Coron and seasickness
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2012 6:33 AM Last Post By: pboae
Oct 30, 2012 3:13 AM
Coron and seasicknessI'm currently planning an approx. 3 week trip to Palawan in February and I have a pretty good idea of where I want to go while I'm there. But I have a massive problem with sea-sickness. I have meds, and with them I can generally handle it for a couple of hours as long as it's not too rough (that's on open water, it's easier on calmer waters like rivers). More than that and I have to take stronger meds but the side effects are worse than the sea-sickness, and still only really take the edge off it, so that's a last resort.
In general, I'd rather put up with the sea-sickness than let it stop me doing stuff, but I have to be practical about it as well, not least because I have to consider other people on the boat! My main interest in Coron is as a jumping off point for Culion. I really want to visit Culion (I have an interest in historical medical sites). Depending on the roughness of the water and the distance of the trips, I'd also like to visit some of the other islands in the bay as well.
There's no way I can do the 7-8 hr trip to/from El Nido, so I think the only option will be to fly from Manila to Coron, then back to Manila and then fly to Puerto Princesa for the rest of the trip, before a final flight back to Manila. (My international flight will be via Manila). It's a bit of a hassle, but the flights are regular and pretty affordable.
So really I am just after some general opinions as to whether this is a feasible plan, or if it's a total non-starter and I should just stick to overland travel on the main island.
Oct 30, 2012 4:09 AM
1Personally with 3 weeks I would just fly to Coron as you have planned and check how the sea conditions are. I was in Coron in February few years back and the sea was dead flat calm. Might be different of course, buy if its the same then the ferry crossing to El Nido should be no problem..
Oct 30, 2012 4:17 AM
2yes it looks like Airphilexpress has stoped the non stop Coron to Puerto princesa.
so to get from Coron to Puerto prinesa your have to fly via manila
Airphilexpress still sells tickets from coron to PP but now it takes 4 hrs 35mins via
manila with a cost of php2800.
you can take a bus or van from pp to El nido.
Oct 30, 2012 4:35 AM
3The sea between Coron and El Nido can be very rough so you are probably right not to attempt it. If you fly into Clark you can fly from there to PP, Palawan with Air Asia. Bus or minivan to EN from PP takes about 6 hours with food stop, the last hour or so the road is rough dirt road. As you have 3 weeks should be OK, I may add somewhere else as well, like the rice terraces. LAst December the sea was fairly rough, the boats did not go out to the islands for 1 or 2 days, the sea around Sabang a few days later was still quite choppy, I would not want that for more than an hour.
Oct 30, 2012 5:05 AM
4Would have thought the new Montenegro Fast Ferry between Coron and El Nido that takes 4 hours should be fairly smooth??
Oct 30, 2012 5:12 AM
Oct 30, 2012 5:15 AM
6Probably just in calm weather, but 4 hours to El Nido, compared to flying back to Manila/Cebu then flying again to PP then 5 hours on a bus to El Nido, worth considering..
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Oct 30, 2012 5:42 AM
14Thanks very much for all the info. As has been said, there's plenty of places to see between PP and El Nido, so I am not worried about that part. (Although in any case I'd take a long air/land trip over 4 hours on a ferry anytime!).
Please could you tell me who flies El Nido to Manila, (El Nido to anywhere)? I haven't seen that flight option when I was looking.
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