Port Barton, Palawan
A few months back I visited Palawan for the first time, and I picked 3 destinations to explore on this brief 8 day excursion. One of these destinations was Port Barton. Prior to taking this trip, I did a lot of Google research to find locations in Palawan that offered clean, unspoiled beaches with clean water, and Port Barton often came up with these searches. So after flying into Puerto Princesa and spending a few days there exploring Honda Bay, I headed to Port Barton. To get a feel for where it is located in Palawan, see the map below. You can see it is located on the west coast of Palawan close to the top of the island proper…..
From Puerto Princesa you take the main highway that pretty much runs along the eastern edge of Palawan which is called Puerto Princesa North Road. The bulk of the road is close enough to the ocean that you can see it in many places along the way. Here are a few photos of things I saw about halfway to Port Barton….
When you reach the city of Roxas, you turn left and drive about 30 miles right into Port Barton. After you are on that road for just a few minutes, the pavement stops, and it is dirt road the rest of the way there. Luckily, I was traveling during dry season, and the road was fine. (Imagine these disastrous roads with mud, ruts, and deep puddles after several heavy rains) I had rented a car which my filipino friend was driving on this trip, and in the ad for the car rental agency, it specified that if a car is going to be used to go to Port Barton during rainy season, then only 4-wheel drive vehicles can be rented. Here are a few pics of that road…..
So once we were in Port Barton, we found a simple, inexpensive hotel to stay, and then we walked around a little to check out the scenery. This place is really primitive with only small, private hotels, sari sari stores, and a few restaurants. They only have electricity here from 5:00 p.m. until midnight, unless you stay in a hotel that has a generator which will supply electricity for a longer period of time.
The next morning I went out pretty early at about 7:00 to check out the beach area and take some photos. Our hotel was about a 5 minute walk to the beach. Here are a few things I saw during my morning walk…..
So, this is what you will see if you walk around the city of Port Barton – interesting things, but the real attraction of Port Barton is the islands and coves out in Port Barton Bay. That is precisely why I came here – to explore the splendor of the islands and see the life on the floor of the sea.
We procured a banka boat with its 3 brother crew to take us out on an all day island hopping/snorkeling trip. They charged us 2500 pesos for the whole day trip, and that included the snorkeling gear and a wonderfully prepared lunch out on one of the gorgeous islands. We all met at the boat at about 9:00 in the morning and headed out to do some snorkeling. Here are a few pics of what we saw while out on this boating excursion…..
This crew of brothers knew exactly where all the best diving and snorkeling sites were. They took us to our first snorkeling spot, and I used my new GoPro underwater camera for the first time to capture what I saw while snorkeling. Check it out…..
Then at around noon, we docked on a scenic island and one of the crew members prepared for us a wonderful and scrumptious lunch, while another one got the barbecue fire stoking for grilling the fish, pork, and eggplant. Here are some pics of our chef preparing the day’s fare…..
Here are a few pics of the island we were on for our lunch break…..
And here’s a little clip giving a panoramic view of where we ate our lunch…..
After we finished lunch, we headed out again and went to another island where we hung around for an hour or two prior to returning back to our dock. Here are a few pics while out on that island…..
So this was our spectacular first exploration of the magic and splendor of Port Barton. This is still an unspoiled paradise thus far spared from commercialization. How long it will remain that way is anybody’s guess, but what I discovered while exploring all of Palawan, commercialization is at a minimum. Palawan is often called the last frontier in the Philippines, since its pristine natural wonders are all still intact for everybody to enjoy. If you have any questions about this post, or should you like to send us a message, you may do so with the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly answer any queries you may have! Thanks.