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El Nido to Coron

How to get from El Nido to Coron by boat.

A great onward destination and full of WWII ship wrecks Coron is an excellent add-on to your El Nido trip. There are several companies now running ferries and boats between the two islands.

Check out our Coron guide here.

There are a few ways to get between El Nido and Coron. One of the cheapest and most popular is by boat. What used to be a really long trip fraught with danger has now become a much easier affair. Especially now the fast ferry is running and can get you there in under 4 hours!.

Unless you are really trying to save money we suggest getting the fast ferry.

el nido to coron

Slow FerryFast Ferry
DescriptionLarge outrigger boats that depart El Nido every morning.A faster boat that departs El Nido every morning
Boat NamesBunso and JessabelMontenegro Lines
DepartureLeaves El Nido: ~7:30 – 8:30 amLeaves El Nido: 6 am
ReturnLeaves Coron: 7:30 – 8:30 amLeaves Coron: 12 pm
Duration5 – 9 hours3 1/2 hours
Capacity70 – 80 passengers110 passengers
Price1,400 Pesos1,760 Pesos

Booking Details

Fast Ferry:

Montenegro Lines


6.00 am Boarding time

[email protected]

they can also be booked at the Art Cafe here.

Slow Ferry:

Bunso 1,2,3 and 4 (4 is the slowest one)

8:00 am boarding, 8:30 am departure
Booking office downtown Coron/El Nido

MBCA Jessabel 2

7:30 am Departure
Smart: 0918-967-6837 / 0918-967-6838
Globe: 0915-850-1391

Via Linapacan

One last option is to travel to the town of San Fernando (also known as Dipnay) from here there is a ferry running every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The great thing about this one is that it normally makes a stop at Linapacan. Another beautiful island chain which is supposed to have the clearest waters in the Philippines!


9.00 am Departure  Mondays, Wednesday, Friday (dependant on weather)


Where to withdraw money in El Nido

The Philippines can be a little more expensive than other Asian countries, this can mean carrying around lots of extra cash or using your card more often. Unfortunately, it not always easy to find places to withdraw money here so I will tell you how to get money in El Nido.

Only last year (2015) did El Nido get its first ATM unfortunately, that wasn’t an end to the money problems. With so many tourists visiting the town it is constantly running out of money or even just plain not working. Some of the best advice would be to make sure you bring enough money for your trips with you. Try paying for your accommodation online and factor in the costs of your excursions.


On this map, you will find the ATM located inside the El Nido Municipal Hall.


money in el nido

money in el nido

If you do find yourself low on cash and the ATM isn’t working don’t panic, there are a couple of other options.


World Remit

World Remit 

This site is AMAZING. It lets you use any credit/debit (Visa/MasterCard) to make an online payment. You can then pick up the money at any local remittance branch. All for a fraction of the cost of Western Union.

  1. 1. Load the website worldremit.com
  2. 2. At the top of the page (not the big box in the middle) select the country to send from (this is your home country)
  3. 3. The page should then reload and you will be able to choose the country you want to send to (the Philippines) from the box in the middle.
  4. 4. Click Get Started
  5. 5. On the next page, you can choose the service you need. Choose Cash Pick Up
  6. 6. When it asks you to select payout network, the easiest is MLHUILLIER

(this is where you will pick up the money, It’s opposite the church on Real Street)

  1. 7. Choose the amount you want to send.
  2. 8. Now you need to sign up and fill in all your bank details.

(you will need official I.D matching the name of the recipient e.g. your passport.)

  1. 9. Make a note of the name of recipient and transaction code.
  2. 10. Head to MLHUILLIER opposite from the church on Real Street and pick up your cash.


Western Union

Western Union these guys are finding themselves a little outdated and way overpriced. But if nothing else works you can find them on Real Street.

Credit Card

You can use your card at the Petron gas station. Located just outside town they will charge you at least 8%.


If your stuck or have any questions let us help [email protected]

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Here is Danas hand drawn map of El Nido province. Can you find us?

map of el nido