Eversince our trip to El Nido, there was no other beach better for us. Then again we wanted to explore more of Palawan so our good friend, Bia, suggested we go to Port Barton. We don’t regret it at all! It is actually a more laid-back, quieter version of El Nido.
We booked a plane going to Puerto Princesa. Unfortunately, the flight we got arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon.
Make sure you book for an early flight since you have to travel around 4 hours from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton.
Withdraw cash in Puerto Princesa. No ATMs in Port Barton.
Electricity shuts off at 2:00 AM – 6:00 AM. Some resorts have generators.
We rode a van to Barton at 3:00 PM from PP and arrived around 8pm. We booked an overnight stay at the White House. (because our reservation at Ausan Beach Cottages wasn’t until the following day) Locals told us a government official owned the place. Anyway, it was late, of course there was nothing left to do but chill. We had a few drinks before going to bed. Ardie surprised Bia with a necklace! Yep. It was their anniversary. Talked a few minutes more and finally went to bed.
We checked in at Ausan Beach Front Cottages for the duration of our stay in PB. We realized there’s really no use in booking an air conditioned room since you’re out in the morning and afternoon, and when it’s time to sleep, it’s going to shut off anyway. We couldn’t sleep! Ang init!
Also, it’s fine if you don’t book a beach front accommodation, the hostels are very near the beach. I’m sure that’s also what the locals will tell you.
We booked a 2 day tour. (about 700 per person per day. including lunch)
Everything is actually negotiable with the tour guides. Just please make sure not to haggle too much. Their prices are very reasonable.
We spent around 30 mins in this island. When the tide is low, a sand bar appears which connects 2 islands together.
Toby and Thelma’s Palawan Camping
For those of you who enjoy camping, this is the place for you! They’re offering nipa huts and tents for rent. They’ll go fishing for your food and cook it the way you like. For us, it was the best island we visited. The beach was really beautiful!
It’s an island where a lot of palm trees grew in the middle, hammocks were set up, so people can chill, read a book, sleep, eat… We were startled by people shouting and immediately swimming towards something. I thought there was someone drowning. Apparently, someone saw a Pawikan! Too bad we didn’t see it.
We went here on Day 2. You’ll need to travel by boat, then by tricycle to get to the longest beach in the Philippines. We stayed for about an hour since there was nothing to do but swim and take pics anyway. 🙂 It was worth seeing!
It’s a sand bar they call lubog-litaw since when it’s high tide, it’s under the water. 🙂 Then it “surfaces” or lumilitaw in Filipino, when it’s low tide. Here’s where we took pics with the star fishes!
WHERE TO EAT
We only tried 2 restuarants. Jambalaya and Paella restaurant along Bonifacio. Jambalaya is a beach frnt restaurant. You won’t miss it since you’ll see 2 large chairs where you have to use a ladder so you can sit on it. 🙂
We eat at Paella Restaurant EVERY SINGLE TIME – breakfast and dinner (since lunch is part of the tour)
We love this place since they have good food and reasonable prices. They are also open to a “paluto” style where you can just buy seafood from the market and have them cook it for you. Every night was a feast for us!
After the tour on the 2nd day, we rode a van going back to Puerto Princesa. Booked a room at Natua’s Cabin, which is just beside the airport. Very budget-friendly and convenient! We rested for a while, went to Baker’s Hill for pasalubongs..
Then had dinner at Kinabuch, of course, we tried the tamilok and crocodile sisig again.
We had a few drinks at the Tiki Resto Bar then kwenuthans at Natua’s.
Morning flight to Manila. Couldn’t believe it’s over! Waaaaah! Til next time, Palawan. You’ll always be one of our top favorite destinations!