Table of Contents Port Barton Travel Guide

1. Port Barton
Flourishing hippie village
2. Important information about Port Barton
What you should know before your visit
3. Highlights in Port Barton
Iceland hopping
beaches
water falls
Rent a kayak / scooter / yoga
4. Restaurants in Port Barton
Local and western cuisine
5. Accommodation in Port Barton
Camping on German Island
Selected accommodations
6. Arrival at Port Barton
From Puerto Princesa to Port Barton
From El Nido to Port Barton

Port barton

Flourishing hippie village with island hopping, great beaches, waterfalls and lots of relaxation

Port Barton is definitely my favorite place on Palawan! And why is it still very relaxed here, the small fishing village is slowly developing into a tourist area. A mix of Filipino country life and a thriving hippie village on the beach is probably quite good. Some would describe Port Barton as the next El Nido, but it will take a few more years.

Port Barton combines relaxing days in hammocks with sea views, island hopping and adventure. In the evening there is reggae live music, big parties none! Electricity is often only available in the evening and a hot shower is very rare. The small town consists of only a few sandy paths (roads are under construction), a church and a basketball court. But that's what Port Barton is all about. The simplicity and solitude. A trip back in time. There you can still get in touch with the locals and exchange ideas.

Important information about Port Barton

The small introduction already tells you that Port Barton is only a small coastal village and cannot be compared to El Nido or Boracay and is less developed. If you want to visit Port Barton, the following points are important to know in advance:

→  There is no bank. You must have enough cash with you. The accommodations and restaurants also generally do not accept card payments.

→  Electricity is usually only available in the evening, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Some accommodations have generators, but these almost never run all day.

→  This makes a warm shower a rarity.

→  Internet access is limited and very slow. Only a few accommodations offer WIFI, which is usually not good either. I always recommend a SIM card!

→  On average, vacationers spend 3 days in Port Barton. I recommend 4! Then you can include an overnight stay on a small island!

→  When you arrive in Port Barton you have to register and pay an environmental fee (around 1 EUR). You will receive a card that you have to show on booked tours such as island hopping.

→  The vans stop at the small bus terminal in Port Barton. From there it is only a few minutes' walk to the center. If you know where your accommodation is located (Maps.me) you can walk depending on the distance or take one of the tricycles waiting at the bus terminal.

Highlights in Port Barton

Some may say there isn't much to do in Port Barton. I see it differently. With 3 or 4 nights you will definitely not get bored. Iceland - hopping, waterfalls, boat tours and jungle bars are waiting for you! Here you can find out what you should definitely do when you visit Port Barton, including my tips.

Iceland hopping

Island hopping in Port Barton is very popular and should be high on your agenda. Although there are not limestone cliffs like in El Nido, the sandbanks, islands and snorkeling spots are heavenly and it is so much less busy than on the tours around El Nido. The price for a day tour is fixed and is currently 1,200 PHP per person (just under EUR 22) including lunch, envoyment fee and snorkeling equipment. A private tour for 2 people can also be booked, then costs around 5,000 PHP (90 EUR). I recommend a private tour for El Nido. It doesn't have to be in Port Barton.

As in El Nido, the tours in Port Barton are divided into Tour A to Tour D. My favorites and the most booked tours are A and B.

→ Tour A
Turtle spot
Inaladelan Island (German Island) - My favorite! Tip: Camping, see under accommodations
Smart Island
Twin reef
Starfish Island

→ Tour B
Sanctuary Reef
Exotic Island - My favorite!
Starfish Island
Albaguen Village
Paradise Island - My favorite!

→ Tour C
Aquarium reef
Reef No. 5
Bunuanguin Town
Tribal Village
Luli Beach Island
White Beach

→ Tour D
Turtle Island
Paradise Island
Lagoon reef
Smart Island
Starfish Island

Port Barton Beaches

Port Barton Beach

The beach is right on the village. Certainly not the nicest for relaxing and swimming, because there are some jellyfish every now and then. If you get in the way of a jellyfish, don't panic, the locals will provide you with hot water or vinegar to relieve the stings. You have the best sunset at Port Barton Beach. Indeed one of my nicest. But that's probably due to the overall package. The sky turns purple-blue, the Banca boats float on the water and you enjoy a dinner on the beach. Fantastic. When the sun has completely disappeared, the magic continues!

My advice:
On the beach there is sea light (bioluminescence)! The plankton begins to shine when moving. It is enough if you only move your feet back and forth in the water. It starts to sparkle. A great experience!

Coconut Beach

The white coconut beach is on the left hand side next to the Port Barton Beach. At low tide you can even reach the beach via the sea. Otherwise, follow Bonifacio Street for about 30 minutes on foot and arrive at Coconut Beach. Although Coconut Beach is right next to Port Barton, it's mostly deserted. Many visitors go straight to the famous White Beach. An environment fee of 30 PHP (55 ct) has to be paid at Coconut Beach.

