Port Barton, Palawan: The Secret (Paradise) is Out


Most people would visit either Puerto Princesa or El Nido when in Palawan. No one really knew Port Barton as a tourist destination until in recent years. Port Barton is a small town in San Vicente located on the north west of Palawan. It is a fishing village that is now thriving in tourism.

Port Barton, a small fishing village, is now getting the world's attention

How to Get There

When I first landed in Puerto Princesa, the first business postings I saw were the schedule of vans and buses going to and from Palawan’s capital to Port Barton. Travel time is around 5 to 6 hours. And if you are in El Nido, you will also find a way to get to this place with lesser travel time of around 4 to 5 hours. Most hostels would have information on the van schedule from town.

Take note that when you first arrive, you have to pay P50 (<USD 1) for an Eco Card. This was valid for 2 weeks. There isn’t really an office but this is just located by the entrance.

The town isn’t a total touristy place and the accommodation are near the residential area. On our first night, we went out and joined the locals in watching a basketball tournament. The atmosphere was competitive. I wasn’t surprised though because basketball is the most popular sports in the Philippines.

Local Basketball Tournament

Island Hopping

The main town is a fishing village and it also serves as a port and boats are parked here. It isn’t really a good area to swim but you can still swim in areas which aren’t busy. However, you have to get out of town and explore the islands to really see Port Barton.

Main Port Area

Their island hopping tours seems to mirror the El Nido island tours. Similary, they have categorized it into Tour A, B, C and so on. As of now, these tours aren’t strict and the boatmen are flexible to take you to a different island if you have already been to one that is already part of the tour, that is if all other joiners would agree with this arrangement.

Each tour costs P1,200 (>USD 60) for a full day tour inclusive of lunch that is freshly prepared so you would have a picnic by the beach. I was actually surprised by this fee because when I previously checked blogs which were just a year old, the tours only costs around P700 (>35). It is becoming more popular and pricey (almost the same price as El Nido tours)! Some locals said that the price of gasoline (for the boat) increased, hence, the double in fees.

My kind of picnic by the beach

We went to six islands/ spots (some are open ocean for snorkeling) and my favorite in this is the German Island. We’re still here in the Philippines but it was popularly known with that name because a German guy used to own (or lease?) the island. It has been renamed to Inaladelan Island, but heck, German island is easier to pronounce even for me. I like this kind of island because it was just a place to relax, there are hammocks under the coconut trees (just watch out for falling coconuts!), and the water is so blue and crystal clear.

Inaladelan Island, more populary known as German Island

You have the beach for yourself... while it's not yet as popular as El Nido

From German Island, we took a short trip to the Turtle spot. It was lunch time but looks like most turtles were having their siesta. We just spotted one pawikan, a big kind of sea turtle found in the Philippines (that’s how I describe it but just google for the technical definition of this turtle species ^\_^).

I assume it's a young pawikan

Hanging Out at the White Beach

A day filled with island hopping was sooo fun but was exhausting. The following day, we decided to chill out in one spot. We went to White Beach which has better swimming waters than the town’s beach area. You have to ride a passenger boat to get there which costs P300 (>USD 5) roundtrip and pay an entrance fee of P50 (<USD1) as this is a private resort. You can also opt to stay there as they have rooms available.

Sunset at White Beach

I wasn't able to ask why it was called White Beach as the sand is a bit creamy to greyish. So do not expect sand to be like that of Boracay.

Yoga by the Beach

Yoga isn’t that popular yet in the Philippines, but you are sure to find a yoga hub where there are tourists or expats. Deep Moon Resort is centrally located along Port Barton’s shores and they have a yoga spot overlooking the beach. We tried the sunset yoga which was from 5pm to 6pm. I prefer taking yoga classes in this part of the country rather than in the city because the ambience goes perfectly with it. No need for music as the sound of the waves serves well to calm your senses. As you end the practice, you get a glimpse of the orange skies.

Sunset Yoga at Deep Moon Resort

They also have a sunrise yoga from 9am to 10 am. Each session costs P400 (>USD 7).

More Island Hopping

Since I got to rest, I have energy for another island hopping tour! It wasn’t really planned but I have nothing to do and it was easy to just book and there were boatmen by the shore offering the tours before they leave. The place isn’t touristy yet but I can imagine you may need to plan this ahead when this place gets more touristy.

