There are many opinions about which one of these areas of Palawan is better and which one is not to be missed. This guide is based on my personnel experiences and which one I think is the better option if you had to choose one over the other. Comparing El Nido vs Coron and which one is better is not as cut and dry as you would think. They both have their Pros and Cons. In this article, I’ll go over the differences and give you my pick at the end of the article.
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Similarities between El Nido Vs Coron
Both El Nido and Coron have beautiful pristine waters, amazing lagoons, white-sand beaches, and limestone rock formations that peek out of the ocean. Both offer amazing group boat tours or private boat tours. They both have a good amount of options for restaurants and they also have small but similar nightlife options. Both El Nido and Coron are in the Province of Palawan, Philippines. With El Nido being toward the Northern tip of the main island of Palawan, and Coron is to the North off from the main island of Palawan.
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Pros vs Cons
For this, category I feel they are about the same. While the boat tours in my experience were a little more expensive in Coron than El Nido. This is because in Coron you have to pay an environmental fee for each island your visit because they were owned by different organizations, while in El Nido you just had to pay one environmental fee once even for different tours as long as you take the separate tours within a certain amount of time from each other. Yet In my experience, El Nido’s lodging accommodation was slightly higher. I feel like they average out about the same in my experience.
- Siete Pecados
- Kayangan Lake
- Twin Lagoon
- Smith Beach
- Skeleton Wreck
- CYC Beach
- Big Lagoon
- Secret Lagoon
- Shimizu Island
- 7 Commandos Beach
- Snake Island Sandbar
- Small Lagoon
So if you are still on the fence on which one to choose. In my personal opinion, you can’t go wrong with choosing either one. If you have never been to either and you had to choose one, for me it would be El Nido, and that is with a very slight edge. With that being said you really can’t go wrong choosing one over the other.
I personally would go back to both given the chance. And although I do not scuba dive, I have heard the scuba diving is actually better in Coron. Since they are so close in comparison, you may want to choose based on the cost of flights, and where else you might be going within the Philippines. I would say if you missed one over the other you would not be missing that much because I felt they were so similar. If you can do both even better. If you do decide to do both they are about a 4-hour ferry ride away from each other.
Have you been to Coron or El Nido? If so leave a comment below. I’d like to hear your opinion on which you liked better.