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Port Barton, Palawan Travel Tips

Port Barton, Palawan Travel Tips

Port Barton is a lovely little fishing town in Palawan. For all its pristine natural beauty, it’s managed to stay clear of travel hype – and the large crowds that follow – lending the quiet beach town a quaint, rustic feel.

It’s one of the loveliest off-the-beaten-path destinations we’ve checked out in a long time and quite possibly the most underrated tropical destination there is.

If you plan on checking out this lovely beach town, here are some travel tips to make sure it all goes well.

Port Barton Travel Tip #1. Be prepared for a bumpy ride

It used to be a nightmare getting to Port Barton, but it’s a lot better now. The road has been significantly improved and in more cases, you should be able to reach Port Barton from Puerto Princesa in around 3 hours.

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Still, the buses that go are usually endowed with wooden seats and it’s a rather bumpy ride. Be prepared.

Port Barton Travel Tip #2. Choose the best time

Port Barton’s tourist season starts in November, peaks between late December to March, and ends around early May. It can be hard to find accommodation during the holiday season – Christmas, New Year, Easter – since Port Barton has become a popular travel destination for Filipino travelers.

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On the flip side, during low season – June to October – some of the resort and guest houses close down and the ones that are open will usually give you a discount. Although this sounds great in theory – no people! discounts! yay! – it also means there’s a real lack of things to do. Most places will be closed around evening time and it’ll prove a challenge to get enough people together for a boat trip to nearby islands.

Port Barton Travel Tip #3. Bring all the money you’ll need

When we said Port Barton is off-the-beaten-path, we meant it. There are no banks, no ATM machines and no places to even change money. Make sure you have enough cash on you (and a little extra) to be able to pay for everything while you’re here.

That includes housing, food, island hopping tours, and anything else you might need. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself having to shuttle back to Puerto Princesa for some cash.

Port Barton Travel Tip #4. Bring what you need.

Port Barton is a one-horse town. There are very few, very basic stores that offer a very narrow range of goods so if there’s a particular brand of, say, sunscreen that you need. Bring it with you!

We highly, highly recommend a bug-repellent-included sunscreen – Badger Balm‘s got an all-natural concoction that’s great at keeping both insects and sunburn away.

Port Barton Travel Tip #5. Be prepared to unplug

Palawan in general has electricity issues. Port Barton is no exception. There’s a limited electricity supply here that comes on at around 6 PM and goes off around midnight. If you plan on staying up afterwards, bring an LED headlamp or a flashlight.

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Arrange your WiFi time around this schedule as well.

Port Barton Travel Tip #6. …and most importantly…

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Best Places to Snorkel in Port Barton

Best Places to Snorkel in Port Barton

What is a beach vacation without a little (or a lot of ) snorkeling? Port Barton is a protected area and offers great marine diversity for your underwater exploration. Most of the snorkel spots are really close to Port Barton and easy to get to as well. If you rent a boat for an islandContinue Reading

Top 5 Things to Do in Port Barton

Top 5 Things to Do in Port Barton

Port Barton is a quaint little beach town that’s somehow managed to retain all its quaintness and rural hospitality. Off-the-beaten-path travelers come here to laze around its picturesque beaches, shifting slow-moving, satisfied eyes from one gorgeous view to another. But for the actively-inclined, there’s still plenty to do in Port Barton. Here’s the top 5Continue Reading

Port Barton, Palawan Snorkeling Tips

Port Barton, Palawan Snorkeling Tips

With over 7,000 islands making up its beautiful country, the Philippines in general is a giant snorkeling spot and Port Barton, Palawan is certainly no exception. This lovely little fishing and farming village is most well-know (or unknown) for its tranquility. While lazing on the beach is probably our favorite Port Barton activity, there areContinue Reading

The Best Islands Around Port Barton

The Best Islands Around Port Barton

The beach at Port Barton is laid-back and relaxing, although it’s admittedly not the most gorgeous beach in Palawan. It’s still plenty close to a bevy of islands with stunning beaches, though, and they’re not difficult to get to. Port Barton’s islands are beautiful on land and in water, so be sure to snorkel whileContinue Reading