Quiet, Friendly, Relaxing, Few Tourists
too good you won't want to leave
Unspoilt condition of beaches, corals, marine life worth the extra costs
On my recent trip to Port Barton i came across the attached sign for camping on this beach. Toby, the Canadian who owns the beach and comes here for 6 months every winter lives in simple accommodation on the beach and spends a lot of his time fishing. I am not sure that you can camp there all year round or just when he is here, but just email him...more
I have been snorkelling many times in the past but mainly from Cacnipa Island on the boat from Coconut Garden Resort, but it is possible to rent a bangka (outrigger) for a day trip . Just inquire at your guest house or talk to some boatmen on the beach and arrange a price. There are a couple of place that you can rent mask and fins from. enjoy!more
There is a beautiful waterfall which you can trek to, about 90 minutes walk. You must go to the northern end of the beach and follow the small path , which will lead you past the cemetery, then you will turn right and follow the path. It is quite difficult so you should ask some locals the way or hire the services of a student for a small fee. The...more
Though swimming and snorkeling are allowed, we didn't see much great fishes and corals within the area so we instead relaxed and just chilled out for about 1.5 hours when we stayed there.You could even just borrow and read a good book while relaxing in a hammock.Complimentary sports activities also include darts, chess, volleyball and badminton.And...more
Swimming wasn't advisable in the area when we went there because jellyfishes were just everywhere! So instead, we just checked out where they take care of baby sea turtles and just hang out at the beach with my son while my friends had their time spent at the bar/restaurant area by the beach.And by the way, they charge an entrance fee of P50-/pax...more
JAMBALAYA is located next to Cabungan bungalows right on the beach. It does not look much but once you step inside you are in for a treat as there is free internet for customers, a book exchange, the coldest beer on the beach and wonderful food that you cannot find anywhere else in the country. It is a ramshackle native hut on the beach and the...more
Situated at the northern end of the beach next to Greenviews, it seemed to be the only bar in Port Barton. Yes, the restaurants served drinks as well, but El Dorado make a point of advertising themselves as the Sunset Bar and having the coldest beers in the area. We didn’t go here at all because to be honest, I thought it looked like the type of place that foreigners would go and drink themselves silly, and I don’t like that kind of environment. They always had music playing and they have many flags from different countries hanging up. It’s not hard to miss.
I found this description on someone's travel blog and it is exactly how I would describe it and possibly why I wouldn't want to go there...see point no. 2!
"There are several reasons, however, why one might choose the El Dorado.
1. El Dorado is jointly owned by an American of Italian descent, the mighty Dan Ficarelli, and his Philippino partner, Lucy. Dan goes out of his way to be of help, and his lively and vibrant personality makes all the difference to your stay.
2. El Dorado has a fantastic round bar which attracts the English-speaking expatriate crowd (Yanks, Brits, Aussies, Kiwis, etc.) with their wives and girlfriends, as well as the tourist crowd.
3. The music of the bar is second to none, and the prices are more than reasonable.
4. El Dorado has the best-value meals in Palawan, with HUGE prawn portions at just four euros per portion.
5. The best sunset views are from El Dorado."
Dress Code: It's the beach!!!! Anything goes!
Before you get to Port Barton I suggest you buy a SMART SIM card as this will help you with phone calls to accommodation places and in general it's nice to have a phone that works at hand! When my credit ran out in Port Barton, I went to Ayette's Bamboo Restaurant and they had top up cards there. Ayette's sell top up cards in P100 and P300...more
I had heard before I left to go to The Philippines, that the Filipinos were one of the friendliest people you would find in Asia. I always thought that the Thais were pretty friendly, but you know what, Filipinos really are incredibly hospitable! The concept of 'shame' is very important in Filipino culture and visitors should probably avoid offending or embarrassing anyone in public. Any food or drink offered should be accepted, as this is a sign of hospitality.
Charles and I were invited to one of the boatman's houses the day after Foundation Day for dinner as it was his son's birthday and also Charles'. The boatman was probably a little on the drunk side and I was pretty sure that his wife would be left to do the cooking and preparation for our arrival so felt bad about it, but Charles said we should definitely go, and plus, it would be fun to see inside someone's house and the way they live! So we went! It was a little uncomfortable as we were given a lot of food to eat at a small coffee table on out own whilst they watched us and talked to us. When we had finished, they brought out their food which was totally different to what they had made for us and by that point we thought it might be our cue to leave. We all made polite conversation and managed to last about 45mins and then decided that we had all been polite enough and we should say our goodbyes!
It was very kind of them to invite us to their home, and I am so glad that we went. I feel that we struck up a different kind of friendship to what most travellers would have with the locals and I hope when we decide to go back another time, and we will(!), that we will have that same relationship again.
If you have rented a motorbike and heading back to Puerto Princesa make sure you fill your petrol tank as there is no petrol station until you reach the outskirts of Puerto Princesa. If you are going north you can find fuel in Roxas, around 40kms from Barton. More petrol stations are being built on the highway south to Puerto Princesa so the situation will change.
We left El Nido at 530am headed for San Vicente where we would then take a boat to Port Barton. We had already taken a jeepney from the San Jose intersection so we thought we would take a different route this time. We had been told it would be 4 hours from El Nido to Itabiak (the intersection to go to San Vicente), then a short ride to San Vicente...more
There are some mini vans who will tell you that you have already missed the bus to Port Barton and that you need to take their van to Roxas / San Jose / San Vicente (wherever they choose that day!) and then catch the jeepney from there. At first I was a little confused with jeepneys, buses, vans, mini-vans and from everything I had researched...more
One bag per person...no more! Weight of our bags was about 12 kilos each and a bit more coming back. If you take a flight from El Nido to Manila you are only allowed 10k per person, so pack accordingly! Getting on and off jeepneys and boats all the time, you'll be glad you packed lightly We were in our flip flops all day everyday...even to walk to...more
Shorts and shirts are musts. a pair of rubber slippers which can provide your feet protection. It's good to have a snorkel or diving gear too although these can be rented from the pension houses. Fins are necessary especially because some rocks are sharp. a wide brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses will provide some protection. you have to bring...more
It's a very nice walk, about 3,5 km throu jungle and ricefields.
Start from the beach after the last resort (Greenview Resort), soon there is a crossing, Walk straight up a steep hill past a cimetery and down, ricefields on you left, the a fork, thake the way right witch goes after a while over a water pipeline, soon after a small path to the right witch goes after 20 m over a little brooke and an other 200 meter you see the waterfall.
There is some good diving and snorkeling. Doris (german, english, french) from Easy Dive is there since 12 years, a bit disorganiced but knows the area quite well.2 dives 2500 Pesos, you can also join for snorkeling 250 Pesos. There is a second diveshop at the other end of the beach, more expensive, probably better organiced but since they are...more