How do I get to El Nido from Manila?
Flying directly to El Nido is relatively more expensive (USD 360-400 roundtrip) and is provided by only one company, which is also the official carrier of El Nido Resorts. Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) flies daily — three times a day during peak season and twice a day during the lean months. Flying time from Manila to El Nido on a 50-seater ATR 42-500 plane is approximately 55 minutes. There is a baggage allowance of 10kg per passenger. Free refreshments and snacks are provided while you wait for your flight at the ITI lounge. And when you arrive (or leave), you even get serenaded (photo on the right).
Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI)
ITI Hangar No. 5-03-127, Andrews Avenue (near PAL Medical Center) Domestic Airport, Pasay City
+63 2 8515674; +63 2 8515667; +63 2 8545220
Land (via Puerto Princesa)
Take a plane from Manila to Puerto Princesa, and then a van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido for PHP 500-700 (USD10-12 one way).Travel time to El Nido is at least 5 hours with a few stop-overs. The roads have greatly improved as of February 2015 where majority is already concrete.
You can ask your hotel concierge to help you get a van that will pick you up from your hotel. Another option (which is cheaper) is to go to the Bus and Van Terminal and take it from there.
There are several van and bus companies that travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. However, if you’d like a more comfortable trip, you can book with Daytripper Inc. For P850 (van) or P950 (coach) one-way, you’ll have more leg room and luggage space, free snacks, and stop-overs at nice restaurants.