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PHILIPPINES: Coron Vs El Nido, Which One Is The Best?

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A couple of years in the past once I was touring across the Philippines, I used to be fortunate sufficient to go to the gorgeous island of Palawan and take a look at each El Nido and Coron, two of the “must-see/jaw-dropping” locations within the Philippines.




I’ve been pondering so much about these days spent there however I nonetheless can’t actually determine which place ought to seize the winner’s spot as “Paradise on earth” vacation spot. In order I promised in one in all my earlier articles in regards to the Philippines, I made a decision to make a comparability between the 2. A kind of a professionals and cons record, however clearly with primarily constructive stuff in it as a result of hey, we’re speaking about two of essentially the most beautiful locations I’ve ever seen in my life in spite of everything! ☺

Every has its personal deserves. Each are in Palawan, an island that has been repeatedly chosen as top-of-the-line islands on the planet by many prestigious journey magazines.

El Nido has change into very talked-about lately. Coron falls just a bit behind in recognition and continues to be thought-about as primarily a diver’s vacation spot.

However don’t fear, even when you don’t dive Coron has a lot to supply. On condition that I really like them each, I believed it was simply truthful to check them utilizing a couple of completely different parameters, so let’s get began!


1 |Coron vs El Nido Common Value:

Lodging/Tour costs

I’ve some excellent news in right here: After I speak about “costly” within the Philippines I don’t imply loopy costly however I’m evaluating the typical costs for lodging in Asia and in some locations of the Philippines they’re above the typical however nonetheless tremendous low-cost if in comparison with European seashore locations for instance (with the exceptions of some tremendous fancy resorts however even these costs are literally cheap when you take into account the vacation spot!)

One other good thing of each Coron and El Nido is that they each supply options for each pocket, from individuals who need to splurge a bit in a elaborate resort to the semi-penniless backpacker, these two paradise locations have lodging with costs which are accessible to everybody (given that you’re keen to be versatile with reference to sure facilities), however each Coron and El Nido will allow you to fully overlook about cash!




Excessive-Finish Luxurious Resorts:


A superb Resort within the secluded bay of Miniloc Island close to El Nido. This one might be the most costly however it’s merely paradise on earth and has all of the meals included too 🙂 Need to test it out? Right here is the hyperlink!

Let me let you know one factor that I do know for sure: El Nido is, on common, way more costly than Coron (however keep in mind what I mentioned in regards to the phrase “costly” earlier than, proper?). This received’t scare high-end vacationers who’re going to remain in all-inclusive resorts, as the typical worth is about the identical in each locations, and doubtless if that’s your case you most likely received’t fear an excessive amount of about each peso you spend anyway (fortunate you!).


Mid-Vary/Funds Lodging & Excursions In Coron And El Nido:

El Nido’s mid-range and funds motels could be extra expensive than their equivalents in Coron. If you’re on this class of vacationers (like most individuals are) than it’s one thing to contemplate. On prime of that, all the points of interest in El Nido are normally costlier too.

Tip to spend much less cash on Excursions in El Nido:

Put your religion in one of many locals that personal a ship and you may be delighted by an excellent inexpensive worth, the freedom of selecting how lengthy you’ll keep in a particular place and wait until the opposite boats go away to get pleasure from essentially the most spectacular seashores by your self!


Don’t overlook to pay for the fastened native tax (it’s unlawful to get to these locations with out it, however you may get it simply at a stand on the seashore the place all of the excursions depart). The boat received’t most likely be tremendous fancy however you aren’t there to remain on the boat… snorkeling time!


Under is a video I took throughout one in all my excursions in El Nido utilizing the boat of an area, saving cash and nonetheless having fun with it to the fullest!

That being mentioned, each are appropriate for any sort of traveler, together with backpackers. The worth distinction shouldn’t scare worldwide vacationers, and I don’t consider it needs to be the principle cause why it’s best to or shouldn’t go to both of those paradises.


It’s simply that if you need to select one, and also you’re actually (and I imply REALLY) tight on cash, then Coron could be a barely higher possibility for you.


The place To Keep? Resorts Motels & Hostels in El Nido

So far as my expertise goes, I managed to remain in two completely different locations in El Nido, one was a “costlier possibility” (however nonetheless very handy) away from the principle village and one was an excellent primary room in El Nido City virtually in entrance of the pier.

