If you are looking for majestic nature along with refreshing and wonderful beach, there are many destinations in Palawan that provide a secluded and hidden beach feel like Port Barton.
Depending on your taste, but for a really rustic and fantastic island experience, stay in Port Barton. This is a little know haven in Palawan, about 6hrs by jeepney from Puerto Princesa. The trip might be tiring but all these will be forgotten once you land on the beach.
Why should you stay there?
- It is off the beaten track of Palawan and in fact there seems to be more tourists there than local Filipino visitors.
- There are about 13 islands within the area, with probably 80% not more than 30mins away by boat and they are amazing unspoiled islands. A couple have resorts but the majority of them will be for your sole enjoyment.
- Superb snorkling and diving spots around the area.
- Port Barton is a fishing village so you can get the freshest catch on a daily basis. Fresh catch means tasty healthy dose of fish, crabs, clams, and other shellfish. Even the most expensive restos in the cities rarely get catches like this.
- Simple environment ensures you enjoy a book or two, while lazily swinging in your hammock.
How to get there
From Puerto Princesa New Market bus station, there is a daily bus going to Port Barton (200 pesos) but only if there are enough passengers. Coming from Sabang or El Nido you can take a bus to San Jose and either catch the bus from Puerto Princesa (if you arrive in time) or hire a motorcycle to take you the rest of the way to Port Barton. Or you can rent a vehicle with driver from the airport. Travel time approx. 2.5 hours, cost around 3,000 pesos (negotiable) for a vehicle that seats up to 7.
At the moment the road between Puerto Princesa and San Jose is paved but from there on it degenerates into a muddy path. Especially in the rainy season it can be very difficult to travel on.
From both El Nido and Sabang there are daily boats going to Port Barton and you can also hire your own boat. Especially in the rainy season it might be necessary to hire a boat, since there are not many travellers around at that time. [source]
Once you arrive at the beach you can opt to go directly to the Jambalaya Café. They have an unbiased Accommodation Guide containing up to date info about all the accommodation options in the Port Barton area.
Cassandra’s Beach Cottages
Located in the Port Barton Town Proper area of San Vicente. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Note on Port Barton
- Electricity is only from 6PM to 11PM but some lodgings has generators.