What Really Is The Best Way To Ferry From El Nido To Coron?

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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 2 ways you can get there.  You can fly (apparently…but evidence is severely lacking) or boat it. Teacake decided to ride the waves and discovered some essential tips for you! Take note happy travellers…

First things first. There are THREE different ferries that you can take from El Nido to Coron and vice versa. There’s the regular ferry, the fastcraft and then a passenger/cargo ship. They all have different prices, departure times and travel durations. I personally took the regular ferry and you can find out all about this below! Don’t sweat though, if you want to take the other options, their times and prices are included in this guide too.

Here’s what I learnt about the regular ferry from El Nido to Coron first…

The Ferry from El Nido to Coron takes a long time

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.

Surfaces are hard, really hard

There is one continuous bench on either side of the boat for everyone to sit on but 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.

Best places to sleep in El Nido before you leave

Tapik Beach Park from $7ferry from el nido to coron

Joaquinn’s B&B from $77ferry from el nido to coron

Qi Palawan from $233ferry from el nido to coron

You’ll be fed on the ferry from El Nido to Coron

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.

Wear tons of sunscreen or sit below deck

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).

Best places to sleep in Coron Town

Jim’s Castle Inn from $8ferry from el nido to coron

Sunz En Coron from $44ferry from el nido to coron

Funny Lion from $121Taking the ferry from El Nido to Coron in Palawan Philippines? You need these 5 essential travel tips!

Bring water and drink it like a fish

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).

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How much is the ferry From El Nido To Coron?

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’.

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).

ferry from el nido to coron

What time does the ferry leave?

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. Whichever option you choose, be prepared to pay the ferry tax which is around 20 pesos.

The Regular Ferry from El Nido to Coron

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.

Are you leaving from Coron? The Bunso Boat from Coron to El Nido 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.

Are you leaving from Coron? 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 from El Nido to Coron

The fast ferry leaves from El Nido at 06:00 in the morning daily! Get there early so you have time to board.

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.

The Cargo/Passenger Ship from El Nido to Coron

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.

ferry from el nido to coron

How long does the ferry from El Nido to Coron take?

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 3.5 hours

For the passenger/cargo ship, it reportedly takes 8 hours.

You have Travel Insurance right?

Travel Insurance

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. Make sure you get it before you set off!

Happy sailing!
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58 replies
  1. Anna
    Anna says:

    Hello :)

    Thanks for all the super useful info above. I’m planning on visiting Palawan (Coron, El Nido and PP) on June 23rd for 10 days. I haven’t booked this yet, but I was wondering if anyone here had been to Palawan in late June and could offer me some insight into what the weather may be like? I know it is the the start of the rainy season, however I’ve been told that unless there is a typhoon we would probably be okay to still go then and would still see some sunshine. Apparently the rain is worst in August? I don’t mind a bit of rain, just would be a shame if it was all day everyday and ruined the trip.

    If anyone could offer some insight/advice I would be so grateful :)

    Thanks, x

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  2. Marck
    Marck says:

    Hi,

    Almost all the comments or questions posted here are on the regular ferry from El Nido to Coron. My family and I are trying to plan a trip there and I was wondering if there is a big difference in the fare if we were to ride on the fast ferry and will it be worth it?

    Thanks.

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    • Nancy
      Nancy says:

      Hi Marck, I would definitely take the fast ferry (4 hrs)which took us half the time of the regular one for an extra 300 peso each way. only thing is the fast ferry leaves at 6 am from El Nido but from Coron it leaves at 12. Its enclosed with an out door section, much more comfortable and modern and safer boat. They ask that you be there an hour before..

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      • Eve
        Eve says:

        Hi from Vancouver Canada. Which website did you book your ferry ride at? Our first time travel to Palawan. I’d like to book the fast ferry from Coron to El Nido and fly out from El Nido to Manila. I’ll be asking about flying from El Nido to Manila too haha! Any tips or anyone you know flew out from El Nido? Thanks a bunch! Cheers!!

