El Nido vs Coron Palawan

The Ultimate Philippines Battle

El Nido vs Coron Palawan [ The Ultimate Philippines Battle ]


There’s no questions asked when it comes to the beauty of the Philippines.

It’s STUNNING. There aren’t many places in this heavenly country that will leave you disappointed.

I’m assuming you’ve clicked on this article because you’re trying to choose which of the Palawan promise lands to visit, but just in case you don’t know, El Nido and Coron are two extremely stunning and scenic islands located in Palawan.

Is it worth going to both El Nido AND Coron? Or will one island be better suited for what you want to do?

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While there are lots of intense differences between El Nido and Coron, there are a few similarities too. Such as:

  • Picture-perfect scenery
  • Horrible WiFi connection
  • Constant power outages
  • One not-so-reliable ATM on each island

You may or may not have already read ‘Literally Everything You Need To Know About The Philippines’, but if you only have time for either El Nido or Coron, which will it be?

I hope your answer is in this article somewhere. That’s why we’ve carefully broken down different components of travel from each destination to help you in your decision making.

There’s no way you could possibly be disappointed with either of the islands, but there are some differences between El Nido and Coron, which begs the ultimate battle… El Nido vs Coron Palawan?


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El Nido Vs Coron Palawan

Scenery 

 

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  • Excursions

  • Island Scenery

Both El Nido and Coron have island hopping tours where you will be on a boat for the day visiting all the surrounding sights and the most beautiful places in the Philippines such as Big Lagoon in El Nido, and Kayangan Lake in Coron.

The islands tours in El Nido definitely have more choices and destinations so in turn, more to do, however Coron’s island tours have more of a wow factor to them.

To be quite honest, choosing a winner in terms of excursions and scenery is extremely difficult, so it might have to be a tie in this category.

On the actual islands of El Nido vs Coron Palawan, the scenery is distinctive.

El Nido has an abundance of different activities to do that don’t include a boat tour, such as hiking to the top of the mountain or finding peaceful getaways like Nacpan Beach, whereas in Coron there’s practically nothing to do unless you go on a boat tour.

If you hired a scooter for the day to explore the island of Coron, you won’t see anything really remotely jaw-dropping, so I don’t recommend doing so.

El Nido however, has stunning green mountains, a variety of different sights and even a hike that is worth taking a day to explore.

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 Parties 

 

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  • Bars & Clubs

  • Boat Parties 

  • Hostel Parties

 

So there is literally one bar in Coron’s main town called ‘No Name Bar’… confusing, I know. Obviously as there is only one bar in town, Coron hasn’t got much of a party culture, if any.

El Nido however, has a beach strip full of bars and parties that will have you out bar hopping till the sun rises.

It’s no doubt that El Nido takes the cake for the bars & clubs category.

Don’t expect any crazy ‘Full Moon Party’ scene in El Nido though, the party scene here can be quite chilled compared to the latter, however, don’t let this automatically fool you into thinking there won’t be a few wild nights had in El Nido either.

El Nido has more of a potential to get a little wild when compared to Coron.

In terms of boat parties, there are no known boat parties happening in Coron, but in El Nido, the boat island hopping tours sort of turn into a booze cruise throughout the incredible El Nido hidden gems.

Coron is definitely lacking in hostels and is more of a hotel oriented island. El Nido is the bigger backpacker destination and is flooding with backpacker hostels.

Outpost Beach Hostel in El Nido by far has the best hostel parties on this island. There are different parties every night to get you started for the night before heading out to the bars.

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 Price

 

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  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Boat Tours
  • Private Boat

Obviously we all know that the Philippines is one of the world’s cheapest tropical island destinations to travel to. But when it comes to El Nido vs Coron Palawan, who is the cheapest?

When it comes to food, El Nido and Coron are on par with each other and the food costs similarly in both destinations.

Accommodation in Coron is still sparse at this point. Therefore Coron’s accommodation prices are steeper than El Nido’s prices. Just to be clear, there aren’t really any hostels in Coron either. El Nido has lots of hostels and cheap hotels.

If you’re on a backpackers budget, you’ll really appreciate the price of accommodation in El Nido over Coron.

In saying this, it’s not as if Coron’s hotel prices are overly expensive either. You just do notice a bit of a price difference in Coron.

Boat Tours in El Nido and Coron are basically the same price, however booking a private boat in Coron is much cheaper than it is in El Nido.

Just to note, Coron is slightly harder to access and get in and out of, therefore flights tend to be more expensive than other places in the Philippines.

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Accessibility

 

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  • Airplane
  • Ferry
  • Getting Around The Island

 

Good news! Both El Nido and Coron have an airport, so getting to and from these paradises via airplane is quite simple.

Taking a ferry however, is a little bit more tricky… In Coron, that is.

The most popular backpacking route is to go from Coron to El Nido, which you can take a ferry to.  You have the choice of taking the fast, or the slow ferry.

If you’re trying to get the fast, air-conditioned ferry from Coron to El Nido, good luck.

There is only ONE of these ferries departing per day at midday, and the demand is so high you may miss out on your chance to book a secure ticket and be stuck on the slow, non air-conditioned ferry, which is not fun.

Well… it’s funny, but definitely not fun.

Taking a ferry out of El Nido is a much easier task and there are a lot more ferries departing every day.

Now, getting around the island on El Nido and Coron is a very easy exercise. Both El Nido and Coron are so small that you can pretty much walk everywhere, but you can take a tricycle around the island if you choose to do so.

If you want to explore the islands scenery and sights more deeply, you’ll have to rent a scooter.

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Vibes

 

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  • Backpacker & Party Vibes
  • Couples & Quiet Vibes

 

In terms of vibes, it all depends on what vibes you’re… you know, vibin’.

If you’re a couple, or into a more quiet scene, then Coron is hands down the island for you.

Coron has lots of nice, little restaurants situated all over the town which overlook those gorgeous limestone cliffs that take your breath away, and it’s very serene and peaceful. Coron doesn’t have much of a backpacker party culture.

El Nido on the other hand, has probably some of the best backpacker vibes throughout the Philippines. The town has bars, clubs and hostels scattered literally on the beach, so this place is a backpackers haven.

Don’t get it twisted… I’m not saying that couples won’t enjoy El Nido, because they definitely would. But if you’re traveling solo in Coron, just remember it gets quiet at night and there aren’t too many activities and opportunities that’ll help you meet other travelers. If that doesn’t bother you, then Coron will be paradise!

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The Verdict: El Nido

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As you can see, we conclude that both of these islands are absolutely magical, and you are guaranteed to be astounded in both El Nido and Coron.

The results vary quite a bit, but don’t let this deter you from visiting Coron, because it is truly one of the most wonderfully gorgeous places I’ve ever been.

It all comes down to what type of holiday you prefer. If you prefer a quieter, more peaceful holiday, then Coron is the perfect place for you.

Refer to our Coron Destination Guide for everything you need to know about this Palawan paradise!

If you are looking for some cool backpackers to vibe with, party all night and get drunk on a booze cruise, El Nido is where you want to be.

From a Wild & Away perspective, El Nido is the winner because we love to party, and we love adventure. El Nido has everything we need.

This El Nido Destination Guide has all the information you need to ensure a crazy good time there!

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