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Port Barton

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Port Barton

 

Port Barton is a small fishing and farming village located on a bay at the Municipality of San Vicente, in the Northern Part of Palawan. The bay is found along the province of Palawan's west coast. With its tranquility and frontier, tourists, whether local or foreign, opt to get a chance to enjoy the beauty of the place and sorkel in the waters of Port Barton.

Most tourist accommodations are found along the 1.3 km beach which is usually chosen by many to get a perfect view of the sea. There are also few lodging houses and guests houses located on the nearby islands and the secluded beaches from the Port Barton.

Years back, the tourism in Port Barton stagnated due to rough roads which brought discomfort for tourists but in late 2009, the roads were finally finished and enabled people to get to the majestic place smoothly.

There are about ten guest houses in Port Barton and a few small grocery stores that sells basic necessities for tourists and locals. However, you may opt to encash an estimated adequate amount of money when going there since there are no banks, ATM machines or money changers in the vicinity.

Port Barton's peak season starts on November and ends nearly on May. It is within these months that tourists and locals are encouraged to visit the place since Port Barton becomes really lively during the peak season with all its fun activities and the merriments during the evening. For those who prefer quiet and relaxing ambiance, you may choose to visit the place on months that is not covered by the peak season.

 

Activities in Port Barton

Port Barton has become popular due to its majestic waters. Tourists, most of the time would go snorkeling, island hopping, beach lazing, and swimming. Aside from the beach, there are also two nearby waterfalls that could serve as another option for visitors when it comes to water activities.

When it comes to those who are so into snorkeling and island hopping, it is best to know that Port Barton's ocean conditions are more favorable for enthusiasts during the morning; 8am would be a good time to set off. A full day of snorkeling would last take about seven hours where tourists will get the chance to visit, more or less, four different locations.

 

Aquarium Four

Aquarium four is a reef in the bay that reaches 2 meters deep in its shallowest and is not surrounded by any land. It is, most of the time, advised for tourists to visit this area first among other destinations since it's best to go to it when the sea is calmest due to the fact that the boat can only anchored in a portion of the sand underneath, which would be dangerous if the waves would start dancing in the waters. Aquarium four will be able to provide waters teaming with small fishes of all sorts of variety – a true eyecandy.

 

Exotic Island

Exotic island is actually composed of two islands with shallow waters between them. This beautiful location is a perfect place for swimming and for having lunch on the beach. Snorkelers would however, find it hrd to find good spots for their interests but don't lose hope!

There are exquisite areas where snorkelers may get good views of the marine life in the area. Some of what snorkelers may encounter are schools of small fishes that changes from a dull gray color into bright silver beauties once they pass through beams of light from the sun while they swim freely.

 

Paradise Island

The Paradise Island is a privately owned island which had a small resort in it once. At present, there are only caretakers left in the island, a small family who are tasked to maintin the environment in the area by keeping poachers away from the reef. The reefs in the island suffered immense damage due to destructive fishing practices but later on, slowly, the reef grew back into what it is now.

The main attraction of this island is its beautiful corals, among these corals, beautiful large fan corals have become the most famous one. Tourists have to pay a fee amounting to P50 which is given to the caretakers as compensation for their hardwork in the area.

 

German Island

German Island is another privately owned island which may be visited for free. It is suggested for snorkelers to swim further than usual when in this island since the beauty it has can only be found a few meters from the shore. Snorkelers will be able to feast their eyes with patches of beautiful coral gardens worth the extra swim.

Swimming a little further would also be a good option since it might just give you an awesome treat, seeing various colorful schools of fish, beautiful corals, and occasionally, seaturtles. German island is also a good spot for lunches.

 

Double Island

Double Island is located not too far from the port and may be reached by just swimming from the German Island. There is also a small resort located in it. Most tourists visit this wondrous island for the good snorkeling spots that it has around it. It is also suitable for swimming and other water activities.

 

Small Lagoon Reef and Fantastic Reef

Small Lagoon Reef and Fantastic Reef are both really close to Double Island, however, these reefs attract tourists for different reasons. Small Lagoon Reef is famous for its schools of fish and patches of corals while the Fantastic Reef is well known for its beautiful green corals.

 

Mangrove River Tour

Unlike in the Island Hopping and Snorkeling, smaller boats are used, and is to be hired, for the Mangrove River Tour since the larger ones cannot maneuver around and get through the shallow parts of the river. This activity have gained attention because of the fast flow of the river that is caused by heavy rains but durng sunny days, the river flows regularly.

Some of the sights that may be enjoyed are the green mangroves that the government have protected through the years to maintain the beauty and balance of the ecosystem in the area, the wildlife, and some house on stills in the bay.

 

Papuwyan Waterfall

Papuwyan Waterfall is a popular destination in San Vicente and will just take about an hour and a half of walk from the town. The walk will be assuringly not be extremely tiring since the path only has getle slopes. There are also shallow streams along the way so make sure you're not wearing sneakers. The walk is worth it once you get into the waterfalls which has really beautiful waters that is perfect for swimming.

 

Bigaho Waterfall

Bigaho Waterfall is a picturesque cascading waterfall that has a huge pool for swimming at its bottom. Unlike Papuwyan Waterfall that takes an hour and a half of walk, Bigaho Waterfall may be accessed by a 20 minute-boat ride from Port Barton, and then from the village of Bigaho, a one kilmeter stroll to the waterfall.

The stroll will be an easy trip for anyone from any age group since the path does not involve trekking or climbing and there are stone steps in the last 100 meters. Visitting the waterfall could be part of the tourists' island hopping.

 

 

 

Getting There

  Port Barton is 152 km away from Puerto Princesa and it may be reached by various means such as buses, jeepneys, cars, shuttle vans, motorbikes and boats. By land, it would take up to three hours to reach the area. To get there, most tourists opt to book a shuttle vans that go straight to Port Barton or hire a private van. click here to book the shuttle van.

 

Port Barton Map

Position Name Price Set Descending Direction
Shuttle van Puerto Princesa Port Barton

Puerto Princesa - Port Barton

₱525.00
Private transfer from Sabang to Port Barton

Sabang-Port Barton

₱6,200.00

Position Name Price Set Descending Direction