Choice A: Tapik Seashore Park Guesthouse


This is likely one of the two locations I’ve checked out in El Nido.  I stayed in a pretty massive hutch with a balcony and sea view for lower than 35 euros per evening, breakfast included (and that is their most costly sort of lodging!)Learn extra beneath, as this can be a place you don’t need to miss.

I so loved my keep there that I didn’t need to go away! The setting is spectacular, quiet and distant. If you’re on the lookout for peace, that is it! The one “draw back” is that it takes at the least 45 min/1 hour to the village.

This pretty place is positioned within the Imorigue bay, on the alternative facet of the busiest a part of El Nido. The administration organizes some superior excursions, beneath are those I took:


  • I booked a ship journey with them to the close by islands (not the same old tremendous well-known excursions A B C D in El Nido. On this one, you’ll actually really feel like Robinson Crusoe! Really abandoned islands, fabulous seashores with simply YOU in them, snorkeling with our incredible information who confirmed us the ocean lions and plenty of different varieties of fish and colourful corals. I cherished that tour because it was “real”. No massive boats, only a bunch of individuals and no different vacationers in sight.


  • I went to see fireflies at evening! Yep, booked a second journey (they’re tremendous low-cost in comparison with the well-known ones) and this was an actual journey! We went for an evening tour and the various fireflies hidden within the bushes create the phantasm of a sky stuffed with stars in the midst of the mangroves!


As that weren’t superior sufficient, on our method again we switched off the lights of the small boat, every thing was darkish and silent, and the Plankton’s began to glow within the water surrounding our boat. I’ll always remember that evening!

E-book at Tapik Seashore now!

Choice B: Austria’s Visitor Home


The most effective choices if you wish to keep at 5 minutes from the seashore and from all of the outlets. The homeowners had been LOVELY!


That is the place I spent my second week in paradise! If you’re on the lookout for low-cost lodging within the middle of El Nido Village (not simple to seek out due to its location), that is it!


Just one suggestion: I visited the place again in 2014 and on the time in El Nido, they reduce the electrical energy from 6 am to 2 pm. Some costlier motels have an influence generator so that you received’t even discover when the electrical energy is off, however this one (on the time) didn’t have it so right here is my recommendation:


  • Electrical energy points in El Nido? Name or e-mail them asking what the scenario is now. Some individuals declare that’s higher and the electrical energy outages are much less frequent and that now they don’t have to chop it each day, however you by no means know. I’m fairly certain they are going to be very easy about what’s occurring in the intervening time.


  • If you happen to journey with electronics, carry an exterior supply of energy simply in case. A mini fan would even be good if you’re not planning on going for a ship journey as it could get actually sizzling, and I imply SERIOUSLY sizzling when you don’t have it. The few days I didn’t go for a ship journey I took one thing like 4 chilly showers within the morning ready for my fan to be operative once more after 2 pm 🙂


Apart from that, the homeowners are actually pretty, I keep in mind they even invited me to take a seat with them for lunch in the future and provided me their meals with out wanting something in return even when I insisted on paying. The place is close to every thing you want on foot and tremendous handy, with a pleasant restaurant and a breakfast space upstairs. The seashore/pier is actually a couple of blocks away.


I selected a primary room with a shared toilet and chilly bathe (which was really a aid given how sizzling it was throughout my keep) however additionally they supply rooms with a rest room.


The place is sort of primary, nothing fancy however it’s top-of-the-line by way of worth when you don’t need to spend so much and are a bit versatile regarding the facilities supplied. The free breakfast was really wonderful, with recent fruits, waffles, pancakes, espresso and extra. Yummy!

E-book At Austria’s now!




2 | Getting To Coron And El Nido:


In the case of the way to get to Coron and El Nido, I see many individuals getting confused on the place they’re positioned precisely, so right here is a straightforward map with the principle methods to achieve them and transfer from one place to the opposite!


The way to get to El Nido:

One of the best ways to get to El Nido these days is by flight. This selection wasn’t accessible a couple of years again, and it’s an actual time-saver, only one hour and 15 min.


There are 4 each day flights from Manila (operated by Air Swift), 1 from Cebu, and there’s a rumor that there’s going to be one from Boracay anytime quickly.


You can too do it the old-school method, and fly into Puerto Princesa, then take a van to El Nido. You’ll lower your expenses, however be keen to spend so much of time on the highway (5-6 hours).


After I visited El Nido I first arrived at Busuanga Airport in Coron,  flying from Manila, so I needed to take a ship to achieve El Nido. I didn’t e-book the tickets on-line, I simply went to an area stand and purchased them for round 25$. The trip was really very nice even when it took us 8 hours to get there.


