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Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

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Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

Hello,

I am spending two weeks in Palawan in March 2014, I was hoping to fit in 1 week in El Nido followed by 1 week in Coron. Having spent hours trying to find a way to do this I am starting to think it is either impossible (no more ferry's), or very dangerous (by banca), or very time consuming (road back to Puerta Princesa then fly to Busuanga).

Please could someone tell me if I have missed any options in my research or if there is a safe and reliable boat/ferry?

Failing that it seems almost impossible to decide between the two destinations, if I can only go to one, which would it be? Which is better; which has the best beaches, snorkeling & sealife?

Many thanks

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1. Re: Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

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3. Re: Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

No ferry from Coron to El Nido that Im aware of. Banca is the only method of transportation between the two places.

Read this thread Re Banca travel between the 2 places. Factual account by several members who have done the journey and not just hearsay. Make up your own mind.

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g294255-i8273-k…

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5. Re: Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

PHoenix242, since I have hired a bangka for sole use between Bantayan and Malapascua Islands (a trip of a little more than two hours) and I also found that fine (save for neglecting to bring a cushion), I would probably also do it between El Nido and Coron.

However, my willingness to do so would only be between December and may to minimise the chance of rough seas. I would also want the banca to leave by 0700 at the latest as mythical or not, seas are calmer in the morning.

tommomelbourne was only trying to be his usual extremely helpful self. Some other TA contributors have had a bad experience, so as tommomelbourne suggests, it's up to each of us to weight the positive and negative comments and make a decision.

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6. Re: Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

Thanks Victorianlad and yes you are right Im not suggesting you should or you shouldnt go by Banca. I think members need to weigh up the risks and facts and make their own decision. Im sure there have been MANY MANY pleasant trips and perhaps a few very unpleasant trips. Your trip was pleasant others were not. I dont recall anywhere I said not to do the Banca journey...I just wouldnt do it myself based on MY own risk assessment. But Wow some members get very excitable if your opinion differs from their opinion. Thanks for your very excitable pm PHoenix :-)

...and please accept my apology that I ever doubted a 1000+ post poster.

Tommo

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7. Re: Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

legalnomads.com/2009/06/atienza-cargo-ferry-…

If you are adventurous take the regular motorised banka. but if you want a calmer alternative, read the link

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8. Re: Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

dutchpickle.com/philippines/coron/el-nido-to…

looking at the pictures of M/B Jessabel, it looks to be comfortably sized. Its as big as Aurora (even bigger?), the boat used by Tao Philippines when crossing the same route.

However, 8 hrs sitting on this boat could be boring unless you have something to amuse yourself. If you travel during the non-typhoon season, this boat can be "safe" as they have crossed the same routes hundreds of time.

Inconvenience and boredom would be the greatest challenge in crossing Elnido-Coron or vversa.

Would I do it or suggest it? Yes and that is taking faith in Phoenix242 suggestion as well.

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10. Re: Any way to travel between Coron and El Nido?

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....Oh Gee!! I'm all excited! Let's have a banka race!

....See you soon, Palawan!

Papalo