The small town of Port Barton offers a stark contrast to El Nido. The village consists of only two mostly parallel streets. Here everything is quieter and more original, the whole thing far away from mass tourism. Port Barton is a good five hours from El Nido and three hours from Puerto Princesa. As already mentioned, the easiest way to travel to Palawan is with a van or rental car. There is also the option of traveling by public bus, which takes an average of two to three hours longer for the route. In our Port Barton Guide we tell you everything you need to know about the place.
The best way to get to Port Barton is via Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, which also has an airport. You can fly there from various domestic destinations such as Manila or Cebu. You can find times, prices and tickets at Skyscanner or Momondo.
From Puerto Princesa there are e.g. minivans directly to Port Barton, which drive about 3 hours over the many gravel roads and curves. If you are in El Nido, there are also buses here, which mostly go via Roxas - about 5 hours journey time. You can find more information on this at 12go.asia, where you can also book tickets directly.
There are plenty of hotels in Port Barton. Hotels in every price range can be found, so that there is guaranteed to be something for every requirement. Attached you will find a top selection of hotels in Port Barton that are currently also on offer. Do not miss the hotel deals in Port Parton.
The popular Kiwi Lodge in Port Barton is just a few minutes' walk from the beach. The simple rooms are equipped with a fan, mosquito net, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. The owners take loving care of their guests and are always available to answer any questions. You can also book tours directly on site. A bonus is the generator, which provides electricity 24 hours a day.
Port Barton is right on the ocean and has a one kilometer long beach. You can always find a place to swim between all the boats, but unfortunately there are jellyfish in the water. After seeing several tourists as well as locals being stung by jellyfish, we hardly dare to go into the water. One French person in particular will stay in our memories for a long time, the jellyfish wraps around his entire left leg and he can barely stand the pain. The restaurants on the beach are equipped with vinegar and coffee powder and know what to do.
Before swimming, ask the locals about the current situation and where the best place to swim is.
The wonderfully white Coconut Beach is about 30 minutes' walk from Port Barton. From the end of the beach in Port Barton a path leads along the coast to Coconut Beach, the path is marked on the map of mapsme. You will meet few people on this long, quiet beach.
The beach can also be reached by motorcycle via the main road or by kayak or SUP. Or you can take a boat to Coconut Beach for 150 Peso each way.
Entry to Coconut Beach costs 30 pesos.
White BeachWhite Beach lives up to its name and offers the finest white sand and crystal clear water. There are many hammocks and palm trees that provide shade. There is also a hotel with a restaurant, the dishes cost between 160 and 250 pesos.
According to the locals, there are said to be fewer jellyfish here than in Port Barton.
We walk from the end of the beach in Port Barton past Coconut Beach to White Beach, after about 50 minutes we reach the beach. You can also take a boat for 300 Peso (there and back) to White Beach.
Entry to White Beach is 50 pesos.
Long Beach in San VicenteAs its name suggests, Long Beach in San Vicente is incredibly long. The beach is a full 14 kilometers long and since there are only a few resorts, it is quite quiet. Miles of fine sandy beach with, as usual in the Philippines, colorful and magical sunsets.
Long Beach can be visited as a day trip from Port Barton, but it is not cheap. A private boat for a maximum of 4 people costs 5000 Peso. If you can share the boat with other travelers, a day trip to Long Beach is worth it.
Even if San Vicente is close to Port Barton on the map, it takes an hour by boat and two hours by road by motorcycle.
There isn't really much to do in Port Barton. Nevertheless, we present a few things that should not be missed.
Island hopping in the bay off Port Barton
Because we found the excursion with Armando so pleasant and relaxed, we also go on an island tour with him. Similar to El Nido, you can go to the offshore islands from Port Barton on a boat tour, but there is not much going on here.
First we go to the aquarium. It is relatively flat here and unfortunately there are quite a few jellyfish at the time of our trip. They are only small and a touch pokes and burns only briefly, but I'm a bit tense while snorkeling. It's a shame, but otherwise the water is crystal clear and the coral reef is very pretty with a colorful flock of fish. We spend the time in the water all alone.
Our next stop is the Wide Reef. It's deeper here and actually great for snorkeling. However, it is not the jellyfish that make me nervous, but a high accumulation of plankton, which feels like fine pinpricks on my skin or the touch of a nettle. A little irritated, I'm out of the water quickly. In retrospect, I find out that it is plankton that contains stinging constituents, but not everyone is sensitive to them. That spoiled the snorkeling experience a bit, but it is quickly forgotten. Because the excursion by boat through the bay and its islands is really beautiful.
At the third stop on the island of Exotica, we can continue to relax on the beautiful beach and do some snorkeling, no plankton can be felt here and snorkeling is just fun. Meanwhile, Armando and the boatswain prepare lunch for all of us. There is grilled meat, salad, rice and fruit. A small feast on an uninhabited island. Just lovely! We're not all alone on the island, a few travelers and locals do the same and also take their lunch break here.
At our last stop on German Island we snorkel again. But here you have to be careful of the sometimes strong currents. There's a lot going on on the island with hammocks between palm trees. Nevertheless, thanks to Armando, we are still making a very special discovery. A Filipino family has dug up freshly buried turtle eggs. Now the baby turtles have hatched and are only five days old paddling in a barrel of water. Three weeks later they will start their way into the open sea and the not so hard struggle for survival will begin. Good luck you little turtles!
On the one hand, there are the surrounding dream islands in the archipelago, where you can see many paradisiacal beaches, a fascinating underwater world and beautiful coral reefs.
There would be Cacnipa Island, on which you can also stay in bungalows, German Island or Paradise Island. We were particularly taken with the German Island and it is ideal for a relaxing day trip combined with some beautiful snorkeling spots.
Port Barton Town and Port Barton Beach
Port Barton is one of those places that I like so much. Small and manageable by the sea, with accommodations on the beach. Wake up in the morning with the sun, go to sleep with the sun in the evening. Spend the day on discovery tours, productively or relaxed.
On a discovery tour through the mangrove forest
At Palawan Camping, which I would also like to recommend to you, we get to know Meena and Kai, who have already spent a few days in Port Barton. They recommended Armando to us for a tour through the mangroves. Our search for a man with long hair starts with a shop in the village across from a hair salon and we are successful. Port Barton is really manageable. We arrange the tour for the next day.
On this still pleasantly cool morning we meet Armando on the beach and with the engine running we start into the bay. It is quiet, wonderfully quiet, when Armando turns off the engine shortly before the mangrove forest and only the sound of the paddle, birds and insects can be heard.
We discover two snakes in the tree, two kingfishers, red crabs, two shrimp fishermen. The only thing we don't see is monkeys. But on the way back there were surprisingly dolphins! Actually they only stay here when the open sea is very rough, Armando tells us. What luck for us!
The rainforest begins behind Port Barton. Here you can do a jungle trek to the Pamuayan waterfalls. The best thing to do is to hike the approximately 3.5 kilometers through the dense rainforest with a guide who knows the way and discover the flora and fauna with him. The water flows from a height of about 15 meters into a natural pool surrounded by palm trees. With a bit of luck you will come across different species of butterflies and dragonflies here.
Or you can hang on for a few more days on Cacnipa Island, one of the islands off Port Barton, which can be reached by boat from there.
Guitar sounds in the evening
We'll end the evening with a concert in a beach bar. We were invited by Lovely and Patrice, whom we already met at Palawan Camping and met again on the island hopping tour. The world in Port Barton is small.