Travel

Getting Here and Away

Palawan - Getting Here and Away

First, you will need to book your international flights to Manila, Philippines. International flights to Cebu are also available. From Manila you will have to travel at least 1 day prior to the expedition to Palawan, we strongly recommend to allow time for flexibility in your travel plans. Flights can be cancelled or Departures of expeditions can be effected by bad weather. We recommend that you have least 2 days in both El nido and Coron.

For local flight assistance, you may contact dctravelandtours@live.com.

*Always make sure that you schedule your flight in/out of Manila at least 2 days before/after your expedition. You are required to check-in and attend a group briefing at 17:00h the evening before your departure. Trips arrive in the destination port at approx. 18:00h so onward travel arrangements must be made for the next day at the earliest.

Connection between El Nido and Coron: There are several Bangka ferry companies that services Coron- EL Nido vice versa- 4 – 5 times a week. Bangka ferry can take up to 7-10 hour journey. Booking can be done only when you are in Coron or El Nido. The journey can be slow and rough if the wind is strong.

Coron - Getting Here and Away

  • MANILA – BUSUNGA [CORON] – daily flight from CEBU PACIFIC and PAL EXPRESS. You can also check skyjetair.com and airjuan.com
  • EL NIDO to CORON – Once a day flight with air-swift.com
  • MANILA to CORON – Once a week FERRY (12-14 hours) – travel.2go.com.ph
  • If you are joining us from Coron, look for a flight to Busuanga Airport (Coron). There are regular flights (3 to 4 times a day) with Cebu Pacific or PAL Express. From Busuanga airport it’s a 40 minute transfer ride to Coron town. There are shuttle vans operating outside the terminal and cost P150.00 PHP per person. The Tao Office in Coron is on Don Pedro St., which is in the Centre of town. It’s easy to find us – just ask the drivers for directions.

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  • MANILA – BUSUNGA [CORON] – daily flight from CEBU PACIFIC and PAL EXPRESS. You can also check skyjetair.com and airjuan.com
  • EL NIDO to CORON – Once a day flight with air-swift.com
  • MANILA to CORON – Once a week FERRY (12-14 hours) – travel.2go.com.ph
  • If you are joining us from Coron, look for a flight to Busuanga Airport (Coron). There are regular flights (3 to 4 times a day) with Cebu Pacific or PAL Express. From Busuanga airport it’s a 40 minute transfer ride to Coron town. There are shuttle vans operating outside the terminal and cost P150.00 PHP per person. The Tao Office in Coron is on Don Pedro St., which is in the Centre of town. It’s easy to find us – just ask the drivers for directions.

    If your trip ends in Coron, then you will need to book a flight from Busuanga (make a 2 day buffer after your trip). The boat arrives in Coron between 5PM to 6PM which is too late to catch a flight out.

    There are many accommodation options in town if you are just staying for one night. If you are staying longer, there are resorts in the islands which will arrange transportation to and from the town. Just inform the resort that you will arrive in Coron with Tao by 6pm at the Tao office if you wish to be picked up. If you are travelling on a Private Expedition then you can arrange to be dropped off directly at certain resorts en-route. This can be arranged when you check-in or register before your expedition starts.

    El Nido - Getting Here and Away

    There are some options:

  • DIRECT FLIGHTS TO AND FROM EL NIDO with Island Transvoyager Inc. (air-swift.com) – A 40 seater plane that is difficult to book during holidays. They are available with charter planes from the private airport owned by El Nido Resort. ITI is the company that service the charter. 6,500 to 7,500 pesos per person. Manila to EL Nido to Manila flights – Contact El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com Coron to El Nido flights – Once a day flight schedule with air-swift.com
  • FLY TO PUERTO PRINCESA Puerto Princesa is approximately 250km south of El Nido and requires a 5 to 6 hour van ride or 7 hour public bus ride. CHERRY BUS AND RORO BUS is the name of the company that is most reliable with hourly service from 8am up to 10pm. Vans and buses leave from the bus station in San Jose. Flights to Puerto Princesa: MANILA, CEBU, ILOILO or DAVAO – PUERTO PRINCESA – daily flights from CEBU PACIFIC and PAL EXPRESS and AIRASIA
  • FLY TO SAN VICENTE from CLARK PAMPANGA or MANILA San Vicente is approximately 108km south of El Nido and requires a 2 to 3 hours van ride. From Clark Pampanga, check flights via Philippine Airlines at www.philippineairlines.com. From Manila, chec flights via Skyjet at www.flyskyjetair.com (starting July 16, 2019)
  • Land Transportation (Mini shuttle van) CORON Contac Person: Rose Contact Number: +63 920 978 8457

    EL NIDO/PUERTO PRINCESA Contact Person: Dory Contact Number: +63 920 954 8991

    Fast Ferry

    Montenegro Ferry

    El Nido to Coron ETD: 6:00 AM

    Coron to El Nido ETD: 12:00 NN

    Contact Number: +639288261645

    Price: 1760 PHP per peson

    Once to 3 times per week

    Jomalia Shipping Corp.

    El Nido to Coron ETD: 12:30 PM

    Coron to El Nido ETD: 07:30 AM

    Contact Number: +639296584445

    Price: 1800 PHP per person

    Everyday departure starting October 12, 2019

    Phimal Fast Ferry

    El Nido to Coron ETD: 08:20 AM

    Coron to El Nido ETD: 01:00 PM

    Contact Number: 639472263692

    Price: 1760 PHP per person

    Departure & Arrival Times

    First will need to ‘check-in’ at our office in town of your departure 17:00h the day before you depart. Please read the info in the ‘PREPARATIONS’ section.

    All Expeditions depart/start at 8:30H from:

    TAO EL NIDO OFFICE: Tao House, Corong Corong.

    TAO CORON OFFICE: Don Pedro St. Centre of town.

    * Both of our offices are easy to find and both of the town is not that big that you cannot find us.

    For anyone who misses the departure of the expedition due to disrupted travel plans, there is a possibility to catch up with a private boat transfer. Boat hire costs from 5,000 PHP – 10,000 PHP depends on how far you need to travel. This can be arranged by our staff in our office. Please take note of our emergency contact numbers so that you can inform us of changes to your travel plans due to flight delays, cancellations or other travel disruptions.

    We have the right to cancel your booking if you do not inform us or if you do not show up on the briefing.

    For Private Expeditions, we will depart when you and your group are ready. All expeditions usually arrive/end between 17:00H – 18:00H. There will be time for you to transfer to your accommodation before it gets dark if you are staying on the mainland.

    If you are staying in an island resort please inform them that you will be travelling with Tao and that you will be arriving in town between 17h and 18h. They will be able to advise you on their transfer policies.