Our top destination in the Philippines is a small fisherman village called Port Barton on the island of Palawan. When people talk about Palawan, they all think about El Nido. We started our trip in Palawan in EL Nido to get our our own opinion on this famous destination. We were a bit disappointed by El Nido. 40 years ago, El nido was a little heaven where tourists/backpackers and fishermen shared something unique about the beauty of its surrounding nature.
Today, the only thing we found was a dirty, noisy, crowded and a touristy trap kind of village. El Nido Bay is full of fisherman boats converted into boat drivers to the surrounding islands. Even locals who are normally the nicest people of Asia (according to us), are used to tourists and which leads to higher prices and agressive locals. After 2 days in El Nido, we went to Port Barton, less known, less touristis and beautiful.
Port Barton is located between Puerto Princessa and El Nido. This little village is considered to be the El Nido of the 80’s and 90’s, the vibe here is child and the prices are 2 to 3 times cheaper than El Nido. In Port Barton we found the smiles and the kindness of the philippinos that we lost in El Nido.
Welcome to Paradise.
What to do in Port Barton?
- Snorkeling in twin Coral Spot: the coral is beautiful and colorful, our favorite one, get ready to have the best snorkeling ever.
- Snorkeling with giant turtles on German Island
- Camping on Exotic Island or German Island. We spent our last night in the Philippines on German Island just the 2 of us.
- Relax on Virgin Island
Where to Eat in Port Barton?
- A small restaurant without specific name. It is located in front of the village school. You can recognize it thanks to the flags on its facade. You have the choice between Western and Philippino meals. For the Philippino meal: Rise, meat, beverage and fruits all for 50 pesos, this is the best deal we found in all the country and it is delicious. For the Western: Try the Chicken burger, the veggie burger or the fried calamari. It is Yummy.
Where to stay in Port Barton?
- Deep Glod Resort: it is a beach front resort and has 15 huts. Prices starts from 600 Pesos (12€/130Dhs) and go to 2500 Pesos (48€/520Dhs). We stayed in the cheapest hut, it was clean and had a direct sea view.
- Elsa Beach Resort: Also located on the Port Barton beach. The rooms are clean, nice owner and the prices affordable. The cheapest room is for 800 Pesos (15€/170Dhs).
How to get to Port Barton?
The only way to reach Port Barton is to take the dirt road at the junction in San Jose. San Jose is located in the main road between El Nido and Puerto Princessa.
- From El Nido:
- The easiest way is to take a shared van, it costs 700 Pesos (14€/150Dhs) per person and takes 4 hours. Careful, Only one shuffle per day and it is at 7 am.
- The Local way: Take a local bus from the « bus Terminal » going to San Jose for 150 Pesos (2.9€/32Dhs) per person. Then take the Jeepney from San Jose to Port Barton for 150 Pesos (2.9€/32Dhs) per person. Careful, the Jeepney goes once a day to Port Barton, in the morning between 10 and 11 am. If you are late like us, you can either highjack (not much traffic on that road) or take a tricycle from the junction to Port Barton. It will cost you 300 pesos for 2 if you are a good bargainer, (it took us almost 40 minutes to get this price instead of 800 Pesos)
- From Prueto Princessa Airport:
- Take a shared van which will cost 300 to 400 Pesos and it takes 3 hours to reach this little heaven.
- Electricity is available from 6 pm to 12 am
- Do not forget to charge your electronic device before going to bed.
- Take enough money for your trip around Palawan from Puerto Princessa, there are no cash machines or ATM in Palawan but in the main city.
JerryPeps by AGBackpackers.com