My advice:
Rent a kayak! From Port Barton Beach to Coconut Beach you need about 20 - 25 minutes. There is more about this under “Kayak & SUP rental” below.

White Beach

The most famous beach in Port Barton. White sand with hammocks and an avenue of palm trees. On White Beach there is an accommodation with a restaurant and toilets. Here you have to pay 50 PHP (90 ct) as an environment fee. Coconut Beach is a 15-20 minute walk from White Beach. It takes about 40 minutes to kayak from Port Barton. Alternatively, you can also take the transfer boat out to White Beach. That costs you about 150 PHP / 300 PHP (2.70 EUR / 5.40EUR) one-way / return. If you drive a scooter safely, you can also reach the White Beach by scooter, but you have to overcome many bumpy paths.

My advice:
If you are on White Beach and would like to get moving again after a few hours, then visit the Jungle Bar! White Beach is approximately 1 km from the restaurant / accommodation. From the jungle bar you have a great view over the green jungle to the sea. The restaurant is really cool with hammocks and chill areas. Great flair, good food and nice view!

Pamuayan Beach

Pamuayan Beach is still a real insider tip. While almost everyone goes to White Beach, Pamuayan Beach is on the right side of Port Barton. The beach is wide and the 2 km long stretch of coast is almost always empty. There are only two small cottages by Rosemarie Evio. The walk to Pamuayan Beach takes about 30-40 minutes on foot.

My advice:
There are two other beaches (But But Beach and Nao Nao Beach) each 2 kilometers away. If you want to visit all of the beaches, I recommend arranging a private boat tour.

Long Beach

Do you want more remoteness? Have you ever heard of Long Beach? It's really long. 14 kilometers to be exact. From Port Barton you have the option of getting there by private boat. The journey takes about 1 hour and costs about 5,000 PHP (90 EUR) for max. 4 people. There are only a few accommodations on Long Beach, the nearest “city” is 22 kilometers away. Here you will find absolute peace and relaxation. You should take enough food and drink with you.

Waterfalls at Port Barton

Pamuayan Falls (Papawyan Falls)

The Pamuayan waterfall is not very big, but it is beautifully located in the Dschnugel and definitely worth a visit! You can bathe in cold water and jump from a small ledge. There are two small wooden huts where you can sit comfortably. It takes just over an hour to walk to the waterfall from Port Barton. Your way leads over the road, through the forest and over some streams. I recommend renting a scooter, then you need about 25 minutes. You have to park the scooter in front of the forest path. You will be asked for a small donation.

My advice:
If you want to visit the Pamuayan Beach described above and are traveling by scooter, you should visit the beach after the waterfall. You drive back to the fork on the main road, turn right onto Bonifacio Street, follow the road to the T fork and then turn left to Pamuayan Beach.

Bigaho Falls

The Bigaho Waterfall is more than 10 kilometers from Port Barton. The waterfall is hidden in the jungle, surrounded by large stone rocks. Nevertheless, you can swim wonderfully in it. A great trip and you will only have to share this waterfall with a few during your visit.

My advice:
I recommend that this waterfall only be combined with a visit to Nao Nao Beach and a day tour. From Nao Nao Beach it is about a 30-minute walk to the Bigaho waterfall.

Rent a kayak & scooter / yoga on the beach

I recommend visiting Coconut Beach and White Beach by kayaking. You can rent them (just like SUP boards) on the beach in Port Barton. You can not only visit the other beaches with it, but also just before the sunset out into the sea and drift into the sunset. Very romantic! You can rent kayaks for a whole day or by the hour. A single / double kayak costs around 450 PHP / 750 PHP 8 € / 12 € per day.

As described, it is worth renting a scooter for at least one day. There are a few providers in the center. Usually you pay 550 PHP (10 EUR) for a day. If you like, you can also rent a bike. That costs you about 300 PHP (5.50 EUR). You can of course also rent the bikes by the hour.

Do you feel like yoga? There are daily yoga classes at the Deep Moon Resort. An hour is offered in the morning and evening. The accommodation and therefore the yoga platform is located directly on the beach with a view of the sea. There is an hour from 400 PHP (7 EUR). Please inquire about times on site.

Port Barton Restaurants

Port Barton is only developing into a tourist destination, but there are already some really great restaurants on site, from local cuisine to American burgers and huge veggie pizzas.

Reef Cafe

The Reef Cafe is fairly new and modern. It is particularly popular with tourists who want a break from local cuisine and are longing for a delicious burger. There is often great live music here too. The burgers with fries are on average more expensive than in other Port Barton restaurants.

