your safety first.
Passenger Cargo Ship
Operated by Atienza Lines, MV May Lillies provides 1 trip weekly for this route. The journey takes 8 hours.
An economy ticket costs 1.500 PHP (€25) per person, and the passenger lounge with air con costs 1.650 PHP (€27,50). This passenger-cargo ship provides standard service.
Two companies each operate 1 trip per day for this route: Montenegro Lines departs at 12:00, and another company called Phimal departs at 8:20. This is the fastest option, as the trip only takes 2 hours. The Montenegro ticket costs 1.900 PHP (€32,50) per person, and the Phimal ticket costs 1.800 PHP (€31) per person. To book your fast ferry ticket, you can click on the button provided below.
All of the boats depart from the Coron Port and dock at the El Nido Ferry Terminal. Don’t forget to pay the required port fees.
|Ferry Operator||Vessel Type||Departure/Arrival||Duration||Costs|
|Bunso||Bangka||08:30-17:30||9h||1.400 PHP (€24)|
(Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
|9h||1.400 PHP (€24)|
|Atienza Shipping||Passenger Cargo Ship||07:00-15:00|
|8h||1.500 PHP (€25) / 1.650 PHP (€27,50)|
|Montenegro Lines||Fast Ferry||12:00-15:30||3h 30m||1.900 PHP (€32,50)|
|Phimal||Fast Ferry||08:20-10:20||2h||1.800 PHP (€31)|
Option 2: Flight from Coron to El Nido
Route: Coron El Nido
Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 2.700 PHP (€46)
Air Swift, a boutique airline operated by the Ayala Group, operates one flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Their schedules changes according to specified dates, so it’s best to check their website for the latest updates.
Expect to pay around 2.700 PHP (€46) for a one-way ticket. The plane departs Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Coron and arrives at El Nido Airport. The flight takes 40 minutes.