Port Barton Budget Travel Guide
(Palawan, Philippines) Now that El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa is becoming more crowded, it’s good to know that there are other travel destinations in Palawan you can go to for your vacation. There are still hidden gems left unseen when it comes to the best beaches in the Philippines.
In this Port Barton Travel Guide blog, we are going to reveal everything you need to know including some interesting facts about this humble town, when to visit, how to get there, where to stay and eat, what to do and see, travel tips applicable in the area, and so much more!
Visit this hidden paradise and see what makes Port Barton a must-see travel destination in the amazing island of Palawan. There are white sand beaches, exciting things to see and do, impressive natural scenery, and lovely people to meet. Plus, you’ll get to check out the scenes around this charming fishing village.
After visiting this peaceful, non-commercialized place in Palawan, you will surely fall in love with its natural beauty and awe-inspiring details that other island cannot offer. So pack up your travel essentials and head onto this mesmerizing town located near El Nido.
In this Port Barton travel guide, we listed some DIY travel tips, budget itinerary, expenses breakdown, places to stay, tours and more.
About Port Barton
Port Barton is an interesting small town situated in San Vicente, Palawan. We all know about Puerto Princesa and the other popular spots in the island province, but only a few know about Port Barton. This provincial harbor municipality is located between El Nido and Puerto Princesa. It is settled on the western part of the island and is home to crystal clear waters, coral reefs, waterfalls, pearl farms, and sandy beaches.
There are no crowds, no hassles in Port Barton unlike the nearby tourist hubs in Palawan. Also, you can relax and enjoy the serenity of this paradise while spending quality time with friends and family. From Puerto Princesa, it’s a 2-3 hours ride (approximately 146 kilometers away from the city) before you reach the town.
When to Visit Port Barton
The best time you can visit Port Barton is between December to April because during these months, it’s sunny and dry – a perfect time to go around the beach. Mainland Palawan is not a typhoon prone area so it’s pretty good to come on your summer vacation.
However, take note that August and September are the rainy months you want to avoid on your visit. Peak seasons are between December to February since foreign tourists choose to spend a tropical vacation in order to escape from the winter cold. But local tourists visit Port Barton any time of the year, as long as it is convenient for their schedule.
How to Get There (From Manila)
San Vicente airport was inaugurated and almost ready to offer domestic flights. Soon, flights to San Vicente will be available aside from direct flights to Puerto Princesa.
From Manila, you can take a plane ride going to Puerto Princesa airport (1,987.34 pesos via AirAsia). From there, you can reach San Vicente via bus or minivan. The van ride usually takes two and a half hours for a minimum fare of 350 pesos while taking the bus will only cost you 250 pesos for more than an hour travel.
There are motorcycles for rent in the area for 500 to 800 pesos a day (from Puerto Princesa city to Port Barton. Note that there are certain areas that are not yet fully paved so expect for a bumpy ride around town.
But if you want an adventure, you can opt for the jeepney ride which leaves the city at 9 am. The cost is 250 pesos per head and takes 5 to 6 hours before you reach Port Barton.
Where to Stay
Accommodations available in the area are relatively rustic. All of them cater to budget backpackers and foreign travelers. Here are the top three options for your comfortable Port Barton stay:
Beach front resort located in the heart of Port Barton. The good thing is that they accept major credit cards and with free wifi.
Located in San Vicente, near the beach. This 24-hour solar powered hostel is only for 736 pesos per night. It offers laptop-friendly workspace, WiFi, free parking, and essentials like shampoo and hangers.
Contact Info: 0917 775 7231 or via Facebook Page
Villa Evergreen, Port Barton
Villa Green is located in San Vicente, first street and about 100 meters from the beach. You can get a room for 5 people for 788 pesos per night. Amenities include WiFi, essentials, and a nicely manicured garden for guests who want to relac and vibe in the surroundings.
Where to Eat
There are so many resorts and restaurants that offer traditional Filipino food in Port Barton.
