Port Barton in the north of Palawan island is a beautiful place usually skipped to visit by most travelers. With the long distance travel from one town to the other in Palawan, I could understand why some are skeptical to step into this place. Given the few and limited scheduled trips is I bet one of the reasons too.
This place is about 160 km from Puerto Princesa, which is part of Roxas Town. It was known as one of the craziest roads to pass through, about 22km from the highway which almost half of it was the rough road. But, good thing lately, the government had made some huge improvement, only 3km left that needs construction, hopefully, it will be soon fully developed. The rough road is actually very tough most especially when it’s raining.
Exploring Port Barton is more of a local living. The place is known for backpackers, thus, homestays and backpacker’s place in Palawan are easily available, the rest are resorts that are situated at the front beach and new lodges being constructed. I’ve tried staying in the cozy place named The Summer Homes. Although I also got the chance to stay on one of the homestays owned by a family of 4, yet, the last time I dropped by, their place was renovated.
The tourism is growing as years goes by, although, usually shuffle off from most tourists because of these reasons, I would suggest to never underestimate the beauty this spot.
I most often stopped by Port Barton for 2 nights and do their island tours. Exploring the place could take only about 2 nights or so if you are keen for a chill and quiet place to relax
What and where to explore?
An Early fisherman’s boat ride to the wild Mangrove sanctuary is best to explore first thing in the morning as early as 7 am, though it can be explored any time of the day, yet, mornings have better things to spot on. Hire the small fisherman’s boat as it is the only one who can maneuver the entire place for its shallow water. It’s in the wild, where snake can be seen, different mangrove species, wild bees, monkeys which are seldom to catch an eye on, and if you are lucky, there are locals who dig mangrove tree to hook “Tamilok” worm or like a long oyster which serves the famous exotic food in the province. It is on this part as well, that you have the view of the fishermen’s resting small huts.
Island hop to 3 famous out of 12 islands that can be delve into this town. Visit German Island and have lunch there, it’s a perfect islet to just really chill and do nothing, it’s a paradise for me out of the rest. We were also able to do snorkeling though not much of corals to see, yet, there are also few turtles that can be seen. Never missed the Exotic beach, the rock formation in a white fine sand gives an impression on how exotic this beach is, which you are able to pass through the pearl farm that can be noticed through the visible ropes. Another one is the Paradise island, which is a privately owned island and the smallest among the rest, can be played around with the color of the water is stunning with growing corals as well. You can do snorkeling, but, be patient as the corals on this area is growing and currently well protected as it was damaged years ago from irresponsible fishermen. There is a caretaker, who is a family of 4 and they are kind enough to do all your request within the paradise. There’s a fee of Php 50.00.
Snorkeling to one of the reefs. I’ve done snorkeling in Aquarium and twin reefs only situated just a few km away from each other. The Aquarium reef is about 20 minutes from the mainland while Twin Reef is few km away from German Island. I prefer the Aquarium reef but you need to check with the captain of your boat the best time of the day to go there as it sometimes difficult to swim during low tide because the area is a bit shallow by nature.
There are 2 waterfalls to explore in this field, visit the unique structure of the Bigaho Waterfall where massive rocks are placed everywhere in the area. This is just about 15 minutes boat ride from the Paradise island and there’s a need to hike from the main beach, for just about 10 minutes hike to capture this waterfalls. The other cascade is named as Papuwyan waterfalls which can take about 1.5 hours to trek in a slightly slope area but can take you to another beauty of waterfalls.
These activities can be done or explore in a day or two depends on the pace you want to achieve. But, definitely, visit Port Barton.
Port barton have recently increased the number of restaurants open, I highly suggest Bamboo House located at the center of the village, Greenviews Resort, Summer Homes Resort which served good pasta, Elsa’s and the various local vendor selling barbecue in the evening.
I do hope that more tourists and guests could drop by or stopped by for a while on this place and explore a different view of Palawan Island.
Where is Port Barton exactly located? North West coast in the province of Palawan, the Philippines.
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is a Filipino who is independent in her own skin. Enjoys traveling solo yet loves to travel with friends and family too. She first traveled her country the Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. She supports Eco Tourism, thus, she believes her generosity to share her tour guiding and travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org,