Many tourists tend to overlook Port Barton preferring its most popular neighboring islands El Nido and Puerto Princesa, which is the reason why this tiny and quaint fishing village is largely untouched. If you are looking for a serene holiday in a laidback fashion, this non-commercialized place deserves to be a part of your Palawan itinerary. Comfortably tucked between El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Port Barton, a part of the municipality of San Vicente, is a hidden gem along the western coast of north Palawan.
This Port Barton travel guide aims to provide the essential travel information about the area, how to reach there, when to visit, where to stay, and what to do in Port Barton. One more suggestion regarding online ticket-booking – do check out for the cheap flights to the Philippines at iEagle!
Best time to visit Port Barton:
Port Barton makes for an ideal summer destination (December to April). You can chill at the empty beaches and enjoy water activities during these dry days with a clear sky. The peak season is between December and February. Although it is safe to avoid traveling during the rainy months of August to September, note that Port Barton is not a typhoon prone area.
How to reach Port Barton:
San Vicente Airport is the closest airport. Philippine Airlines operate daily flights from Clark to San Vicente, AirJuan offers flights from Puerto Princesa and Busuanga, and Skyjet from Manila. Take a shuttle or a tricycle from the airport terminal to Port Barton. There’s another alternative – flying to Puerto Princesa International Airport, from where you can take a bus/minivan or rent a vehicle to reach this tiny village within 2-3 hours. Vans from El Nido to Port Barton are also available.
Port Barton Travel Guide – Getting around:
Port Barton is a very small village that you do not need any type of transportation in general. You could comfortably walk to different places within minutes. If you wish, you could ride a tricycle or scooter on the not-so-smooth Port Barton roads.
Accommodation options in Port Barton:
This Port Barton travel guide brings to you some of the best lodging options which include rustic cottages, inns, and resorts.
- Summer Homes is a beach resort situated in the heart of Port Barton. The resort has 11 smoke-free guestrooms and a well-maintained garden.
- Choose Russell Place for the best budget stay. It is a hostel along the road to White Beach. Russell Place also has a common lounge and basic guest kitchen.
- You can expect spacious rooms at Coco Rico Hostel, plus a bar and terrace area for partying.
- Villa Evergreen in San Vicente is perfect for those who wish to stay in a garden house.
- Every cozy room on the hilltop at Santa Claus Hilltop, a family-run B&B, offers the stunning views of Port Barton and the bay.
- Ausan Beach Front Cottages in the center of Port Barton gives you many options – air-conditioned rooms with TV, Beach-front Tree Houses, U.F.O Cottage, Beach Front Sunset Rooms, and Budget Standard Rooms.
- Stellbucks Huts in San Vicente is a 24-hour solar-powered home that offers free parking space, WiFi besides all basic facilities.
In addition to the above, you could also consider Besaga Beachfront Cottages, Ferranco Tourist Inn, Greenview Resort, Deep Moon Resort, Balili Eco Glamping, Cassandra’s Cottages for a comfortable stay in Port Barton.
Places to visit and things to do in Port Barton:
Port Barton is a beautiful coastal village and a beach paradise. It is home to long stretches of uncrowded beaches, spectacular waterfalls, rich marine life, and coral reefs. This Port Barton travel guide helps you with the best ways to explore this secret beauty of Palawan.
- Island-hopping tours: Similar to island-hopping tours in El Nido, there are four tours denoted with alphabet A, B, C, and D. Each tour takes you to a set of four places that include islands, fishing villages, waterfalls, and marine sanctuaries. You can engage in water sports, explore the reefs, or enjoy beaching!
- Hike to Pamuayan Falls: The refreshing trek from the town proper through jungle area for about 2 hours gets you to Pamuayan waterfalls. It is an 8-meter high cascade amid lush-green forest in Barangay Pamuayan. You could also cool off by swimming in the water pool.
- Long Beach: Ride a tricycle or charter a private boat to reach this impressively long stretch of white sand beach. Long Beach of San Vicente is the longest white sand in the Philippines featuring a 14-kilometer undeveloped shoreline.
- Itaytay Beach: It is considered as the main beach in Port Barton. Lounge on the sand and take in the beautiful sunset views at this popular beach.