Things to note
There is NO ATM in Port Barton, get all your cash out at Puerto Princesa airport.
Port Barton only has electricity from 5:30-midnight. Plans to have 24/7 electricity are scheduled for end of 2018.
Getting to Port Barton
Port Barton is a small fishing village located on the west side of the island of Palawan. It is a small cove at the bottom of hills and the only way to get to Port Barton is by van. The roads are bad and if it is bad weather they can be very dangerous.
You can get a van from the airport (Puerto Princesa) and it takes roughly around 3-4 hours. I would highly recommend getting a private van if you get travel sick or have had a rough flight. It is worth the money as originally we were squished Into a small van with 12 other people and it was horrendous.
Shared Van – 1000 peso per person
Private Car – 4000 peso for 4 people
Places to stay
Most accommodation is reasonably priced. But due to the town only having an electricity supply between the hours of 5pm-midnight a lot of rooms can get hot during the night. For most people paying a little extra for a location that has a generator throughout the night allowing the fans in your room to stay on is a plus.
Places to Eat
Mabuti – Great for breakfast! Very hipster chilled out vibes- pictured below
Dam Dam $ This place is super cheap if you’re watching the pennies
Moon Bar– Grab a book, beanbag and watch the sunset.
Gorgonzolas Pizza – The legendary pizza joint in Port Barton. Pizza measuring 180cm its great to share with a group. This is also meat free!
Yoske Garden of Eden – Israeli cuisine at its finest!
Villa Marguerite – On the beach with cheap drinks and good lunch options
Things to do
Boat trips are the main thing to do here, at half the price of those in El Nido, you’d be silly not to do one.
Boat trips cost roughly around 700 peso for the whole day
We rented a private boat for 4 of us which was 4500 in total. It included lunch and snorkel equipment and it meant we could stop at spots for longer/shorter and go where the tourists wasn’t!
Must see’s – German island, Exotic Island, Paradise Island and star fish island/ Sandbar.
White beach is a short tricycle ride away – 300 peso for tricycle to take you and bring you back. 50 peso entrance fee.
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