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        • Alice teacake
          Alice teacake says:

          Hi Eve. In all honesty, I would not book ahead. Sort your tickets out there whilst you’re on the ground. You never know what boats could be running / or not due to the weather and Filipino elements! I can’t imagine that you’ll miss out by not booking ahead. I personally flew in and out from Puerto Princesa. I’m sure someone on this thread can help you out though!

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        • Nancy
          Nancy says:

          Hi Eve, We bought our ticket for the fast ferry at Coron thru our hotel but there is a Montenegro office just 100m before the port. You can only get the regular ferry ticket on line via http://www.coronferry.com but I would go with the fast ferry. From El Nido, the boat tour shops sells the fast ferry ticket. We flew with Air Swift from Manila to El Nido. Have fun we love Coron and El Nido but not PP!

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          • Eve
            Eve says:

            Hi Nancy
            Thank you for the reply. I still have to book a flight from Manila to Coron. I just wasn’t sure where, when or how to get from coron to el nido via boat. Fast ferry it is! I’ve already booked a flight from El nido to Cebu (ran out of flights the date we want for Manila). Incidentally it will work out great because we want to explore Cebu. And probably closer to Boracay though I hear it’s only good for night life. We like rugged kinda travel (i.e snorkelling, scuba diving, mostly outdoors stuff) so we might end up in Island of Gigantes? I’m reading on how to get there now so I can coordinate these dates without missing our flight back to Canada. yikes!

  3. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    We came to coron on the regular ferry and traveling time was just over 6hrs with calm sea plus an hour waiting at the port, however going back by fast ferry 3hr 30m with Montenegro lines which cost 1760 peso . The tour shops sells these ticket but we got ours at the hotel. Our return ferry was cancelled due to weather and when we return to our hotel it was fully booked. We found a room but hopefully ferry will sail tomorrow!

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  4. Marj Rose
    Marj Rose says:

    Hi! We have 2 kids travelling with us to Palawan soon. Ages 3 & 1 upon travel. Will you recommend the Ferry ride to us from El Nido to Coron with these two little ones? or should we just skip going to Coron this time? We will start in Puerto Princessa then to El Nido & then to Coron as the last trip.

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    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      If you are happy travelling with basics, you’ll be fine. There are no ‘plush’ seats and fancy toilet facilities and nothing to keep the kids entertained on board. There is cover downstairs and good free food provided however :) Have an amazing time in the Philippines. Making it to Coron is 100% worth it!

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      • Marj Rose
        Marj Rose says:

        My husband & I don’t mind travelling with the basics. I’m just worried about the safety & comfort of my kids :) Thank you very much for the encouragement as my husband would really like to go to Coron as well. Your website is very helpful! ;)

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    • Nancy
      Nancy says:

      We are traveling with 2older kids but just arrived at the coron port and found out the ferry was cancelled due to choppy sea. Some tourist just arrived n said so many people were sick on board. If u go, take the fast ferry 3.5hours. Pay slightly more i definitely would not take the slow ferry with little kids, but our trip to coron took us 6hr 15m with calm sea and was pleasant. But not suited to little kids as there are open areas, holes in the floor etc

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  5. leigh carter
    leigh carter says:

    hi there, my husband and i are travelling to Phillipines.
    he likes to dive so was thinking about going to corn, then to El nido. we only have a week in palawan, what do you suggest the best itinerary for a week. and how to get between the places.

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  6. Trave
    Trave says:

    I plan to travel from el nido to coron. Do i need to buy the ferry ticket in advance or can reach the ferry port at 7 am buy the ticket and get on board at 8 am ( i presume). Also i could not find the address of the ferry port at el nido and Coron. Any help would be highly appreciated.

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    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      Hi Trave! You can certainly buy your ticket there but there’s no harm in booking ahead by asking the receptionist/local you’re staying with to call ahead. Locals are your best friends. Ask them for directions and you’ll get there in no time :)

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    • Michele R
      Michele R says:

      Hi there, we are planning to travel in March. How did the ferry connection go? Is the terminal near the airport? We will fly to Coron then take a tour Coron – El Nido, then ferry back to Coron. Grateful for you to share any tips you found along the way.

