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i want to go there in my vacay this coming dec yay!thanks for the info




Port Barton Beach Guide: Explore Palawan’s Underrated Gem

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.

Port Barton Highlights

Port Barton long beach

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:

  • Long Beach
  • Bigaho Waterfalls
  • Exotic Island
  • Pamuayan Beach
  • White Beach (no relation to the White Beach of Boracay)
  • Twin Reef
  • Fantastic Reef
  • Paradise Island
  • Aquarium Reef
  • Wide Reef
  • Sandbar
  • Marne Sanctuary
  • Itaytay Beach
  • German Island, now known as Inaladelan Island
  • Secret Paradise Resort and Turtle Sanctuary

Best Months to Visit

Beach in Port Barton

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!

How to Get to Port Barton Beach

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.

Port Barton road
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Hire a motorbike.

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.

Take a bus.

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.

Ride a direct van.

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.

Ride a boat.

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.

Port Barton shore

Meanwhile, getting out of Port Barton beach is usually the same process…

  • You can take a van trip between 8AM and 1PM for El Nido.
  • You can ride a jeepney with two routes, one going South to Puerto Princesa, with the other Northbound to Puerto Princesa. Note that there are no direct buses going to El Nido’s town proper. Ride the jeep to Roxas, then get dropped off for the El Nido bus station.
  • You can also take a boat ride back to El Nido and Sabang.
  • Need more assistance? Just ask the Port Barton Tourist Association for an idea of how to return to where you need to go.

To give you an idea of how much time you need to allot for the trip:

  • From NAIA / Metro Manila to Puerto Princesa is about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • From Puerto Princesa to Port Barton is roughly 3 hours away, depending on what you use to get there. Van rides will usually be 2.5 hours away, while jeeps, buses, and boat rides will take an estimate of 3-5 hours, depending on conditions. This is all one-way.
  • Coming from El Nido, you will be 6 hours away from Port Barton.

How to Get Around

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!

Things to Do

Couple at the beach

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!

  • Tour A will visit Exotic Island, German/Inaladelan Island (which is a private property and will require a fee to enter), Twin Reef, and Fantastic Reef, if you want to go snorkeling.
  • Tour B will go to Paradise Island, German/Inaladelan Island, Aquarium Reef, and Wide Reef.
  • Tour C will see Exotic Island, Germain/Inaladelan Island, Paradise Island, and Fantastic Reef.
  • Tour D will take you to Exotic Island, the Marine Sanctuary, the Bigaho Waterfalls, and the Sandbar.

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.

Beach/Island Tips

Sunny beach

  • Bring reusable water bottles. Not only is plastic, bottled water on Port Barton a little expensive (~PHP40), you’ll be doing your small share in keeping this small pocket of paradise clean. The caretakers of each island and private property meticulously take care of the beach, so do your part and help them out where you can.
  • Bring insect repellent for any jungle adventures. Port Barton only has one small clinic, so always exercise caution.
  • You may want to stay as disconnected as possible for this trip, as plenty of Port Barton’s establishments shut down electricity after midnight. They start it back up when night falls, at 6PM. If you’re picky about this, just bring your own fully-charged power bank.
  • You can leave your luggage at the Port Barton Tourist Association Center, where they’ll watch your stuff for a while.
  • Like most conservatory beaches, Port Barton will charge you an eco-environmental fee, one time. If they gave you something of a receipt to prove that you already paid, please keep it with you at all times.
  • You have to pay a PHP200 terminal fee at the PPS airport.
  • Port Barton has no banks, no ATMs, no malls, and no 5-star hotels to help you with anything more than the basics! This adds to the unspoiled, untouched feel that truly makes Port Barton a worthwhile experience.

Estimated Budget

Boat in the beach

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.

Other Possible Expenses

  • PHP50 environmental fee
  • PHP200 terminal airport fee at PPS
  • For van trips: PHP350 if you’re coming from San Jose Terminal, PHP500 if you’re coming from the airport. These are the rates from the two van operating companies Recaro and SBE.
  • From Roxas to El Nido, prepare PHP180
  • From Puerto Princesa to Port Barton, it’s PHP300. From Port Barton to Puerto Princesa, it’s PHP350.
  • PHP700 boat riding fees depending on the company you choose you ride with (This is a tourist fee that comes with lunch. It also supports the local boatman association, hence the bloat.)
  • PHP2,000-PHP4,000 for a private boat rental. PHP150 for public fares to places like Long Beach.
  • Inaladen Island needs a minimum of 5 people for a day trip, setting you back PHP1,500. This includes a round trip boat transfer from Port Barton’s proper, snacks, and a lunch. An overnight stay will cost PHP2,500 per person, minimum two people. This includes a tent with a foam bed, meals, and a kayak rental.
  • At Pamuayan Waterfalls, pay PHP300 for a local guide.

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