Private Boat Tour Prices between El Nido and Coron

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Private boat tour prices between El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Philippines

Private boat tour prices between El Nido and Coron depend on the number of people and the number of days. For example, ideal for romantic couples who do not want to share the boat with strangers, a four day tour is ideal and goes for $2,500, all inclusive (accommodation, three square meals a day of your preference, snacks, soft drinks and water, entrance fees, and if you wish, a gratis case of beer or bottle of wine). You can check out our price calculator on our island hopping page or use the contact form there to ask us for other combinations of days and number of people.

There are 52 islands in the area, off the beaten path and away from the tourist hustle. Especially if you hire your own, private boat, because the group tours can be a bit of a zoo, a horn often blown to herd up the guests before it is time to move onto the next location, as per schedule. Choose what kind of locations you like and our boatman will craftily avoid the other groups so you can enjoy the island beaches to yourselves.

If you prefer a USD price breakdown in a table format, here are some of the more common combinations:

Note that our regular banca boats need at least two days to navigate this long distance (about 120km). If you’d like to achieve this in only one day you will need a speedboat.

Linapacan area only

Private boat tour prices between El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Philippines, 2

If you have the time to just hang and chill, or are a budget traveler, another option is to take a boat or ferry to Linapacan, half way between El Nido and Coron, in a beautiful, untouched area with pristine beaches, hospitable people, and the clearest waters in the world. You can get to us by public ferry for about 1,500p from either El Nido area or Coron. Once here, we can take you on excursions to the many surrounding island. Day trips and end your day back in your air-conditioned hotel, or camp out on a remote beach, or stay in one of the many bamboo huts on an island beach.

Plenty to see in the area, such as caves, trekking or biking through the jungle, and diving as explained on our services page.

Alternatively, you can take one of our boats between Sibaltan (a wonderful archeological village about 1.5 hours by van east of El Nido) and Coron. Some boats can depart from El Nido for a higher price. Prices are per boat and depend on the size of the boat and number of days of the tour. You can hire your own boat, invite others to lower costs, or join other groups according to the tour schedule page, where you will find detailed info and prices for each operator.

The accommodation is free if you sleep on the boat, 300-500p to sleep in a bed on land or tent on a deserted island (400p if two people sharing) and meals are 400p and include fruits and other snacks. Trips include free stops for snorkeling or island explorations, there are caves, trekking through the jungle and diving is possible. Some deserted islands charge 100p per person to stay over.

Private Boat Tour Details

The banca boats generally have a capacity of up to 12 guest, more comfortably 6-8 so you can sit on the benches in the front with a table between you for eating and a shade above. You can check out our island hopping homepage for a quick calculation of the total, all-inclusive price, which depends on the number of people and number of days (between El Nido and Coron). We can also organise private custom tours around El Nido or Coron only.

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Here is a preview of some of the islands along the way:

Eli Cave
Sitio Eli

Custom tours to other islands can easily be arranged (prices vary depending on distance and number of tour days).

Check here for more info on tours.


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There are two shipwrecks in the Linapacan area and we may be able to organise a professional diving instructor, otherwise the best shipwreck diving is around Coron.