I wouldn’t bore you with all the islands we went to that day but I would like to share my favorite in this tour which are the twin islands – Maxima and Exotic island. These islands are literally just a walking distance away, the waters are shallow so you do not even have to swim. This was famous for dogs swimming back and forth the two islands.

These twin islands are so near each other you can literally walk to cross over

Blue <3

Beachfront Haircut

On my last day, I decided to get a haircut. The place isn’t a professional looking salon but it was just a small open room made of bamboo and wood beside a Sari-Sari store (mini grocery store usually found in small villages in the Philipines). The haircut was only P150 (<USD 1.50) so why not. This is also my way of helping locals in their day to day livelihood.

Haircut by the beach

Filipino Karaoke!

If you want to experience something Filipino, join a group of locals for karaoke and don’t be shy to sing. It doesn’t matter if you have a good voice, anyone can sing in a karaoke. A group of travelers I met on my last night were game for some karaoke so off we went to 7170.

7170 Karaoke

It was just 5 pesos per song! We sang popular karaoke songs and 90s songs. There were also locals there who also sang with us. It was super fun and a lot of times people would sing along with you, drowning your voice so there is really no excuse not to touch that mic.

How I was I could stay longer but it was time for me to head to Puerto Princesa. I took a bus going back and it was more comfortable and spacious than riding a van.

Up next, I will be writing about places we ate at Port Barton. Would you believe we found a really good brick oven pizza on this remote island! Stay tuned 😊

PS. In case you're wondering, I previously used the account @wanderlass but have created this new account @wanderein to avoid conflict with an existing travelblogger who uses the same name. I have explained this in my introduction post.

Note: This post was originally published in my personal blog https://wanderein.com/2019/09/06/port-barton-palawan-things-to-do-2019-guide/


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06.09.2019 11:03
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Gah! So beautiful!!

I cannot wait to finalllyyyyyy check Palawan off my bucket list and visit all these spots— who cares if the sand isn't pearly white, because it is still gorgeous!

So does this particular area get fewer non-Filipinos visiting? Or is the ratio between foreign and not about the same, just fewer visitors in general?

06.09.2019 13:58
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You should visit soon before it gets popular :D
I visited after the New Year and I was the only Filipino tourist in a lot of cases/ tours I joined. There was just a day when there were 2 local tourists from Puerto Princesa. In general, there are lesser visitors than El Nido. They also told me that there are more local tourists during the summer season :)

06.09.2019 15:26
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Stop posting so many awesome posts of the Philippines, otherwise I had to add a week there after Steemfest!

06.09.2019 14:44
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I will then post more about the Philippines lol! One week isn't enough though for 7k plus islands. You should do your For 91 Days here but hopefully internet gets better by then. :)

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We try our best … keeping up is not easy!!

08.09.2019 16:25
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Ohh wow...amazing place...wish I could stay in there forever...lovely photography....

06.09.2019 14:59
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Thank you! I also wish I could stay longer. There are still more islands in that part that I wasn't able to cover. Was a great experience still :)

06.09.2019 15:32
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Thanks for making me live few moments in there....iris wonderful

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06.09.2019 15:59
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Thank you so much! Will check it out 😊

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06.09.2019 23:24
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07.09.2019 07:26
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Thank you very much! I appreciate when my work is curated. It is indeed an amazing place 😊

07.09.2019 12:20
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The further away from people the happier I am @wanderein this looks a nice quiet area to explore, especially the rugged rocks. Being able to walk across to small remote island another area that would be most enjoyable to see.

It is a pity as soon as popularity strikes the prices go up, sometimes making it difficult for locals to even enjoy an area.

07.09.2019 07:59
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I believe you would love this place. And you are right, the current prices are relatively expensive for local and there's no local rate/discount, the price of tourism.

07.09.2019 12:22
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This is happening in so many places they start working against the USD value, which local visitors eventually just cannot afford.

08.09.2019 06:49
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@wanderein,
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I used to live on Hatteras Island, NC, USA.
One of them, Ocracoke Island, was recently ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. I have been there many times when I was a fisherman in Hatteras.


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There are several islands with such beauty there. I miss it often.
Thanks for the post.
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08.09.2019 17:48
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The white beaches make me want to pack my bags and go - even though I just returned home today. What a beautiful spot you found and showed us!

09.09.2019 04:05
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I recommend you visit this part of the Philippines when you get the chance :)

09.09.2019 15:50
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