Chino: You had a busy start to the year and all you want is to slow things down a bit. You have come to the right place.
Port Barton, Palawan is an untouched gem of the Philippines. When you board the 45-minute flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa, you can be pretty sure that a vast majority of the plane will be making the pilgrimage to the famed El Nido, maybe stopping by Sabang to tour the underground river and taking the boat from El Nido to continue north to Coron.
Getting to Port Barton in San Vicente, Palawan is an adventure in itself. This amazing sleepy beach town is situated a bit off the beaten track, which makes getting there all the more thrilling and exciting. The roads are all dirt path and the strong tides of Filipino life move on immensely undisturbed by the small group of wanderers hanging around in the handful of budget beach cottages and hotels. The Port Barton is located on the northwest coast of Palawan which is roughly halfway in between El Nido and Puerto Princesa. One needs to hop on a bus, boat, mini van, or jeepney to get to the far less developed destination called Port Barton.
The quaint Port Barton beach itself is a stunning strip of fine white sand and great for a quick swim. There are roughly over ten pristine white sand islands, top-notch dive and snorkeling sites and even a number of waterfalls. Please be aware though that electricity is usually only available between the hours of 10 A.M. and midnight.
For more action, one can go snorkeling in Port Barton and other close by islands, which are a boat ride away. Our days were spent swimming in complete isolation and discussing what the next meal would be. A generator ran for 4 hours in the evening and was promptly shut down before midnight. Diesel isn’t cheap in these areas.
We created a routine, rose early, read, talked about simple life, shared our delicious meals together, listened to good music, swam, walked, and explored this gorgeous island.
The silence can be deafening. If you can’t see yourself in a destination stripped down to the basics and stay still enough to just take in nature, then Port Barton is not the place for you.
Port Barton is a new destination for me. For the first timer, I appreciate the local culture, hospitality and their warmth. Unspoiled beyond words. Port Barton in general is overwhelmingly a piece of paradise and the environment here boosts the extraordinary experience with their extremely impressive setting and outstanding hospitality.
HOW TO GET TO PORT BARTON FROM PUERTO PRINCESA:
Using public transport located at New San Jose Bus Terminal in Puerto Princesa City, the local jeepney will take about 4 hours. The jeepney leaves at 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM on a daily basis and the cost is at Php250/person. The cost of a tricycle to the terminal on the other hand is less than Php80 depending on the number of heads. Port Barton is situated 166 kilometers Northwest of Puerto Princesa City. Upon arrival in Port Barton Terminal, you may register in the Port Barton Tourism Assistance Center and take a 2-3 minute trip to Ausan Beach Cottages.
WHERE TO STAY:
Ausan’s Beach Front Cottages is absolutely a very well conceptualized and laid back beach resort. All areas I passed through led me into yet another surprising area that was more thrilling than the first. Ausan’s Beach Cottages offers modern amenities, which included comfortable pillows. Their outdoor shower is very interesting, too, as it’s surrounded by local plants, shrubs and pebbled borders. Ausan’s Beach Front Cottages is the only resort in Port Barton that has 17 hours electricity from 7am – 6pm (Resort Generator) and 6pm – 12 midnight (Public Electricity).
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