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05:51 03 Apr 24
I give 5 stars because they actually helped me to arrange the tour to Balabac in last minute. However, because the money wired through the local bank in my country took time to be processed, so i missed the boat due to peak season as many people paid before my money was received by the tour guide.As most of people usually feel, once your money has been transferred out to someone you do not know, you probably frustrated that your money would not be able to be refunded.But not in my experience. I dont need to be worry, the owner refunded me the money he has received (minus the bank fees). He promised to refund me and he did it. It was around 18.700 Pesos.So, eventhough i didn't manage to go with the tour, but i am really satisfied with their legitimate and great business practice. Hopefully, people will try their services and not worry about their legit business!Thanks a lot!
Chloe BlanchardChloe Blanchard
13:38 27 Mar 24
The most wonderful experience from booking to beach! Karel and Mel were so fast and responsive to my very last minute trip over the holidays. We booked a private boat for two and could not have been happier with our four day trip! We didn’t think about anything other than snorkeling the entire time. Linda, our captain, cooked wonderful meals and took us to totally empty beautiful beaches. We loved staying the night in Pical especially! Wonderful to experience the Philippines this way! Will come back again and would recommend to anyone!
hotel luci del farohotel luci del faro
08:13 31 Jan 24
We booked the 3 day 2 night expedition, from Coron to Sibaltan.First of all the booking part was really simple. I organized this trip to the Philippines last minute for my family (my parents and my uncles) but Karel answered all my questions very quickly and really made everything easier for me. It was an incredible experience. Albert, our tour leader, is a wonderful guy, always smiling and ready to help us. They assisted us in everything and really took care of making everything go smoothly. The accommodation on the islands is as spartan as you expect but the location of each hut alone is worth the trip. The wonder of nature was then added to the goodness of cuisine. It's really difficult to argue how you can cook all that goodness on a boat.If you are looking for an authentic experience, in contact with nature, off the beaten track, this company's private expedition is certainly for you.
Kate BrownKate Brown
00:22 27 Oct 23
What an unforgettable experience! We did a two night (3 day) island hopping tour from Sibaltan to Coron. Everything was so well organized and the boat crew were amazing and really made sure we had a great time. The accommodation was rustic, but added to the authentic experience of the Philippines. Karel always responded to any queries we had promptly. Our boatman, Albert, was the most amazing chef and we enjoyed every meal. The crew taught the kids how to fish with a line which was their highlight of the trip. They took us to the most unbelievable snorkelling spots along the way. Would highly recommend this trip.
Ian PascualIan Pascual
02:43 10 Aug 23
One of the most amazing, unforgettable things you can do in your life
Lou PrataliLou Pratali
11:04 25 Jul 23
This is a must to do!!Super ultimate tour is the best with Kayangan and barracuda lake, twin lagoons (my favorite), coral garden (blue fabulous coral) were the best. It’s really worth it to pay for private tour (3500 to 4000 PHP). You will also have to pay for entrance fees (150 to 200PHP by location) and eventually shopping at the market - must do (count 300 for 2 for fish, pork, fruits and vegetables, water).
16:11 07 Feb 23
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the stunning Bacuit Gulf.Based on the comments, I contacted Mel.Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization.The on-board staff were very friendly and very helpful.And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel.In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I cannot recommend Mel and his team highly enough.A big thank-you.
Alyse TarbottonAlyse Tarbotton
23:48 30 Aug 22
This tour went well above all our expectations! I couldn't recommend this enough! The boat crew, captain and tour guide were nothing but amazing, everyone was so kind, helpful and friendly. The crew knew the best spots to visit that weren't overcrowded with tourists, 3 times we were lucky enough to have whole islands to ourselves! It was my partner's birthday while away and everything went above and beyond, bonfire, cake, birthday card, singing and celebrating with us.If you love camping this is definitely a tout you should do, it has been the highlight of our trip!!
Danish KayaniDanish Kayani
10:24 31 Oct 19
Coron is the best place i have ever seen.. picturesque. Beautiful. Peaceful
We booked a 4 days/3 nights private boat trip from Coron to Sibaltan. The organization went very well from the beginning, the owner answered to all my questions, and we were able to choose which islands to visit and where to sleep. The first night we slept in a bungalow in Banana Island, the second we camped in Araw beach and the last we slept in a seafront bungalow builded on a tree in Pical on Iloc Island.The islands in that area are the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, with clear water, lots of coral reef and fishes to see, white sand and almost deserted. The crew was very friendly and polite and they organize every single meal and for camping they give you a tent which was just perfect! This was our highlight in our 2 weeks in the Philippines and I wish I had booked a longer trip. A private trip gives you the freedom to decide where and when to go.
Gérard Benoit
Gérard Benoit
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the beautiful bay of Bacuit. Seeing the comments, I contacted Mel. Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization. The crew were very friendly and very helpful. And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel. In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I can recommend Mel and his team highly enough. A big thank-you.
André Mardoñal
André Mardoñal