Mabuti Eat & Chill

The Mabuti is located in a kind of garden and serves vegetarian and vegan dishes. Great coffee and homemade bread make it ideal for breakfast. There are also salads, pasta and veggie burgers. Here, too, the prices are somewhat higher.

Ima's Vegetarian Restaurant

Cheap, good and vegetarian cuisine is available at Ima's Vegetarian Restaurant. For example salads, wraps, pasta as well as tofu and tempeh. Dishes are available from PHP 150 (EUR 3).

Vege Love Bistro

Filipino cuisine has a lot of meat dishes, but in the Vege Love Bistro, local dishes and specialties are cooked vegetarian and vegan. So you can enjoy the local dishes as a vegetarian.

Gacayan

At Gacayan you get very cheap, local dishes. Mostly in the form of a buffet. You can get a dish with rice and drink for as little as PHP 50 (EUR 1). You can also fill your water bottle with water for free. Many locals also eat here. Absolute Pinoy style.

Gorgonzola

A western restaurant where the pizzas are a little more expensive (from 500 PHP) but also huge and good for 2 - 3 people. You can have your pizza topped up individually. There is also vegan cheese or veggie pasta bolognese and desserts. The ambience is very relaxed and super modern.

BIKINI café

The Bikini Café opened at the end of 2019. Perfect for all late risers. There is an all-day breakfast with homemade croissants and a large selection of coffee specialties. The Bikini Café also offers lunch and dinner with hummus, salads, sandwiches, pasta and much more. a number of international dishes. Great vibes in modern style and western cuisine.

Mojitos RestoBar

The Mojitos RestoBar is located just outside the center of Port Barton, but convinces with excellent mojitos, delicious local and western cuisine and a great atmosphere in the jungle.

Accommodation in Port Barton

There are no luxury accommodations in Port Barton. If you have electricity, WIFI and warm water all the time, we are talking about luxury. Most accommodations do not offer this. It is host families, inns or hostels that dominate. There are a few resorts right on the beach, but they cannot be compared to our resort standard. These accommodations are also quickly booked up. On average, a night in a double room for 2 people costs 500 - 1800 PHP (9 - 33 EUR).

Camping on Inaladelan Island (German Island)

Before I get to the accommodations at Port Barton, I would like to recommend a night camping on German Island. The small island is also an accommodation. There are small tents (for 2 people) that are equipped with thin foam mattresses and pillows. During the day you can relax on the snow-white beach and go snorkeling with turtles. There are beach chairs, swings, hammocks and a gazebo. In the evening there is usually a campfire or board games. A small bar provides you with drinks. German Island has basic sanitary facilities. From Port Barton you can reach the island by boat in about 20 minutes. For 3,000 PHP (50 EUR) per person you can stay there for 2 days / camp 1 night. Boat transfer (round trip), tent, dinner and breakfast are included. This is definitely not for everyone. But I think it's pretty cool to camp on a small island with just a few others.

Selected properties in Port Barton

Getting to Port Barton

Port Barton is located between El Nido and Puerto Princesa on the west coast of Palawan. The journey takes a few hours, but the vans make it very easy.

 

From Puerto Princesa to Port Barton

With the minivan from Puerto Princesa Airport to Port Barton:
If you want to go directly from Puerto Princesa Airport to Port Barton, leave the arrival hall and look for the small stand of “Unified Transport”. There you will find out when the next van is leaving. It usually doesn't take that long. The vans are timed for the arrival of the planes. The journey by van then takes about 3 hours. You get your seat for 500 PHP (approx. 9 EUR) per person. The ride in the air-conditioned minibuses is very relaxed.

With the minivan from Puerto Princesa City / San Jose Terminal to Port Barton:
If you stay in Puerto Princesa for a few days and then decide to go to Port Barton, you have two options.

Option A: Pick-up from your accommodation: Your accommodation can book a ticket for you. Then you will be picked up directly from the accommodation. The ticket then usually costs 500 PHP (approx. EUR 9). The journey takes about 3 hours.

Option B: San Jose Bus Terminal: You can take a tricycle to the San Jose Bus Terminal. 5 minutes, 100 PHP (around EUR X) and wait for the next van to go to Port Barton. The ticket then costs 350 PHP (approx.6.40 EUR). The journey takes about 3 hours.

From El Nido to Port Barton

If you travel from El Nido to Port Barton, you can also book a place in the minivan. Tickets can be booked directly at your accommodation or at any official agency in the city. The journey takes about 5 hours and costs 600 PHP. The van starts at the bus terminal just outside of El Nido. So you have to book a tricycle from your accommodation to the bus terminal extra. (From 100 PHP). All vans make a small stopover. You can buy a drink or go to the toilet.

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