PORT BARTON TRAVEL GUIDE

Palawan has many destinations that easily fill your multi-day itinerary from its northern reaches to its southernmost. One of the places to add to your bucket list is Port Barton. It has a laid-back ambiance and natural attractions that will keep your days busy and fulfilling. The main draw of this part of Palawan is the serenity it offers. Don’t visit if you plan to party the night away or go on island hopping trips. This is the place to be for those who want to get away from the crowds and relax.

Contrary to what many think, Port Barton is not a town, but a small village along Palawan’s northern coast and is one of San Vicente’s barangays. When you ask locals they often say “San Vicente,” which they mean as the town proper, the one near Long Beach; this fact may be the reason for the confusion. Port Barton is around three hours away from the town proper, which is why many think it is in a different municipality.

Port Barton stretches along a rugged coastline with small beaches in between. It also has some islands dotting its bay; some of which include Cagnipa Island, Cagsalan Island, Inoladoan Island (Inaladelan Island, German Island), and Albaguen Island.

Unlike its counterpart in El Nido, Port Barton’s size allows visitors to walk from one end to another. Its relative quietness, lack of fancy restaurants or hotels, and few crowds make it the perfect place for tourists who want to get off the radar. More and more people are visiting, but compared to other more popular destinations, it is not much

Important Facts

  • Language: Filipino/Tagalog is the language spoken by the majority; however, English is widely used and understood as well.
  • Money/Payment: Philippine peso (PHP, ₱) is the currency used in town; PHP100 is around USD1.90, EUR 1.62, SGD2.56 (as of May 2018). Bring cash for transactions. You won’t find any banks or ATMs in Port Barton, get enough pesos before visiting. Exchange US dollars, Euros or any currency you have while in Puerto Princesa or Manila.
  • Safety and Security: The province of Palawan has a low crime rate; however, always observe common safety practices throughout your stay. Be mindful of your belongings at all times and always lock your room door whenever you leave. Port Barton doesn’t have a hospital, only a small clinic. The major hospitals are in Puerto Princesa.
  • Power: The socket types are mostly 220V, 60Hz or Type A. Port Barton has a limited electricity supply. Power doesn’t run 24 hours, only from about 5 PM until midnight, unless your accommodation has its own generator.
  • Best Time to Visit: December to April is the ideal months to visit because the days here are the driest and sunniest. Thanks to mainland Palawan’s location and isolation, typhoons don’t hit it as often as the other parts of the country. However, the other months still get a lot of rain during August and September.

Port Barton doesn’t have the same popularity that Puerto Princesa and El Nido have; domestic tourists aren’t as familiar with it as well. Most of the visitors are foreigners (mostly Europeans), looking for a quiet place to relax and unwind. Because of this, the peak season of this destination is from December to February, when they leave their countries to escape the cold days and nights of winter.


Plan Your Port Barton Trip


How to Get There

Tours and Attractions

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Top Port Barton Resorts


Deep Moon Resorts
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Rubin Resort
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Sunset Colors
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Ausan Beach Front Cottages
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Top Budget Inns


Kiwi Lodge Port Barton
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Theresa’s Place Inside Bing-Vice Tourist Inn
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Le Cou de Tou Village Resort
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Ferranco Tourist Inn
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