Wandering how to get from El Nido to Coron? If you want to take the ferry from El Nido to Coron or vice versa (because there is some seriously amazing diving there), there are two ways you can get there. You can fly (apparently…but evidence is severely lacking) or take the boat. I decided to ride the waves for you, and discovered some essential tips! Take note happy travellers; this is what you need to do.
There are FOUR different ways that you can take a boat from El Nido to Coron and vice versa. There’s the Regular El Nido Coron ferry, the fastcraft, a passenger/cargo ship OR you can take your own private boat!
These services from El Nido to Coron and back, all have different prices, departure times and travel durations. All of the services’ times and prices are included in this guide.
I personally took the regular ferry. At the time I wasn’t aware of the private option however. If I had known about that, I would have chosen this! It’s perfect for teaming up with strangers or going with your family or a good bunch of friends. Check private boat prices here.
Remember that this is Filipino time. Boats never leave when they say they will :) Depending on whether you want to get the fast, regular or cargo ferry, there are different times that they leave from El Nido. If you choose to book your own private boat, you can go whenever you want! Whichever option you choose, be prepared to pay the ferry tax which is around 20 pesos.
As there are two regular ferry companies, they leave at different times on different days.
The Bunso boat leaves every day of the week from El Nido at 08:30 in the morning. Boarding starts at 08:00 so make sure you’re there early and ready to go! The ferry terminal in El Nido is at the west point of the main beach.
Wondering how to get to El Nido from Coron? The Bunso Boat Coron to El Nido ferry leaves at 08:30 in the morning daily. Boarding starts at 08:00. Go to Coron Port to catch the ferry.
You can call the Bunso company on both of these numbers: 0910-720-8443 or 0906-637-4258.
The MBCA Jessabel 2 leaves on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from El Nido. It leaves at 07:30 in the morning so make sure you are there by 07:00 latest.
Wondering how to get from Coron to El Nido? The MBCA Jessabel 2 leaves on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 07:30 in the morning.
You can call the Jessabel on these numbers: Smart: 0918-967-6837 or 0918-967-6838 and Globe: 0915-850-1391.
The fast ferry leaves from El Nido at 06:00 in the morning daily! Get there early so you have time to board. Book your ticket here.
Are you leaving from Coron? The fast ferry from Coron to El Nido leaves at 12:00 noon daily. Go to Coron Port to catch the ferry. Book your ticket here.
The cargo/passenger ship from El Nido leaves at 07:30 in the morning on Wednesdays only.
Are you leaving from Coron? It leaves on Monday only at 07:00 in the morning. This boat basically only travels once a week from either side, so if you want to take this (as it is the cheapest option), make sure to plan ahead a little bit.
You will have the freedom to choose your own schedule if you hire a private El Nido to Coron boat. Safety standards are excellent and the facilities onboard so much better than the other options. You can dictate when you leave, where you go and when you stop.
Honestly…be prepared because we’re essentially asking ‘How long is a piece of string?’ here haha! Don’t let this put your off though! You HAVE to get to Coron for a magical time and the travel time is worth it.
The regular ferry reportedly takes 5 to 9 hours. A word of warning about the Bunso 4 which leaves El Nido on Tuesday and Thursday and Coron on Tuesday and Thursday! It takes longer than the other Bunsos (about 8 to 9 hours).
The fast ferry reportedly takes 4 hours. Check the schedule and times here.
For the passenger/cargo ship, it reportedly takes 8 hours.
With your private boat, you can choose how long you want to take to travel from El Nido to Coron. Maybe you want a direct comfortable service. Or maybe you want to take your time exploring some of the amazing, deserted islands along the way. Whatever you want, it can be arranged. Check your options and prices here.
You can get tickets from your hotel, booking agencies in town or there are always tickets at the port itself.
The cost of the ticket depends on which ferry you want to take.
The regular ferry costs 1400 pesos. It holds 70 to 80 passengers and is made up of two boat companies: ‘Bunso’ and ‘MBCA Jessabel 2’.
The fast ferry costs 1760 pesos. It holds 110 passengers and is called ‘Montenegro Lines’. Book your ticket instantly here.
The passenger cargo ship costs 1150 pesos for air-conditioned seats and 1000 pesos for non air-conditioned seats. It is run by MV May Lillies (Atienza Shipping).
Prices are going to vary on how long you want to sail and how many of you will be going on one boat. If you want to make the most of all of the beautiful islands on the El Nido Coron boat, I recommend taking your time and booking at least a couple of days. Plan your private trip and request prices here.
There are some essential travel tips that I have for you if you decide to take the regular ferry, from sleeping, eating and not getting dehydrated. Read carefully so you can have as much as a comfortable journey as possible.
Weirdly, local folks will keep telling you the journey takes five hours. That is a lie I’m afraid. This is a ferry ruled by the weather gods and lovely laid back Filipinos. Journeys take around 8 to 10 hours. Be prepared to entertain yourself. There is WiFi on board but it’s like the Loch Ness monster: It’s apparently meant to be there but very few people have seen it.
There is one continuous bench on either side of the boat from El Nido to Coron for everyone to sit on. Yet soon enough, people want to take a kip and lie down. This is gonna be on the floor. There are signs everywhere telling you not to use your life vest as a pillow. Lots of people try to do it but the captain will come by and take them right back off you soon enough. Try and use your bag or something folded to keep you comfy.
Lunch is served and the food is good! What you’re given is what you get though. There’s no vegetarian option so for the animal friendly folks out there, you may wanna pack your lunch. The food is rice, vegetables and meat and the portion size is good! You’re also given fruit for desert. All yummy, all good, no stomach surprises.
It sounds like a no-brainer but Teacake came off the boat like a little roast pork. Many people sat up top excited to fly through the waves and act like pirates discovering new islands for the first time. I did this too but a) There’s barely any cover b) The sun’s heat is ridiculous c) You need to apply suntan continuously d) You might fall asleep (oh yes I did).
There’s nothing for sale on this boat. Nothing. You’ll be given one bottle of water and that’s it. Make sure you’re stocked up like you’re running a marathon. If you’ve been drinking the night before, you might just hate yourself a little bit (oh yes I did).
I hope this has answered all of your questions about how to get to Coron from El Nido. If you need help, do not hesitate to leave a comment below. I keep a close eye on these services to make your journey as easy as it can be – and can find out the answer for you.
I know a number of you have expressed worries about taking these boats. With any adventure, there is always a chance that something could happen (but let’s face it, you could hurt yourself making vegetable soup in the kitchen). Regardless, travel insurance whilst having the time of your life is ESSENTIAL. Check travel insurance prices with World Nomads here.
Have you taken any of the ferry services recently? Share your experience below!