4 reasons why you need to visit Port Barton in Palawan

Break up the lengthy journey with a scenic stopover at this coastal village

For many backpackers looking to explore Palawan, the usual itinerary includes the big three: Puerto Princesa, Coron, and of course, El Nido.

The popular route starts in Puerto Princesa, where flights are generally cheaper than flying directly to Busuanga in Coron or El Nido, before making their way by land and ferry north of the island.

Considering the lengthy journey, more and more backpackers and travelers are starting to discover ways to break up the trip. One way is by stopping over Port Barton.

The small village is located roughly 123km north (about a 3-hour drive) of Puerto Princesa, and about 195km (about a 5-hour drive) south of El Nido. But aside from being a convenient stopover, there are more reasons to visit Port Barton:

1. It’s unspoiled by mass tourism

Tourism in Port Barton is still in its infancy. As you would expect, the infrastructure in this small town is not yet fully developed, and the only way to access it is via a dirt road. These can be challenging for casual tourists. Those who would go out of their way to stop by will be rewarded with calm and quiet surroundings.

2. It’s relatively affordable

Port Barton doesn’t share the same price tag of Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. A typical lunch or dinner item is roughly P150 at local faves like Gacayan and Kusinero del Barrio, while rental for some private bungalows go for less than P1,000 a night. Try Kiwi Lodge Port Barton, a one-minute walk from the beach.

3. The beaches are uncrowded

Port Barton offers picture-perfect, #nofilter-worthy beaches with clear, turquoise waters. The best part? You get to enjoy them all to yourself! Head over to German Island and enjoy the finest, white sand beach that rivals Boracay’s.

4. It’s as local as you can get

There are no big international brands here, only bungalows, resorts and restaurants right along the beach, all of which are owned by local families.

Mick Salas runs a fitness and travel blog called trotterhop.com.

Written and Photographed

Mick Salas

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