Located in Palawan, Port Barton beach is often overlooked in favor of the more populated El Nido and Puerto Princesa tourist spots. And while it remains underrated, Port Barton is perfect for people who are looking for a place where you don’t do anything except lose yourself in the splendor of nature.
If you plan on heading over, then make sure you check out this Port Barton beach guide for tips on where to go, what to do, and more.
The best beach highlight of Port Barton is the surrounding environment itself. Why zipline like the usual tourist when you can explore the very best of Mother Nature, the likes of which are unique to Port Barton’s topography?
Some important places to note of when you take your trip to Port Barton include:
High seasons are usually December until May, and they peak during January and February. And although Port Barton is not as crowded as its other Palawan counterparts in Sabang and El Nido, if you plan on traveling during those months, reserve lodging right away.
Try and avoid July, August, and September. The good news is that even if you go to Port Barton during the low season, you won’t encounter strong typhoons because of its location. Just take note of the weather, how strong the tides are, and if it’s safe to travel by boat or plane.
But always be reassured that whenever you come to Port Barton, you will never encounter the same rowdiness of other beaches. Hello, peace and tranquility!
If Port Barton is so gorgeous, how come tourists don’t flock here in droves?
One big reason why Port Barton is isolated is because of how challenging it is to get here if you’re not sure where to begin.
It’s not near any airports, and even when you’re already in Palawan, it will take a couple of hours no matter what method of transportation you use to arrive at the beach proper.
But don’t fret—all you need is some prior research. The more beautiful something is, the harder it is to get, after all!
The nearest airport is Puerto Princesa International Airport. If you’ll be coming from Manila, or any other part of the world, book a flight to Puerto Princesa. This is your starting point. When you arrive here, you’ll have a couple of options.
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Just visit the nearest Port Barton Tourist Association Center and they’ll present to you a list of accredited motorbikes for rent. Make sure you pack light when you use this adventurous option! You can also hire a motorcycle when you arrive at Roxas or Puerto Princesa.
This is what most people commonly use. From El Nido, take a bus to Roxas and then get off to catch a jeepney. It departs from there at 12NN. If you want to take a jeepney all the way, then go until the junction that’s past Roxas and ask for the jeeps that go to Puerto Princesa.
Regarding the bus service, look for a lime green bus. This travels around four times a day.
This typically goes from El Nido to Port Barton, daily. There are currently two van operators that shuffle passengers back and forth — Recaro and SBE.
Ride at the San Jose Terminal that’s 7km north of Rizal Ave in Puerto Princesa. They travel around four times a day, and their last trip is at 4PM.
Just be aware that during low season, this option may not be available unless you make a special arrangement privately, with the operators. This is also a safe option since about 80% of Port Barton’s roads are now paved.
The boats are coming from El Nido or Sabang. People are ferried daily, for a small fee. Counter intuitively, this may be the only viable option during the rainy season as Port Barton downsizes some services when not a lot of people come.
Meanwhile, getting out of Port Barton beach is usually the same process…
To give you an idea of how much time you need to allot for the trip:
Aside from the above listed, you can actually just walk to the different parts of Port Barton since they’re not that large. They are not even considered a “town,” but are part of San Vicente.
If you need to explore deeper parts of Port Barton, rent a motorcycle or ride a jeepney. But for the most part, trekking by foot is recommended. Bring comfortable shoes and sandals!
Get ready to experience the true meaning of a halcyon day, when you plan your itinerary for Port Barton!
1. GO TREKKING.
When trekking, ask the locals for directions on where to go for the Pamuayan waterfall. Getting here by foot—which is really the only way—is 1.5 hours, but the view and privacy as you’re surrounded by ancient trees and abundant flora, is worth it. Start by hiking north of Greenview resort, along the beach.
2. DO ISLAND HOPPING.
Perhaps the most known tourist activity in Port Barton is the four tours for island hopping. Choose among A, B, C, and D, as each tour will vary slightly in their route.
Tour A is noted to be the most popular. You can also go the fancy way and rent a private boat for the day, then find an uninhabited island to feel truly connected to nature, and nothing else!
3. VISIT ITAYTAY BEACH.
This beach is considered by many to be Port Barton’s “main” beach area.
4. SWIM WITH TURTLES.
Go see the Secret Paradise Resort and Turtle Sanctuary, which is proudly the only turtle sanctuary in the country endorsed by the WWF-Philippines!
You may have to call in for a reservation and lodging here, but if you are a guest, you can roam around their 77-hectare property all day long!
5. LOUNGE AT THE LONG BEACH.
For that truly magical experience by the beach, go to Long Beach. This is where Palawan’s longest stretch of beach is located, and if you book a private boat, it can feel even more fantastic. You can get here via public fare, if that’s not your taste.
Day tours will set you back around PHP3,000, but usually when the price reaches higher than PHP,2000, this is already for a whole group.
For two people, prepare around PHP2,000-PHP2,500.
Night tours are not recommended since there is no electricity on Port Barton. It may also get dangerous as the waters are not always good for swimming.
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