Nevertheless, when you choose to go to El Nido first and need to get on a bus from Puerto Princesa, be prepared for a bumpy and fairly uncomfortable trip.


I made the error to get on the again of the bus, pondering that I may relaxation extra however oh boy, was I unsuitable! I ended up with my kidneys on my elbow and the center most likely on my ft 🙂


Nonetheless, for essentially the most adventurous, the worth was unbeatable, lower than 15$ and if you’re on a funds, just a little discomfort continues to be value it to get to paradise! Under are the choices accessible to go to Puerto Princesa to El Nido through highway:


To provide you an concept: 700PH= 14 $ / 380PH = 7.5$ / 2000PH=40$ /3500PH=70$

The way to get to Coron:

The way in which to get to Coron is easy. There are a number of each day flights from Manila and one or two from Cebu to the native airport (Francisco Reyes previously known as Busuanga).


There’s additionally a brand new quick craft service between Coron and El Nido by Montenegro Fastcraft (3.5 hours). Attending to each locations, and from one to the opposite, is way simpler than it was once I did it so… take into account your self fortunate 🙂

If you’re already in El Nido you may e-book your ferry tickets from El Nido to Coron, fast and in addition an fulfilling approach to soar from one paradise to a different!




3 | Getting round El Nido and Coron

Getting round El Nido and Coron is completed in two methods. Both you hire a motorcycle to discover the mainland, otherwise you go Island hopping.


Coron and El Nido are small cities, and you may simply discover them on foot to get to all the bars and eating places. Different common technique of transportation are tricycles, which price 10-20P for a trip within the city. Going exterior of city will price you 300P or extra, relying on the space.


If you happen to occur to spend your nights in one of many non-public islands owned by 5-star motels, they are going to organize a pickup for you. You possibly can coordinate it your self or let your journey company do it for you. The resort itself runs a shuttle service that goes to the mainland between 4 and 5 instances a day.



4 | Seashores/ Excursions in Coron and El Nido


Me having fun with a spectacular day in El Nido, right here I used to be getting into the astonishing massive lagoon. Spectacular!

Each cities will not be nice on this side. I do know it sounds absurd that the 2 finest tropical locations on the planet don’t have any correct seashore!


That shouldn’t fear you, nonetheless, because the beauties that these two locations maintain are distinctive, just a bit tougher to get to.


Coron Seashores:

Coron city doesn’t have seashore – It’s a sleepy fishing city with a rocky shoreline. Most of the city’s residents reside in homes constructed on stilts, straight above the ocean and blocking the so-called seashore.


Visiting one of many close by and spectacular seashores would require taking a ship. Your boatman will both stick with you or choose you up at a time you agreed upon, relying on how far it’s.


For additional studying take a look at the island-hopping part of the web page. The one seashore in Coron that doesn’t require using a ship to achieve it’s Cabo Seashore (30-minute drive), however by my requirements is just not a jaw-dropping seashore.


El Nido Seashores:

El Nido is way friendlier, because it has a seashore of its personal. It’s not very good although, because it isn’t pure white sand, and the water isn’t so clear, however you may go for a fast swim when you really feel prefer it.


Renting a motorcycle or hiring a tricycle will take you a lot additional, to mainland seashores reminiscent of twin seashores Nacpan and Calitang (one in all my favorites!), and to Duli, Mariposa, and Dagmay.

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Nacpang Seashore in El Nido

El Nido wins one of the best seashores part for accessibility causes solely, with many mainland seashores and a seashore fronting the city itself. When attending to the extra secluded seashores by boat, each are equally excellent.




5 | Nightlife In Coron and El Nido

So that you need to occasion… After I was in El Nido it was in a transition section, from a sleepy fishing city very similar to Coron, to changing into one of the crucial touristy cities within the Philippines. These days you will discover many bars open till very late, enjoying music and throwing some small seashore events.


Coron, alternatively, maintained its nature, and beside the native eating places and eateries, you may’t discover a lot to do at evening there. My suggestion to you when you’re seeking to exit in Coron City, attempt No Identify Bar.



6 | Diving, Free Diving, and Snorkeling In Coron and El Nido


Diving is nice in each locations and is among the many finest you’ll discover wherever on the planet, however there may be one main distinction within the nature of the dives.


El Nido Diving:

El Nido gives nice riffs, coral gardens, and wealthy marine life. It’s a lot better for newcomers as a result of many of the dive websites are positioned in Bacuit Bay, sheltered from winds and making the water very calm. I loved my expertise there as I really like how colourful marine life may be in El Nido!


