HOW TO GET HERE OR GET AWAY
Normally a bus leaves Puerto Princesa each day at 9 am from San Jose Terminal for P Barton, and the reverse trip also leaves from P Barton to Puerto Princesa at the same time.
Just a few days ago a shuttle van service began operating between P Barton and P Princesa leaving from San Jose Terminal at 9 am and 2 pm, also leaving P Barton at the same time. The shuttle van costs 300 pesos and is quicker than the bus, maybe 2 1/2 to 3 hrs, depending on the road conditions crossing the island from the main road to P Barton.
Sabang to Port Barton by boat
I am surprised that it is not mentioned, that most visitors in Port Barton come by way of boat from Sabang. Port Barton is an excellent stop-over point between Sabang and El Nido. Charter boats in Sabang make an almost daily voyage during the tourist season, and when ever else there is sufficient booking. The charter from Sabang to Port Barton is about P1,200. It is very scenic and takes about 3 hrs to Coconut Garden and about 4 hrs into Port Barton. Some boats offer Bay Trolling along the way for an extra P500.
The Port Barton "boatmen association" allows the charter boats from Sabang to drop-off passengers, but deny them their right to take any passengers on to El Nido, or back to Sabang. For this reason, Sabang Charter Boat operators recommend the Coconut Garden Island Resort as being the perfect stop-over between Sabang and El Nido.
Travelers beware! It is very important when you hire a boat, you make sure the boat is properly registered for the voyage. All boats registered as "passenger boats for tourism" have a "capacity limit" and a "specific route that they are authorized to operate." It should be of no surprise to travelers, that many boatmen here tend to exceed their authorized limits, and I've heard many horrifying tales. A small boat registered for only short Island Hopping tours is not registered for making long voyages from Sabang to Port Barton and El Nido. Some boatmen don't know the difference, and others just pretend not to know. In Sabang and El Nido, there is a Port Authority who somewhat regulates the boatmen, but in Port Barton, there is no Port Authority.
Getting to Port Barton from Puerto Princesa
Travelling to Port Barton can be easy and tricky!
We went by local bus which was headed for El Nido but they dropped us off at the intersection of San Jose where we then had to wait an hour or so for a jeepney that would take us the rest of the way to Port Barton as the road is quite muddy at times and regular buses would not get through it. That option cost us P300 each.
Another way is by taking a mini-van for P300 each (i think?) to San Vicente which is a bit north of San Jose and then you take a bangka boat to Port Barton. The boat should take just under an hour...BUT as we learnt (too late!), the cheap boat that the mini van driver suggested is not available during the high season and so the only boats available were P1500 each...very expensive for just a 40min trip!
So I would say the only way to do it right now is option 1. Its not terribly comfy, it's not luxurious and you'll definitely get sandy and dusty, but it is the Philippines and it's a fun way to travel!
From/To Puerto Princesa
It's the cheapest way to get to Port Barton from Puerto Princesa and back.The fare is 200 Pesos each.The jeepney runs once a day from San Jose Terminal Puerto Princesa at 9am, so that means,if you're arriving later than 9am,you'll miss the trip.So it's either,you stay 1night in Puerto Princesa or hire a private van which costs 4000 Pesos for 1way only,max. 6pax.If you decide to take the jeepney,be prepare for a long journey,approx. 4hrs.It's too dusty,so have a handky with you and don't be surprised if you'll smell strange after the trip as they also deliver products from/to Puerto Princesa such as pigs,live chickens,fish and many others.And bring a cushion to avoid your bum getting numbed;)
Van from Puerto Princesa to port barton
Van rentals would cost 3000. it has an airconditioning. and could fit 6 persons comfortably. Be sure to check out the van and its size before making a deal with its driver/operator. You can find these vans at the airport. Your local pension house or inn staff can refer you to them too.
Tourist Vans for Hire to Port Barton
JB Van Rental provides transport services to El Nido.
For rate and other inquiries,
kindly contact +639175530421
Boat to El Nido
You need to charter a Banka (outrigger boat), set price for a Banka with maximal 6 passengers 6500 Pesos.
- Sailing and Boating
Jeepney to Puerta Princesa
Jeepney to Puerta Princesa leaves around 9 am go to the terminal at least 1 hour early to reserve your seat. 3 to 5 hour, 250 Pesos
- Budget Travel