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The island world of Linapacan between Coron and El Nido with the clearest waters in the world is truly a dream for itself! Without a boat you won't be able to see it! But what this boat trips makes so amazing is the crew! Once you come on board they might be shy in the beginning but will make you feel welcome and home from the first moment. Not only that they are looking that you sit comfortable all the time, they will prepare fresh and delicious food what the buy from local markets. They know the best spots and most beautiful islands and will bring you to places where you get this "Robinson Cruisoe feeling". Every day you visit 3 to 5 spots for snorkeling, enjoying a beach or exploring a little island. The accommodation we had was good and simple. We slept in bungalows and tents right at the beach. Sheets and towels were always provided and sometimes towels. After a while you feel like a family on board. We loved living the boat life didn't wanna leave! If you doubt take a longer than shorter trip! For any questions please message me.
Sarah Uhan
Sarah Uhan
All in all it was a really great experience. It's a once in a lifetime thing to do and you won't get more authentic and basic Philippino experiences anywhere else. We were not so lucky with the wind and waves so we couldn't do all the stops we wanted to unfortunately. So be aware that especially the months from January to May can be very rough on water. But we still saw some great places Benji took us. Benji and his family was very nice and they did everything they could. The food was amazing - always freshly made in authentic Philippino style and way too much for the 2 of us. Make sure to bring enough cash - many of the islands cost extra (entrance fee) and be aware that any kind of accommodation and food (200php per meal) is not included in the boat fee. Also the deposit and commission fee for the agency are a little over the top, especially since the crew does not get any of it. The costs all in all are rather high for phillipino circumstances especially given the basicness of it all. However if you think about that all 5 boat people (in our case) live off of the boat fee alone, you spent the money willingly. Be aware though that accommodation and sanataries are very basic if even existant. So you gotta have the right mindset. Bring tissue, sanatiszer and earplugs to get some better sleep. Another feedback I have concerning the size of the boat. I don't think it is sufficient for more than 4 people. If the weather is like it was these days, you always have to sit on top and it was already a little squeezy with us 2 and 5 boat people. So I guess 4 guests can be fine but more than that won't have the space. There is different boat sizes but make sure to talk about that with Karel in advance. Other than that it was really worth it and we got to see so many great beaches and reefs which we could have never been able to visit without the tour.
Eric Liu
Eric Liu
It was scary to book a 5 day trip with no places to stay confirmed or a strong itinerary. And in the Philippines, communication is difficult. But that is part of changing mindsets to a rural island mindset. In the end, everything worked out. We had some tough moments with bugs. But we also had some amazingly beautiful secluded beaches, the best snorkeling in the world, relaxing on the beach, and freshly made food on the boat while docked at beautiful places (better than being on land). Note, we went with Benji. Recommendations: - you must get a local SIM when you arrive to make sure pickup and everything works out - some islands have bugs - use bug spray! Pros: - a fraction of the cost - away from the crowds - can customize what you want - just ask! - a truly local experience - saw a REAL rural town Cons: - locals aren't really polished tour guides - if you don't ask for it, you won't get it, need to be pretty proactive - pretty simple "activities" - no frills like bathrooms or kayaks etc.
Ángela Deand
Ángela Deand
We can't be more grateful to have had the opportunity of experience the peace in Patoyo Kitesurfing Camping! Spending two weeks in Dimancal Island, gave us the chance to experiment the rural and traditional way of life, in touch with the nature and people. We have learnt how to cook with fire, how to open a coconut and how to survive in an environment where for a time we forget about unnecessary needs, just to focus on enjoy the small details and pleasures of life. Mentioning too the amazing snorkeling and beautiful islands around this place, which make it unique​ and special. It is a lovely option if you are running away from tourists and overcrowded places in the Philippines. You will find yourself in the middle of virgin beaches and nature, surrounding​ by charming people. We will definitely come back!
Caroline Danielle
Caroline Danielle
We haven't done a Tao tour, but I would suspect that this is a cheaper version of the same thing. Our boat operator (Benji) and the entire crew were were fun, friendly and made an effort to ensure we had a good time. If you get a large group of people together it can be a really inexpensive alternative to other Coron-El Nino and vice versa island hopping tours. The food was good, but more expensive than as advertised by Karl. The price quote we got was 100 php a meal, but the boat charged us 200. Since the food was good we didn't mind the extra expense, but it is important to keep in mind if you're on a budget. Definitely plan for some incidental spending. Our boat did have some mechanical issues and as a result we ended up being stuck in the same place for longer than we wanted to be. That being said, little could have been done about it and the trip was fun nonetheless.
Hauk Are Fjeld
Hauk Are Fjeld
If you believe that doing the touristic tours in El Nido and going to "The hidden beach" takes you off the beaten path, you are wrong. There are lots of beautiful places in Palawan, but few of these places are without any other tourists. If you want to spend some extra effort on getting away from the tourist places, and don't mind a little "primitive" living, Island Hopping in the Philippines is definitely something you should check out
Arnold Cabiguen
Arnold Cabiguen
The snorkeling in this area is phenomenal. Clearest waters in the world. I guess it's because there is relatively such lower tourist traffic through here, and the locals really protect the reefs!
Karel Kosman
Karel Kosman
Love it so much, just had to say it twice!
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 11 reviews
 by Alicia Denarie

