If someone mentioned Port Barton to you before, I guess you would never think that this place is in the Philippines. Well, the name sounds like it’s somewhere out of the country. Right? That aside from Puerto Princesa’s Underground river, El Nido’s Lagoons, Coron’s Shipwrecks and Balabac’s turquoise waters. There lies Port Barton, closer than El Nido but not as famous as Balabac.
Port Barton is a barangay of San Vicente, one of the municipals in Palawan. Its name used to be Itaytay which is still the current name of the main beach. Back in 20th century, the name was changed after an Englishman named Col. Burton who created flagstations on every island they visited.
This place is very laid back, there are only few bars and restaurants. So if you’re looking for an escape to the crowded bustling city of Manila, and prefer a less touristy site then this place is the perfect gateway.
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How to get there
- Fly to Puerto Princesa (Travel Time: 1hr | Fare: Php2,300)
The usual entry point to Port Barton is flying to Puerto Princesa International Airport. We had ours via Cebu Pacific. It’s better to choose the earliest flight, as early as 4AM for you to catch the van’s 1st trip going to Port Barton which will take 2-3 hours travel time.
- Or Fly to San Vicente (Travel Time: 1hr | Fare: Php5,300)
For those in Northern Luzon, there’s a newly launched flight to San Vicente from Clark International Airport which is catered by Philippine Airlines (PAL). It could save you the 2-hour land travel but if you’re coming from Manila, going to Clark might be a hassle. This flight is much recommended for those traveling to El Nido.
- Hire a tricycle to San Jose Terminal (Travel Time: 15mins| Fare: Php120 – 150)
If you still have enough time and on a tight budget, you may hire a tricycle going to San Jose Terminal where you could catch a van to Port Barton for Php120. If not, you may arrange a van pick up at the airport.
- Take a van going to Port Barton
If you prefer a faster and more convenient travel than taking the bus. There are two van operators (SBE and Recaro) in San Jose Terminal which leave as early as 6:30AM until 6PM. Fare costs Php500 if you want to be picked up from the airport but if you’ll hire a tricycle going to San Jose Terminal, van fare will only be Php350.
|Van Schedule (Puerto Princesa to Port Barton)|
0905 485 8597 / 0909 351 3037
0919 445 5021 / 0995 162 9155
Places to Visit
There are four tours (price starts at Php700 with free lunch) that you can choose from, to explore more of Port Barton’s exquisite islands and waterfalls. Booking an island tour is a piece of cake. Just walk along the Itaytay beach and you could spot tour organizers offering tours for the next day. Tours usually starts at 9AM until 4PM. And don’t forget to take your breakfast before taking off so you’ll have a lot of energy to swim.
On our second day, we explored the two popular falls in Port Barton. The Pamuayan Falls (Pawpawyan Falls) and the Bigaho Falls. We rented a motorcycle for Php500, fuel not included. Roads to these falls are not yet paved and this could be a challenge to your driving skills. You may choose to walk going to Pamuayan Falls which will take you 2 hours.
The first falls that you would reach is the Pamuayan Falls. Once you’ve crossed a river, you’ll see a big nipa hut on your right, where you have to log and register. Trek to the falls is around 15-20 minutes, you may ask for a guide if you want.
Once done with Pamuayan Falls and if you still have the energy to brave more off road for another hour, you may head straight to Bigaho Falls. Other option to reach Bigaho Falls is through renting a boat (Tour D) from Itaytay Beach, which cost about Php2,500/roundtrip.
Locals advised us that our motorcycle won’t survive the terrain going to Bigaho Falls. That’s why we already decided to give this up. From Pamuayan Falls, our next stop was supposed to be the White Beach. However, there was a miscommunication, instead of going back and taking left, we went to the right hoping to reach a beach. To our surprise, we unintentionally reached the welcome signage of Bigaho Falls. (Take all the right to every fork or ask locals if you’re still on the right path.)
Where to Stay
For your accommodation, here are my recommendations. As for us, we booked a fan room at Ausan Beach Front Cottages for Php1,160/night with free breakfast. Just add Php300 if you prefer an air-conditioned room.
