Ferry from San Jose, Mindoro to Coron, Palawan

Montenegro Shipping Lines has started the ferry up again from San Jose, Mindoro on the east side of the island to Coron town, Palawan. When I heard it was going to happen, I knew I wanted to try and see if it was worth telling our readers about. I did it. It was worth talking about, too.

Before this, the only way to get to Coron from San Jose was to take a small pump boat that is not fun to be in at all. It takes forever to get across and those boats have a history of breaking down. Being in a bigger boat is better, at least if you do lose an engine; there is another one to keep the boat moving.

Montenegro Shipping Lines is a major shipping company for the Philippines. It is probably behind 2Go Travel in size and they serve most of the ports around the country. In the end, that is good because there is a lot of “johnny come lately” operations in the Philippines that start and stop in a week.

Getting to San Jose, Mindoro from Manila

If you are thinking of taking this boat and you are coming from Manila as many are. Some would come to Puerta Galara then come down as well. Either way, you have to get to San Jose somehow. It is on the southwest tip of Mindoro Island.

If coming from the Metro, you would need to get on a bus (Jam Liner seems to be the best) and tell the driver Bantagas Pier. Once the bus is full, they will leave and two hours later and 169 pesos poorer, you will be at the pier. There is two ways they can go so make sure you are on the one for the SLEX. (Freeway in the Philippines)

Once you are there, you will look for Abra de ilog and you will get a ticket for P240. This is a ferry ride that will take you a few hours but it is nice and relaxing. I enjoy making this trip across. In most cases, there is more room than there is people so you can relax on the trip.

Once you are in Abra de Ilog, you will get a bus right next to the port area and it will take you on the long six hour bus journey to San Joe. I do not remember the cost. They all meet up at the road at the top of the hill.

The process for the ferry from Mindoro to Coron

I went out to the pier around 4am. I did not know the process and it had only been operating about a week so I didn’t know what to expect. Before going there is a Bakery on the main road. I would suggest getting some food there on your way.

Also, as with everywhere in the Philippines, you have to be careful with Tricycle drivers. The fare should be P9 but I was told to give them P20 by the locals since it is late and it is five kilometers out of town. On arrival, the driver said, “20 pesos is all, sir” I just walked away.

After that, just walk up to the boat, pay the guy from the company P590 and get your ticket and sign on the list of passengers for the Philippine Coast Guard. It is normally just them as less US Coast Guard is there but normally not the case.

You just get on the boat and relax for the next five hours. They do have some snacks onboard and they will let you charge up your laptop or phone if you do to do that.

Note: I do not know if this information is current. If it is not, please update me.

Update Please?

I have not been able to make the trip since 2015 and I have heard rumors that there no longer a trip from Montenegro Shipping Lines. I can not confirm this as email does not seem to work for a lot of businesses in the Philippines. If you have tried to make this trip and have been to San Jose, please confirm this for me.

If this is true, ferry from Mindoro to Coron will be limited to the small pumpboats again. As I said, I can not confirm this as of right now.

7 replies
  1. Trina
    Trina says:

    Sent a message to Montenegro Shipping Lines through their Facebook page and this is their reply:

    Please be informed that the said routes are un-operational. We will keep you posted once we start our operations on the said routes. Thank you!

    (June 24, 2019)


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