Overall it was a good trip! The food was epic and the snorkeling was fun.

 by RandP Mullins
great on all fronts

Everything went fine during our traverse. Alex was great on all fronts and made us feel very at ease. The tour was amazing! It included the most pristine, healthy and beautiful coral we have ever seen, and Robert and I have seen quite a bit of coral in many different places. We enjoyed camping at Araw Beach and staying at the Linapacan Tourist Camp, where we ended up staying for 2 nights as we scrapped the night camping in Tacling Island. The food provided was also very good. I was impressed how they could cook so much food in such a small space!

 by Greg James
amazing part of the world

We had a wonderful time, and the islands, snorkelling , beaches were awesome, Robinson our tour guide could certainly cook as well.
But I am somewhat disappointed concerning the accommodation. Robinson informed us that we did not have enough time to get to BRC, so he took us to some beach huts.
Whilst Robinson was very apologetic, and I understand you were not there (we had no signal) you need to ensure that this does not happen in the future.
Let me emphasize, the islands are amazing, and it was only the accommodation that let us down. FYI, I am involved in accommodation industry and a good night sleep is imperative to enjoying the next day.
Please take this as constructive criticisms and not a whinge. I do not believe Robinson will take any tourist back to that beach in the future.
Again, I want to be very very clear, that it is an amazing part of the world and we enjoyed it.

 by Leigh Mosel

Overall, we had a great time, a unique experience in a beautiful location. The crew did a great job and Jake was a friendly and helpful guide.
Some suggestions. As I discussed with you during the booking process, guests from overseas who have never travelled to this region cannot filter through all of the this information on your website and come up with their own plan. I see you have added my sample itinerary, which is fine, but I think you should lead customers through this process more simply rather than saying “its your tour its up to you”, you should ask some key questions like what are your preferences (beaches or snorkelling or fishing) and what is the age and demographic and plan the “perfect” trip for them. I see you have made some changes to the website in this regard.
The crew were incredible nice and helpful. The food was amazing, absolutely beautiful!!!! We would have preferred a bit more options than just Coke (and a bottle of Sprite) to drink though especially in the morning some fruit juice would be fine.
I hope you understand that we did have a great time with the kids and Ryan was excellent with them, taking taking them fishing and spearfishing.

 by Donna

Everything was perfect 🥰 Thank You So Much

 by Eva Pérez-Torra
great time

We just arrived at the airport erveything went really good and we had a great time in the islands.

 by Patrick Cadell

It was fantastic! Thank you very much for putting it together. We both loved the trip and seeing more of this beautiful part of the world. The sea was a bit rough yesterday but only added to the adventure. Would have loved to have seen a bit more of the Linapacan Islands but think the weather meant we had to go a bit further on the first day and couldn’t stay at Bolita Island. The crew were all fantastic and the food incredible.

 by Delphine Luna
beautiful locations

The tour was amazing! The crew was great, the locations beautiful !
Everything was perfect 🙂 thanks for organising.

That was the best experience we had in the Philippines by far, so thank you again.

 by Jason Krul

Excellent! Trip was awesome. Thanks so much for all your help in this. Will definitely be recommending!

 by Dave Hedges
over and above service

It was amazing!!
Exactly what we wanted and more, thank you so much!
While I had my ideas of the itinerary Maileen and the other crew adapted them beautifully according to their knowledge and experience and it turned out even better!
I'm not saying I'm hugely travelled at all but the beaches and islands we saw and stayed at on our tour were the best I've ever seen!!
They gave us exactly what we wanted - private beaches, limited people, simple budget accommodation, and kept us informed the whole way through!
The over and above service was amazing, they just took care of everything and more, I cannot recommend them highly enough!
Unfortunately the kids were a bit sick on the second day (combo of a whole range of things I think) but the crew accommodated and we still had a great time!
I felt bad because they couldn't really eat much and the food was so abundant and beautiful, I hope the chef understood!?
All of my friends have been really interested in what we did as it's not that common a thing to do and I will definitely be recommending your company to them if they decide to do a similar adventure at some stage!
Thank you for all your information and communication, the whole process was really smooth and I felt fully informed and comfortable throughout the whole experience from enquiry to conclusion!
Hopefully I will be able to do it again one day!

