Getting There



Puerto Princesa International Airport is the main gateway to Palawan, Flying time is 1 hr & 20 minutes by airbus. Other airports are also in Busuanga and in El Nido.

Major airlines that serve Palawan are:

  • Philippine Airlines (PAL) fly to Puerto Princesa twice daily and will take one directly to the heart of Puerto Princesa where connecting trips to nearby premier sites can be made.
  • Cebu Pacific has Manila to Puerto Princesa  3x daily and Manila to Coron (Busuanga) once daily.
  • Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR), the country’s premier leisure airline, announced the reopening of its flights to El Nido and Taytay in Palawan on December 1, 2010.  Flights to El Nido will be every Wednesday, Sunday, and Monday; while the airline will offer daily flights to Taytay.
  • AirPhil Express (former Air Philippines) flys 2x daily from Manila to Puerto Princesa and from Puerto Princesa to Busuanga once daily.
  • El Nido Airport charter flights are provided Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI)

By Sea

From the nearby islands of the Philippines, Palawan is accessible by boat. The length of travel is very long. From Manila, the trip to Puerto Princesa may take around 26 hours.

Puerto Princesa Airport is only a few minutes away from the city center—an easy trip by taxi or tricycle. So after your short flight to Palawan, you can be rest-assured that you will relaxing in Puerto Princesa in a mere matter of minutes.


The Philippines is situated in the western Pacific Ocean. This vast archipelago consists of more than 7000 islands. The country can be categorized in three major parts: Luzon in the North, the Visayas in the central region and Mindanao in the South. The capital is Manila, located on the main island of Luzon. Local time GMT +8.

Manila and Cebu are the two main entry points into the Philippines. Depending on your origin of travel there are several international gateways to choose from:

From Australia

Philippines Airlines and Qantas offer regular flights from Brisbane (3x per week), Sydney (daily) or Melbourne (5x per week). Domestic flight connections are available through Philippines Airlines to Cebu. Cathay Pacific operates daily from Brisbane or Sydney to Manila via Hong Kong; and 3x weekly connections to Cebu. Singapore Airlines offers daily flights out of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth to Singapore with regular connections to Manila and Cebu. Malaysian Airlines operates daily from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur with connections to Manila; and 2x weekly connections to Cebu.

From North America

Philippine Airlines operates daily flights from the US west coast to Manila. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver are the main gateways. Flight connections to Cebu and other outer islands are available from Manila.

From Asia

Many Asia based airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Singapore Airlines/Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, AirAsia, Tiger Airways  or Cathay Pacific offer direct services from within Asia into Manila and Cebu.

From Europe

Daily flights operate out of Frankfurt to Cebu and Manila with Singapore Airlines connecting through Singapore or Cathay Pacific through Hong Kong. Malaysia Airlines operates daily to Kuala Lumpur and Manila and twice per week to Cebu. Out of Munich, Qatar Airways via Doha offer regular flights to Manila and Cebu. Emirates Airways and Thai Airways offer regular flights via Dubai or Bangkok respectively, to Manila.