El Nido 2012
My 2012 El Nido adventure was both exciting and quite a suspense. Suspense because few hours before my flight, I’m not sure yet if I should go on with the journey or just cancelled it. Aside from the bad weather condition based on forecast, I have limited funds to shell out. However, as what they say, it’s not an adventure if everything is fix and sure. Sometimes, we should take risk for the uncertain that could lead us to something better or worse.
So I packed my bags for the Journey and found myself on the airport waiting…
I chose the earliest possible flight so I could go to El Nido straight on after landing to Puerto Princesa airport. The earliest schedule of the public van leaves at 7:00am. If you didn’t arrange your transportation catered by your designated hotel, you could ask any pedicab driver to drop you off in San Jose terminal. There you will find various trips to El Nido, Sabang, Tatay, and different parts of Palawan. However, in my case, I took the 10:00 am but left the terminal around 10:30 (sigh…). Van transfer rate is 600-700 pesos.
Here’s the good news… there’s now an air-conditioned bus company “RORO Bus” that services Puerto Princesa to El Nido (vice versa) transfers for only 480 pesos.
Their buses are new, well maintained, and have enough leg room for comfortable long ride.
Puerto Princesa to El Nido – 6:00 am, 10:00am, and 2:00pm.
El Nido to Puerto Princesa – 6:00am, 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm
My travel time is approximately 5 hours. The route is scenic and smooth for the first 4 hours but there will be an hour or so of bumpy road. In some part, still under construction. But that’s ok, don’t complain much. My first tour to El Nido took me 12 hours, 9 hours of those were dusty road that turned my red bag into pink one and only ordinary bus is your choice because there were no van transfers during that time.
El Nido once again… thank you Lord.
to be continued…