Palawan, a witness to the rebirth of nature, was once a hidden paradise of sprawling white sand beaches stroked by the foaming turquoise sea. Beautiful as it is, it couldn’t stay a secret forever and is now recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. More and more people want to experience the magic of this island – which is why we have a few tips on how to get to Palawan from Manila by either car, plane or bus:
Per Google maps, private car owners go southbound on Quezon Boulevard/R-8 toward FR Hidalgo Street (1.1 km). Eventually, R-8 turns slightly left and becomes Taft Avenue (300 m). From there, keep going right to continue on P. Burgos Avenue (1.1 km) then turn left onto Roxas Boulevard (5.2 km).
Take the ramp (240 m) then continue straight for 34 meters before turning left onto EDSA/C-4 (2.4 km). Go to the ramp to SLEX/Alabang (260 m) and keep right at the fork. Just follow the signs for Service Rd. and merge onto S Luzon Expy/Osmeña Hwy/Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26/R-3 (1.3 km). Take another ramp onto Metro Manila Skyway (10.5 km with tolls) then pick the SLEX exit toward Calamba (450 m).
Now, merge onto S Luzon Expy/Pan-Philippine Hwy/R-3 (18 km) before passing though exit 38 toward Sta. Rosa (550 m). From there, turn right onto Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Rd (21.9 km) then turn right again onto Tagaytay – Calamba Rd (2.7 km).
At Tagaytay Rotonda, continue straight onto Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy (37 km). Eventually, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Palico – Nasugbu Hwy/Tuy – Nasugbu Hwy (5.4 km). Take a left turn at J P Laurel St (1.4 km) and continue onto Calatagan – Lian Hwy (15.6 km).
Halfway through the travel, turn right onto W Talisay Rd (800 m or 3 minutes). Take the ferry (53.5 km or 2 hours 30 minutes) then take another ferry to Taytay (363 km or 15 hours 31 minutes). Continue to El Nido (24 km, 59 minutes) and to Puerto Princesa North Road in PPC (225 km, 3 hours 31 minutes).
Take a sharp right onto Taytay – El Nido National Hwy (28.5 km) then take the 1st exit onto Puerto Princesa North Road at the roundabout (72.1 km). Drive straight for another 2 km and finally turn right onto Puerto Princesa North Road (122 km).
Palawan is connected by air from international and domestic airports in Cebu, Manila, and Caticlan. This is possible through four gateways: El Nido Airport, Puerto Princesa Airport, Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport (Taytay), and Francisco Reyes Airport (Busuanga).
Most flights, if not all, coming from Manila are via Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. All of which you can book flights with via Traveloka. All three transport groups fly daily to Puerto Princesa every day, with an estimated travel time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
While there are direct flights from Manila to El Nido, each way costs at least P6,000. Thus, it is advisable to take the flight to Puerto Princesa, then ride a bus to El Nido (travel time by land takes about five to seven hours).
Si-Kat Buses has daily trips to Palawan. However, the trips come only once a day. The whole journey takes three hours and 45 minutes with a stop over in Batangas pier. The drop off point is at Sabang.
The estimated price is between P490 and P800. On the other hand, travelers may also ride with 2GO – which departs Manila to Puerto Princesa twice a week. The duration of the travel is about 30 hours. The price ranges from P1,200 to P1, 800.
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