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      • Nancy Urquhart
        Nancy Urquhart says:

        We flew to EN and ferry to coron and ferry back to EN. Next time, i would try and do a round trip and limit to one ferry esp if you can get the fast ferry. Montenegro lines leaves EN at 6am, takes 3~4hr cost 1720peso, it leaves coron at 12noon. Unfortunately, our ferry was cancelled 2 days in a row due to choppy sea, even though it’s sunny and beautiful here in Coron. There’s a Montenegro office near the coron port but we bought our ticket thru our hotel. Had trouble getting ticket in EN but caught the regular boat and on a calm sea it was quite ok but i wouldn’t like to do that twice

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  7. Jay
    Jay says:

    I have read a review recently on trip advisor that said The Jezebel sank and the cause was deemed to be unsafe ie. not because of the weather.

    I recommend removing this recommendation.

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    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      This was a long time ago. Naturally, taking a boat in the Philippines is going to have some element of risk, just like riding a motorbike in Vietnam, or doing the Mongol Rally. I’ve done them all and am happy for taking the risk!

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  8. Zoe
    Zoe says:

    Hello! You mentioned you can fly from El Nido to Coron… how? I’ve been looking and I can’t find any information on that! Of course I know you can fly from El Nido to Manila and then from Manila fly to Coron, but are there ANY direct flights between El Nido and Coron?! Thanks so much in advance!

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    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      Hello,

      Someone may have already asked, but is it recommended to fly from Manila to Coron first? Then maybe fly from Coron to Puerto Princesa > rent a car > and drive to El Nido? If so, would I be able to return the rental car in El Nido and fly back to Manila from there? Thanks in advance.

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      • Alice teacake
        Alice teacake says:

        Jesse! Apologies for the terribly late reply. If you want to avoid this ferry, flying from Manilla to Coron is not a bad idea and then flying to Puerto Princesa and driving to El Nido. You can certainly rent a car. I’m not sure if you can return it in El Nido though. Personally, I would take the ferry but I understand it’s not for everyone <3 Hope you have a great time! Palawan is simply stunning.

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        • Jesse
          Jesse says:

          No worries. My wife and I made it to El Nido today. We ended up flying from Manila into El Nido. It was a bit more expensive than having taken the ferry but after traveling for almost 18 hours from the US. we didn’t want to spend an additional day on a boat lol. We will be flying back to Manila in about a week and then flying to Coron from there as well. Thank you for the advice anyhow. =)

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  9. Nathan TheTRVLBlog
    Nathan TheTRVLBlog says:

    We didn’t manage to get to Coron from El Nido, but I seriously wish we did! Everything about the place looks out of this world. How were the beaches compared to the ones at Bacuit Bay? Definitely next time we are in the Philippines though. At least we know what we’ll be in for with the ferry, heard it was a bit of a nightmare. Hope you had a great time.

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  10. Raushan
    Raushan says:

    Hey,

    Sorry this is a stupid question but I’m travelling to El Nido (and hopefully Coron) in the next two weeks and I want to make sure I’m doing this right!

    The boat services you’ve suggested (Jessabel Boat and Overcomer Boat) will pick us up from the El Nido Ferry Terminal located near the El Nido airport, right? I’m having troubles trying to locate the drop off point in Coron, I’m trying to find a hotel closeby you see.

    Thanks,

    Raushan

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    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      Hello Raushan! Yes, these services and times are from El Nido to take you to Coron :) I hope you find some suitable accommodation for yourself once you get there! Agoda is a great place to look. They have excellent deals for Asia and the Philippines specifically.

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  11. Elden Gatley
    Elden Gatley says:

    I think it’s great that they give fruit as dessert on the ferry. I think doing so caters to more people. Most people who avoid sugary desserts are likely to still eat fruit. I think that even people who do eat desserts would also generally be willing to eat fruit.

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  12. Janine Suyac
    Janine Suyac says:

    Hey there. Im planning to go on a trip to El Nido and Coron. I’ve researched ferryboat companies that will take me from El Nido to Coron but I can’t find any. I’ve researched more and found some boats that will take me to Coron but I’m really concerned about the safety coz Ive read some horrible stories. Can you recommend me the ferryboat company that you went on to? Youre reply will be really appreciated.

