Palawan is perennially voted the best island in the world (I think it has been 6 years running now), being voted the world’s best island might infer that Palawan is tiny. In fact, Palawan is pretty damned huge.
Therefore, where you plan to go to Palawan will massively affect how you want to get there.
Manila/Angeles to Puerto Princessa by flight
The most popular way to get yourself to Palawan is to fly to the capital of the island Puerto Princessa (PP) as the cool kids call it. There are multiple islands with flights to Puerto Princessa, such as Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, and PAL. Check here for flights.
PP is a decent enough city, but arriving here will leave you 6 or so hours drive from El Nido, and even further afield for getting to Coron. The main reason for coming to PP is to visit the Underground River, apparently one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. So there!
There are also international flights from Taiwan, or the Republic of China, depending on where you sit on that particular fence.
Flights to El Nido
El Nido Airport is hardly a metropolis, but there are now many more flights stopping at El Nido Airport, such as Manila, Clark (Angeles) and Cebu.
Can you take the ferry to Palawan?
Getting to Coron
We’ve mainly focused on El Nido and southern Palawan, as in our humble opinion is much better than Coron. To get to Coron you can fly directly from much of the Philippines, as well as take a ferry from El Nido, which takes about 7 hours.
That’s our guide to getting to Palawan. If you’d like to join a group island hopping trip, check the following, or let us know if we missed anything out.
Flying is by far the quickest way to get to Palawan, but if you have some kind of BA “I ain’t getting on no plane” thing then it is possible to take the ferry from Manila to Palawan, but get ready for a whopping 24 hours on the boat! Stock up on rum!