UPDATE: Covid changed a lot of things, pretty much freezing tourism for a long while on Palawan. As the island picks up its tourism pieces, all the flight arrangements have shifted. Currently (June 2022) to fly to San Vicente the recommendation is Sunlight Air, and can find their booking engine here: https://experiencesunlight.paxlinks.com/
Here is our boat captain JoJo arriving home today from a year working abroad on ships everywhere from South Korea to Singapore, welcome home JoJo!
We will update this article as options evolve. WE LEAVE THE REST OF THE ARTICLE BELOW FOR REFERENCE BUT NOTE IT MIGHT BE DEPRECATED 😛
At Binga Beach the opening of the San Vicente Airport was amazing news! Now guests can fly in and get to our resort via only a 45-minute drive on very newly constructed roads along the beautiful coastline.
The worthy alternative airport destinations to reach Binga remain El Nido (2 hours north of us) and Puerto Princesa (4-5 hours south of us)
The San Vicente airport (airport codes IATA: SWL, ICAO: RPSV) is so new that the flights servicing the airport don’t seem to appear on the major online booking engines, or even Filipino ones. If this changes please let us know!
So we compile here instructions to find these very new, elusive, but incredibly useful flights. If you’re heading to San Vicente, Port Barton, Binga or thereabouts then flying into San Vicente airport is definitely the way to go.
It’s also worth considering San Vicente as a one-way flight starting or stopping point. If you’re also visiting EL Nido or points further south down by Puerto Princesa it can be a good idea to use those airports too. By flying into one airport and out another you can save a lot of valuable vacation time by cutting out a long drive just to get back to your original starting point.
Airlines flying Clark – San Vicente:
Philippine Airlines, operated by PAL Express: https://www.philippineairlines.com/en
Take care as there is only one flight per day. We’re happy to recommend transiting through Clark, it’s a whole lot less mess than Manila. Many travelers don’t consider Clark though, as there are fewer international flights to there (158 per week though, a lot of options), sure, but it is an international airport with very competitive prices so this route is worth a look. It’s only a ~1 hour drive from Manila so it can even be worth it if you need to travel from there.
We’re also happy with the service on this PAL Express route flight, all in all it’s a two thumbs up option.
Clark Airport Website: http://crk.clarkairport.com/
Starting July 2019, Flights connecting Manila – San Vicente:
via SkyJet Airlines: https://www.flyskyjetair.com/
We haven’t flown this route yet so can’t vouch for its quality, but we’re excited to try it as being able to reach San Vicente from Manila will be super convenient.
Alternative – flying from Busuanga or Puerto Princesa to San Vicente:
via Air Juan: http://www.airjuan.com/
The next best thing, fly into El Nido from Manila:
AirSWIFT is the airline for Manila – El Nido: https://air-swift.com/
This is a nice flight, and if you’re going to go to El Nido anyhow it might make sense. EL Nido is a nice little airport, but these flights are more expensive than those serving San Vicente and Puerto Princesa. From El Nido, it’s a 1-2 hour drive south down to Binga Beach.
Other route ideas or you need help figuring things out? Drop us a line or give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you get over here asap!