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    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      Hello Janine! Yes, information about these on the internet is scarce! In all honesty, I cannot remember what company I went with. I hopped on the boat that was available on the days I wanted to go – it seemed to be the same company back and forth. Boat rides in Asia can be touch and go and there is some level of risk. If you’re not feeling that this is the way to go for you, I recommend flying instead. Good luck and hope you make it to both places! They’re absolutely worth it!

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  13. MARC
    MARC says:

    Hi
    You talked about a big and SAFE boat from El Nido to Coron City (Im talking about the City on Busuanga Island not Coron Island which is close by).
    You said that the company’s name was “The people one”, do you have any website or email for this company ? Bc I would like to make a reservation or at least send them an email bc Im goin there in February (so the peak season for foreigners so boats are quicly fully booked !).
    Thanks in adavance :-)

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    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      Hello Marc! Thanks for your comment and question. Yes, the boat does go to Busuanga Island. I’m afraid I don’t have a website or email for these companies. I have to say that things just aren’t that organised there. Try to get to the port a couple of days before you want to depart to book your ticket and you should be fine! I was there in February myself and had no problem getting on those boats from El Nido or Coron. Good luck and have a great time in the Philippines!

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  14. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    hey hun, thanks for sharing this with us! I just looked into ferries in between these two stops and everyone seems to be worried about safety. Do you remember which company you went with? It looks like there is a car ferry and one for people, I guess you took the people one?

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    • aliceteacake
      aliceteacake says:

      I took the people one! I had no concerns about safety (but this is me we’re talking about: I’m a rogue one). However truly, I felt very safe on board. If one shipwrecks however, please don’t blame it on the Teacake. As an alternative, you can always fly. Flights aren’t exactly 100% safe either though lately (?!) ><

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      • Sarah
        Sarah says:

        I took the ferry today and it wasn’t scary at all, you were absolutely right!
        I hung out on the deck the first half and napped the second half. I definitely prefer 8 hours on a boat to 8 hours in a mini bus!

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  15. Aizel Agustin
    Aizel Agustin says:

    Do you know any hotel or cheap accommodation near the ferry terminal? Do you know where exactly the terminal is? thanks for your help.

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    • aliceteacake
      aliceteacake says:

      Are you asking about El Nido or Coron? :) El Nido has lots of options to suit all budgets! Admittedly, if you’re sharing with someone it is going to be cheaper. I shacked up with a couple of mates in one of the beach bungalows in El Nido but naturally, the further back you go from the ferry terminal and beach, the cheaper the rooms will be. In fact, if you check out my ‘Secret Sunset in El Nido Post’ http://teacaketravels.com/2015/04/15/the-secret-sunset-in-el-nido-philippines/ that location has some awesome cheap beach bungalows as it’s local and away from the tourist hub.

      As for Coron, accommodation is not super super cheap but there is the odd hostel there where you can rough it a little bit and get a cheap price. From the Coron Ferry Terminal, head West for lots of accommodation options.

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        • aliceteacake
          aliceteacake says:

          Different companies work together to run the ferries. There is a boat in the morning every day. The only reason for cancellation would be a massive weather tragedy. Ask at your accommodation for them to help you out. They will make sure you’re all set but by all means, head down to the ferry terminal yourself too. Their English is great.

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  16. tharp
    tharp says:

    I did this trip some years back and the weather was a bit uncooperative. Because of rough seas it took us a full twelve hours to get to Coron. After nine hours, the Germans (who made up most of the twenty or so travelers on board) started complaining to the captain, who, nonplussed, just shrugged and said, “I can’t control the weather.” The Germans carried on complaining anyway.

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  17. Erica
    Erica says:

    8-10 hours isn’t that bad, I actually thought it was supposed to be an entire 24 hour ride! I’ll probably do this next time I go to El Nido, I still want to explore the islands I didn’t get to see. And I don’t really need a reason to go back to Coron, do I. Hah. Love love your blog!

    http://www.girlunspotted.com

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