Ayette’s Bamboo Restaurant and Bungalows
Here, you can experience seafood, local dishes such as sinigang, and fish curry. Main dishes are available for only 100 to 200 pesos.
For backpackers, this is the best choice for local specialties including budget rice meals and grilled seafood. You only get to pay 50 to 250 pesos for your chosen meal.
Barton Bistro and Cottages
If you want a beachfront dining place, this is the place to go. You can have Filipino dishes like seafood in lemongrass and coconut milk, adobo, spicy squid and many more for 210 to 250 pesos.
What To Do and See
Exciting activities you can do are as follows:
This includes snorkeling, picnic, and a visit to popular island such as the Starfish Island, Port Barton Beach, German Island, and Port Barton Marine Sanctuary.
Watching sun goes down after a long tiring day, can help you reflect and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Swimming and Snorkeling.
In Port Barton beach, you can do amazing things such as dipping and watch fishes in shallow waters.
The popular camping site here is in the German Island. Overnight camping costs 2,500 pesos for two persons.
The top 5 interesting spots you can check out are:
This is a sandbar with plenty of starfishes to see. Although the heat in this spot can be disturbing, it’s worth it to pay a visit.
Bigaho can be reached via a 30-min boat ride from Port Parton proper and another 20-min walk from Sitio Bigaho. You can also ride a motorcycle to go to Bigaho Falls for 200 pesos per head.
Also known as German Island, Inaladelan island is accessible for only 100 pesos. It offers restaurants, gazebo, hammocks, swing planks, and sandy shores.
Port Barton Marine Sanctuary
This 74,483-hectare marine reserve is home to coral reefs including the Black Coral Reef and Manta Ray Reef. It serves as a nursery and recreational area for fish species.
Port Barton Beach
The long stretch of white sand beach in Port Barton is a perfect place for sunrise yoga, hammock experience, refreshing dip, and many other beach activities. Backpackers even do bonfire and night parties and dancing.
WiFi and Internet Access
Internet connectivity and electricity in most areas in Port Barton is not as steady as in touristy areas like Puerto Princesa and El Nido. But you can still use your phone here with some signal to catch for Globe and Smart users. WiFi connection is bad so you can bring a portable WiFi. Electricity supply is only available between 5 to 12 pm.
Port Barton Travel Tips
It’s important to keep some travel do’s and don’ts before taking a Palawan Tour. So, here are some tips for a more memorable Port Barton trip:
For a hassle-free tour, contact a travel agency in Port Barton to guide your travel experience.
Bring enough money as there are no ATMs on the island.
Tourism fee is 50 pesos good for 1-10 days, 100 pesos for 11-6 months, and 200 pesos for 6 months to 1 year.
Sample Port Barton Itinerary and Budget
7:20am – arrive at Puerto Princesa airport
8:00am – tricycle to San Jose terminal (60 pesos per head)
8:30am – eat snacks/breakfast (120 pesos)
9:00am – bus to Port Barton (250 pesos per head)
1:00pm – arrive at Port Barton
1:10pm – settle tourism fee (50 pesos)
1:30pm – check-in hotel/accommodation place
2:00pm – merienda (100 pesos)
3:00pm – book tours
5:35pm – sunset watching by the bay
6:40pm – dinner (200 pesos)
8:00pm – return to room
9:30pm – bedtime
7:30am – breakfast
8:30am – island hopping (800 pesos)
11:00am – return to the hotel room, pack up
12:00pm – check-out
12:25pm – lunch (200 pesos)
1:00pm – bus to Puerto Princesa (250 pesos)
5:00pm – tricycle to airport (60 pesos per head)
5:30pm – check-in the airport (200 pesos terminal fee)
Port Barton Budget Breakdown
- Transportation – around 4,500 pesos
- Accommodation – 683 to 2500 pesos per night
- Food – around 600 pesos
- Island tour – around 800 pesos per person
Note that these costs are only estimated, you could have lower or higher expenses depending on the type of accommodation, island tour, mode of transportation, and meals you choose.