Over the last few years, the popularity of Palawan Philippines has become more and more popular. Tourists are flocking to El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa. One town that is often bypassed is the hidden gem Port Barton.
Imagine a place in the middle of nowhere, a small fishing village, with only sandy paths, small houses, and shacks around some shops and restaurants. Port Barton is totally isolated and accessible only by dirt roads that lead through mountains and surrounding jungle.
How do you get from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton?
The easiest way to go is via Puerto Princesa, the main town of Palawan. Puerto Princesa has an airport and most people fly into it via Manila or Cebu. From Puerto Princesa, you can catch a minivan from San Jose Terminal, which will take around 3-4 hours. If you’re coming from El Nido, you can take a bus that will take you 5 hours to arrive.
What is there to do in Port Barton?
Tourism is still in its infancy, and that is what attracts people to feel the untouched paradise vibe. There are no big high-end resorts or hotels, instead, you will find beautiful bungalow accommodation all over town.
It’s a simple lifestyle and you will feel it as soon as you arrive, everything is stress-free. There is nobody on the beaches or streets trying to sell you souvenirs, you can just relax and take in the natural surroundings.
Port Barton Palawan Resorts
We recommend booking accommodation before you arrive as this is a new tourist destination everything tourist-related is still catching up.
We stayed at Kiwi Lodge Port Barton, it’s very simple but comfortable and is one street back from the beach. It has beautiful natural surroundings, and everything is in walking distance around town. The major plus at staying at the kiwi lodge is it has power 24 hours per day, which is hard to find at other hotels.
Island Hopping Tours
There are some amazing islands off the coast, and the main attractions are definitely island hopping tours. We didn’t take the tour because we had planned to do the island tours in El Nido so just wanted to use our time in Port Barton to relax. But this Port Barton is one of the best places in Palawan to do the island hopping tours.
What to do in Port Barton Town?
The people in town are all very friendly and are willing to help. Walking through the quiet streets of town there are actually quite a few new restaurants and bars. We ate at Reef Café and this was one of the best burgers we have ever eaten.
Other restaurants in Port Barton we enjoyed eating at was kusinero del barrio.
Port Barton Beach
Amazing beach to take a dip in the water and enjoy a walk during sunset. The beach is lined with beachfront restaurants and hotels which makes it a perfect place to enjoy dinner at night.
How Many Days Do You Need In Port Barton?
We stayed only two days but wished we had longer. As soon as we arrived we felt totally stress-free and in tune with nature. Five to seven days would be the perfect time to stay so you could experience everything the town has to offer.
Is it Worth Visiting?
Port Barton is totally worth visiting if you want to enjoy the best of the Philippines away from mass tourism. The only drawback is the limited electricity and internet. Most places only have power for a few hours per day. At the kiwi lodge where we stayed, they had electricity 24 hours per day.
Even though with the limited electricity and internet the atmosphere and beauty of makes it a must-visit destination.
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