Coron Diving:

Coron is known for its wreck diving, because it was the stage of a naval battle between the US and Imperial Japan throughout WWII. There are 12 Japanese vessels with ships so long as 168m lengthy.


A few of the dives are appropriate for newcomers and aren’t that deep. Though most of the dive websites are deeper and require superior coaching, that it’s best to both have already got when arriving in Coron, or acquire whereas there.


One other cool factor about Coron’s Marine life is that it’s one of many remaining locations on the planet the place you’re in a position to spot Dugongs (sea cows) within the wild. There’s the Dugong Dive Heart that focuses on such dives.

Coron additionally has all of what El Nido’s providing by way of marine life, and truly it’s just a little higher. Due to this fact Coron is superior to El Nido by way of diving. I really was additionally in a position to simply free dive to see a shipwreck that was just a few meters away from the floor, so even if you’re not for scuba diving, on this regard, Coron positively wins.




7 |Island hopping In Coron vs El Nido

Island hopping is definitely the highlights of your keep in Palawan, each El Nido and Coron supply a few of the finest boat journeys I’ve ever seen around the globe for a really cheap worth. If you happen to go to one (or each) areas, it’s a should to take at the least one tour however I like to recommend at the least 2 in every place!

El Nido Island Hopping


Island Hopping in El Nido is the factor that made this city well-known. Due to its recognition, the excursions turned very organized, and there isn’t a lot flexibility concerned except you’re planning to rent a personal boat to take you round.


Or like I did, I discovered an area fisherman with a ship and made a cope with him, finest resolution ever as I used to be in a position to see most of those superb locations when the opposite boats had been gone (and at half worth!).


The highlights of the island hopping excursions are the massive, small and hidden lagoons of Miniloc Island, and Hidden and secret seashore in Matinloc Island.


There are 4 excursions to select from, A, B, C and D, and excursions A and B are thought-about the preferred amongst vacationers, however I actually loved the tour C as effectively as a result of I used to be with the fisherman’s boat and we managed to see the hidden seashore and secret seashore with none vacationer.


When it will get crowded it’s a bit much less spectacular after all however nonetheless value it in my view. The one one I didn’t take was the tour D as a result of I didn’t have time.




If you wish to expertise Palawan and El Nido on a ship for a 9 days journey, take a look at this tour: Philippines Palawan Journey  or for extra excursions within the Philippines (I drooled over that web page for days!) you may take a look at the supply in right here: Excursions within the Philippines.


Coron Island Hopping:


Admiring the breathtaking view earlier than attending to Kayangan Lake in Coron, throughout Tour A. That is A MUST SEE!!

The highlights of Coron Island hopping are: Banol and Atuayan on Coron Island (not the island of Coron City), Banana Island, Calauit and Malajon (also called Black Island) islands.


I particularly like Black Island that in contrast to what its title signifies has pure white sand. It’s nicknamed Black Island for the black towering cliffs that make this island. On the seashore, there are various caves that their partitions sparkle when in contact with mild.

When you have time I extremely advocate you to attempt the 2-4 days expeditions! I did one and it was by far my finest expertise throughout my 4 months within the Philippines!


You’ll have to be an adventurous particular person and extremely versatile too as that is the actual deal! You can be tenting on abandoned islands, patiently look forward to the boat crew to go fishing by evening and convey again the meals for you, however the rewards of waking up in a tent when the solar rises over a fabulous abandoned seashore are troublesome to explain!


There are additionally different actually attention-grabbing excursions in that depart from Manila and attain Coron by boat, take a look at this one for five days all included: Coron Island Explorer


Or the superb one I did (4 days of pure magic you CAN NOT MISS): Test it out and browse the opinions, I went with them so I can assure it’s all true!


I really feel that saying that one is healthier than the opposite on this case is not possible. Because of the perfection of the 2 locations, it’s past my capability to inform any distinction. However there may be one factor it’s best to take into account.


Due to El Nido’s recognition, you’re going to satisfy individuals all the time whereas island hopping. In Coron, you may nonetheless really feel prefer it’s simply you on the market (effectively, virtually!).




8 | Different points of interest in Coron and El Nido


Admiring a phenomenal Sundown on a abandoned island in Coron! One of many many nice experiences you may have in Palawan!

Each locations have quite a lot of actions, at instances very completely different from each other. Due to this fact this part will give a brief overview of the actions and never essentially a comparability.