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18 thoughts on “Private Boat Tour Prices between El Nido and Coron”

  1. Hello. I am with a group of friends and we are interested in booking a private boat from coron to el nido next Thursday June 29th. There will be 6 of us. I just wondered what you are able to offer?

  2. Is it possible and how much does it cost for a private boat from el nido to Coron? Ideally on Friday this week? 27th
    Thank you

  3. Good morning from Greece! i am a single traveler, will be in Coron between Feb. 26 to Mar. 3 and despite its a short one, i would like to swim in the world’s clearest waters (despite coming from a country with awsome clear friendly seas). Do you know ferry schedule from and back to Coron (2017 updated) San Miguel? Moreover, in case the schedule is not suitable and given the fact that in my case, its impossible to rent myself…how can i seek for joiners? i can’t go ask around and harrass other tourists…you know Coron, how can i get there accurately? I am looking forward to a 1n/2d (and when i say 2 days i mean 2 days, not leaving back to Coron the morning of the second day) and see all i can from Linapacan. Any advice would be much useful.
    Kostas – Average Budget Traveler.

  4. My family and I were planning next May to visit El nido. We will ride the plane from Manila to Lio airport. Do you have boat there to pick up us? We’re like 8-9 person who wanted to see the beautiful islands of El nido. Can you send me how much per tour?

    • We don’t yet service the El Nido area and a special permit is required for that. I can organise boat tours starting from Sibaltan or San Fernando, east of El Nido, taking you north to Linapacan or Coron.

  5. Thank you greatly for the answer. I will check the page to see if mid january/beginning of march is better. 4m swells are not my cup of tea 😀


    • It wasn’t like that all of last February, but perhaps a week, the rest maybe 2m. The page also has a link to weather patterns for the entire year preceding, including wave heights etc. But this of course varies from year to year, and is for the Cuyo islands, which might be rougher on average, exposed more to the open ocean. In the future I hope to get my own weather station but still a bit early for that.

  6. Hi. How safe is it to travel by boat in mid february? You mentioned big waves, so im assuming that the weather can be changing a lot that period. Im going crazy over the 4-5 day boat trip from El Nido to Coron.

    • February is the waviest time of the year, when the coast guard often shuts down the public ferries until the waves subsides, so during this time there are often delays for at least a couple of days. The private boats, however, generally circumvent this. They wont take a chance if they think it is risky, for your safety and because their boats are their lives, but it can seem scary for those who are not used to it. On one of our boats I once went on an excursion through 4m high swells. The boat went up and down, up and down like on a roller coaster and I had to wear a snorkeling mask because the constant splash of salt water in my eyes burned too much, so it wasn’t the most pleasant journey. If our boats cancel or delay due to extreme weather, I’ll return your deposit in full, but if our boats wont go, no one else in their right mind will. You can also check out our main kitesurfing page to get an idea of weather forecasts around that time.

  7. Hi. We are staying in El Nido town and are looking to do a day trip to Linapacan. We are really hoping to see clear water and beautiful beaches for snorkeling and swimming. Can you tell me if a day trip is possible and what the cost is?

    • Sent you PM. Totally beautiful here for sure. I got a small boat for five people max, 1500p a day total price, plus 100p for a meal at the boatman’s house on another island. I got bigger boats for larger groups. Note this is only for a local tour, so you have to get here first, if you haven’t booked a private tour with us (which could include a local tour). Here ore details about the public ferries between El Nido – Linapacan – Coron.

      • Hi SailorSam,
        We are looking at a private boat tour for 3 people. We have 3d/2nights hoping to squeeze everything in those days for a Coron to El Nido trip. I have visited El Nido before but I also want to be in Coron even just for a day. Can you recommend the best options for us?


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