Ausan Beach Front Cottages
Rizal Street, Port Barton, San Vicente
0926 707 4154
Deep Moon Resorts
Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan
0977 852 1978
Elsa’s Cottage & Restaurant
Purok Pagkakaisa, Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan
0921 286 9619
Forest Wood Suites
Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan
Visit Agoda.com for more booking options.
Where to Eat
Even though Port Barton is just a small barangay and nightlife isn’t their thing. There are still lots of restaurants and a few bars. These are the restaurants we’ve tried near the beach front, a full-meal will cost you Php500+ good for 2.
- Native Bo’s
- Ausan Beach Front Cottages
- Summer Homes Beach Barn
- Besaga Beachfront Bed and Breakfast
- Lunch at Inaladelan Island Resort
Here’s a sample itinerary that you could use to help you plan your own trip to Port Barton. If you want to explore Long Beach in San Vicente, you may add another day to your itinerary. We haven’t done much since we went there to unwind and relax.
|Day 1||Flight to Palawan|
|9:25||ETD from Manila|
|10:50||ETA in PPS|
|Ride a tricycle to San Jose Terminal|
|11:30||Take a van to Port Barton (Recaro)|
|Stopover for Snack or Lunch|
|14:30||Arrival in Port Barton|
|Pay the Environmental Card|
|14:45||Book a reservation for the van to PPS (Recaro)|
|15:00||Check in at Ausan Beach Front Cottages|
|16:30||Book Island Hopping Tours|
|18:00||Dinner / Socials at Native Bo Bar|
|19:00||Prep for tomorrow’s activity|
|Day 2||Island Hopping|
|7:00||Wake Up, Prep and Breakfast|
|9:00||Start of Island Hopping
|16:45||Back to Main Land|
|19:00||Dinner at Besaga Beacfront Bed and Breakfast|
|22:30||Back to Hotel / Sleep|
|Day 3||Chasing Waterfalls|
|7:00||Wake Up, Prep|
|9:20||Go to Caltex for fuel|
|10:35||ETA in Pamuayan Falls|
|12:00||ETD to Bigaho Falls|
|13:00||ETA in Bigaho Falls|
|14:00||ETD going back to resort|
|16:00||Late Lunch at The Summer Homes Beach Bard|
|19:30||Back at the hotel / Freshen Up|
|Day 4||Back to Manila|
|6:30||Wake Up, Prep & Breakfast|
|7:30||Check Out at Ausan Beach Front Cottages|
|8:45||ETD to PPS via van|
|11:45||ETA in PPS|
|12:30||Lunch in Balisasayaw Restaurant|
|14:00||ETD from PPS|
|16:00||ETA in Manila|
Below is the summary of expenses for our 4D/3N Port Barton adventures, you could still lower your expenses if you don’t splurge on food like us. Food is Life!
|La Casita Inn||1,200.00|
|Ausan Beach Front Cottages||2,320.00|
|Tricycle to San Jose Terminal||150.00|
|Van to Port Barton||700.00|
|Van to Puerto Princesa||1,000.00|
|Breakfast at Naia 3||526.00|
|Dinner at Native Bo’s||470.00|
|Breakfast at Ausan Beach Front Cottages||300.00|
|Dinner at Begasa Beach Bed and Breakfast||530.00|
|Late Lunch at The Summer Homes Beach Barn||905.00|
|Dinner at Native Bo’s||610.00|
|Island Hopping / Tour||1,400.00|
|Mixed of Tour A and B||1,400.00|
|Entrance Fee & Guide Fee||370.00|
|Entrance Fee at Inaladelan Island Resort||200.00|
|Donation at Pamuayan Falls||20.00|
|Donation at Bigaho Falls||50.00|
|Total Expenses (All-In)||Php13,820.64|
Although, we missed some of the sites and other islands, we’ve enjoyed the tranquility that Port Barton provides. I hope this helps you explore Port Barton. Safe travels always!
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