Palawan: Sizzling Springs & Waterfalls in El Nido and Coron


The gorgeous Kalit Waterfall in El Nido

Each locations have sizzling springs, Makinint in El Nido, and Maquinit in Coron. Makinint requires trekking to get to, and you may’t really dip within the water. It’s too sizzling and too shallow. Maquinit is definitely very accessible and on the best way to Cabo seashore.


It is likely one of the solely few saltwater springs on the planet and is surrounded by mangroves. You possibly can dip in it, and it’s a very nice spot. Nagkalit-kalit waterfalls in El Nido: on the best way to Nacpan Seashore and really near Makinit Sizzling springs. It requires trekking as effectively, however it’s generally dry. Attempt to discover out forward, and don’t trouble going if there is no such thing as a water.


Coron additionally has a small waterfall in Calauit Island. It’s a 3m tall waterfall, and although it’s not as spectacular because the one in El Nido, it at all times has water in it. Test it out when you’re within the space.



Lagoons in Coron and El Nido

I wrote in regards to the lagoons of El Nido within the island hopping part. The lagoons in Coron will not be a part of an island hopping tour however extra of a tour in Coron Island itself.


The Twin Lagoons are linked to one another simply by a small gap within the cliffs that you simply swim via. It’s a mesmerizing spot positively value a go to. There are extra lagoons on the island like inexperienced and secret lagoon, however all in all, I have to admit that El Nido’s lagoons are the winners right here.

Lakes in Coron And El Nido

Coron is completely main over El Nido with its lakes, 11 in quantity in comparison with none in El Nido. Not all are open to the general public, however the ones which are open, are simply incredible.


Kayangan lake is alleged to be the cleanest in Asia, and the water there (70% recent, 30% salt) is so clear. I’ll always remember swimming in it, and also you shouldn’t miss it when in Coron. To not point out that the well-known place the place I took the image with that breathtaking view of the ocean and cliffs is on the best way to achieve Kayangan lake (Tour A), so be sure you received’t miss it for something on the planet!


Tip: Don’t take an image solely on the same old cliff, be inventive and ask somebody to take an image of you  sitting on the cliff however from the small cave behind it as I did in right here:


I made a decision to depart the image on this place however you may take straight ones too after all. It’s so pretty to border such a view with the cave’s rocks!

Barracuda Lake can be a should, once more with a mixture of salt and freshwater, the place you may dive into it, and see a lot of fish, a Japanese wreck, and a 30m deep cave the place the Barracuda supposedly reside.


It’s thought-about to be one of many craziest muck dives on the planet, however it’s excellent for swimming and snorkeling and may be reached by foot from Coron Island.

Different Points of interest in Palawan El Nido

Different points of interest in El Nido you may attempt kayaking in Bacuit Bay for the quiet water permit you to paddle comfy, and discover secret non-public seashores.


You are able to do some mountain mountaineering and climb Taraw cliff for an epic view of the city and bay (you should definitely take a information, it may be fairly harmful to attempt by yourself).


You can too surf in Duli Seashore, although it’s going to take you 2 hours to get there. Evidently El Nido’s recognition developed a wider vary of actions for its vacationers.




So who’s the winner between Coron and El Nido?

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The way in which I have a look at it, with regards to deciding which place is healthier within the points of interest class, there is no such thing as a goal reply and it actually depends upon your private preferences.


If you happen to like selection however want a snug trip, then El Nido could be a greater possibility for you, however when you want to discover unfamiliar territories and you’ve got an adventurous spirit, then Coron gives you all you must get pleasure from an ideal vacation in Palawan.


As you may most likely inform from what I wrote to this point, I’m so connected to each locations, subsequently you may already guess that I’d say it’s best to go to each.


Now that there’s the quick craft service that connects them, It’s much more troublesome to simply select one. For my part, these two paradises are each distinctive and have so many superb issues to supply. Because of this it took me round one month to determine the place to go and in the long run, I’m so glad I select to see each locations 🙂


Now it’s as much as you and the time you will have accessible, however as a rule of thumb, when you’ve got at the least 10/12 days, I’d say… go to each!


If you happen to solely have a couple of days or one week, I hope I’ve given you an unbiased comparability so to determine for your self which one fits you essentially the most. In any case, you received’t be upset. Get pleasure from Palawan Paradise!


Have you ever ever been to Palawan? Which place do you suppose is finest?Go away your remark beneath!


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