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Quick 5-Day Palawan Escapade: Your DIY Puerto Princesa-El Nido-Coron Guide

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Yua Dominguez
Yua Dominguez | Apr 15, 2017

Much has been said and written about Palawan as the best island in the world but photos and words will never be enough to decribe its majesty— one has to experience it. 

Read: Tour C Of El Nido, Palawan: Why This Is The Best Island Tour Package

Follow our suggested itinerary and travel budget for your next Palawan adventure. 

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Honda Bay or Underground River

(For Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour)

9:30 am            Arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport        

10:30 am          Honda Bay Island hopping

4:00 pm            End island hopping tour

6:00 pm            Dinner and wash up

7:00 pm            ETD Puerto Princesa

Day 2: El Nido Tour A or Tour C (El Nido Paradise Tours)

1:00 am            ETA El Nido. Rest

7:00 am            Breakfast

9:00 am            Start Tour with El Nido Paradise Tours

5:00 pm            End Tour with El Nido Paradise Tours

6:00 pm            Dinner

**

Tour A: Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7 Commando

Tour C: Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach and Hidden Beach

Day 3 El Nido - Coron (Via Fastcraft)

5:00 am            ETA El Nido Port

6:00 am            ETD El Nido Port

10:00 am          ETA Coron

11:00 am          Look for accommodation

12:00 nn           Lunch

1:00 pm            Explore Coron Island (Optional)

Day 4 Coron Island Tour or Coron Island Escapade Tour (MAG Tours)

7:00 am            Breakfast

9:00 am            Start Coron Island Tour with MAG Tours

5:00 pm            End Coron Island Tour with MAG Tours

6:00 pm            Dinner

**

Coron Island Tour: Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Atuwayan Beach, CYC Beach, Atuwayan Coral Garden, Skeleton Wreck

Coron Island Escapade: Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, Bulog Dos Island

Day 5 Home

Flight back Home


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SAMPLE BUDGET

Airfare                      Php 1,500 (Back and forth)

Van                          Php 500 (Puerto Princesa to El Nido)

Meals                      Php 100 x 9 (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner)

Honda Bay              Php 1,300/person

Tour A                      Php 1,200/person

FastCraft                 Php 1,760/person (El Nido to Coron)

Terminal Fee           Php 20/person

Coron Island Tour    Php 1,700/person

Accommodation       Php 500 x 3 (per night/per person)

Terminal Fee            Php 100

Emergency Cash      Php 1,000

TOTAL  =                   Php 11,500


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TIPS

  • Plan your trips ahead of time by organizing your tours
  • For the Fastcraft from El Nido to Coron (or vice versa), purchase tickets ASAP. Note that it runs out quickly
  • Lunch are included in every tour.
  • Bring a dry bag. All your things has a chance to get wet!
  • You may opt to do some inland tours if you want.
  • Are you into scuba diving? That’s possible!

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OTHER TOUR RATES

Puerto Princesa

  • Honda Bay (Php 1,300/person): Cowrie Island, Starfish Island, and Luli Island.
  • Underground River (Php 2,000/person)
  • Dolphin Watching (Php 1,000/person)

El Nido (Lunch Buffet and Snorkeling equipment included)

  • Tour A (Php 1,200/person): Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7 Commando
  • Tour B (Php 1,300/person): Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Entulala Island, Cudugnon Cave, and Snorkeling Site
  • Tour C (Php 1,400/person): Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach and Hidden Beach
  • Tour D (Php 1,200/person): Ipil Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Paradise Beach, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach and Bukal Beach

Coron (Lunch Buffet and Snorkeling equipment included)

  • Coron Island Tour (Php 1,700/person): Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Atuwayan Beach, CYC Beach, Atuwayan Coral Garden, Skeleton Wreck
  • Coron Island Escapade Tour (Php 1,950): Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, Bulog Dos Island

For Island Hopping Inquiries: Check out  El Nido Paradise Tours and Coron MAG Tours


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HOW TO GO HERE

Manila to Puerto Princesa

(by plane)

  • There are local airlines flying from Manila to Puerto Princesa regularly. 

Manila to El Nido

(by plane)

  • There are local airlines flying from Manila to El Nido

Puerto Princesa to El Nido

(by private van)

  • By hiring a public van, you are in charge of the time of departure from Puerto Princesa

(by public van)

  • You may opt to join other tourists in going to El Nido at a cheaper rate. Price ranges from Php 450 - 600.

El Nido to Coron

  • Fastcraft (Php 1,760): Via Montenegro Shipping Lines (3 1/2 hours travel time)

              ETD El Nido    6:00 am

              ETA Coron    10:00 am

  • Ferry (Php 1,400): Via Bunso and Jessabel (5-9 hours travel time)

              ETD El Nido    7:30am - 8:30am    

Coron to El Nido

  • Fastcraft (Php 1,760): Via Montenegro Shipping Lines (3 1/2 hours travel time)

              ETD Coron    12nn

              ETA El Nido    3:30pm

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