How to plan a Port Barton Trip

The Ultimate Port Barton Travel Guide: Plan your trip

Port Barton is a remote village blessed with pristine islands, white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and an incredible diversity of marine life. Travelers who visit this little paradise can experience the village's simple lifestyle and peaceful atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of more touristy destinations. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, explore the surrounding islands, or immerse yourself in local culture, Port Barton has something for everyone.

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When to Visit Port Barton

High Season

High Season in Port Barton typically runs from November to May. During these months, the village comes alive with fun activities and festivities in the evenings, making it an ideal time for both tourists and locals to visit.

However, due to the limited number of hotels in Port Barton, it’s advisable to book your accommodations in advance if you plan to travel during the Christmas and New Year period.

Despite being the peak season, Port Barton never gets too overcrowded, maintaining its peaceful and laid-back atmosphere throughout the year. So, whether you visit during high season or off-season, you’re sure to have a memorable and relaxing vacation in this beautiful paradise.

Low Season

From June to October, Port Barton experiences a rainy season, with August being the wettest month. During this period, some tours may not be available due to the weather conditions. However, the scenery can be even more stunning, and waterfalls at their fullest.

Festivals and Events

Port Barton celebrates the Arawedan Festival every January to showcase its rich cultural heritage and celebrate the natural beauty of the place. During this festival, locals and tourists can enjoy a variety of activities such as street parades with creatively-costumed bands, indulging in mouth-watering delicacies, and watching cultural performances. It is a great opportunity to experience the lively and colorful culture of Port Barton.

Attractions You Should Consider Visiting:

Classic Port Barton Tour Options:

aerial view of islands in Port barton, san Vicente

Discover the stunning marine life of Port Barton on this snorkeling tour to some of the best spots in the area. Explore Twin Reef’s crystal-clear waters and colorful fish, Fantastic Reef’s diverse marine habitat, and Exotic Island’s unique sandbar connecting it to Maxima Island. Look out for sea turtles and relax on the white sand beach of Maxima Island, and spot starfish at the shallow waters of Starfish Island.

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Discover the underwater world of Port Barton starting at Middle Rock snorkeling site, where Spanish mackerel and giant bumphead parrotfish reside. Paradise Island offers white beaches, crystal-clear waters, and large fan corals. Visit Bigaho Waterfall and end the day at Gillegans Beach, one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Port Barton.

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Discovering Port Barton in 4 days

Day 1: Arrival in Port Barton
Arrive in Port Barton and settle into your accommodations. Take a stroll along the beach, explore the town, and indulge in some local cuisine.

Day 2: Port Barton island Hopping
Go on an island hopping tour and discover the best of Port Barton’s marine life, beaches, and snorkeling spots. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on one of the beautiful islands.

Day 3: Port Barton leisure
Take the day to relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Port Barton. You can go for a swim, sunbathe, read a book, or simply unwind and take in the natural beauty of the area.

Day 4: Depart Port Barton
Depart Port Barton, but not before grabbing some souvenirs to take home with you.

Where to stay:

Main Lobby at Holiday Suites, Beach Resort, Port Barton

Most hotels and guesthouses in Port Barton are conveniently located just a few steps from the beach.

While there are several accommodation options available, it is important to note that there aren’t any 5-star or luxury hotels in Port Barton. However, the charm of the village lies in its simplicity and laid-back vibe, making it an ideal destination for budget-conscious travelers and those looking for a more authentic experience.

Holiday Suites Port Barton is a beachfront accommodation situated in the charming coastal town of Port Barton in San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere, Port Barton is a popular destination for travelers seeking a peaceful island getaway.

Holiday Suites Port Barton is considered by many to be the best hotel in the area, offering comfortable and modern amenities for a truly relaxing stay. The friendly staff is always ready to assist guests in any way possible, ensuring a memorable and stress-free experience.

What to bring along

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Good to know

While Port Barton has many advantages, there are some disadvantages to be aware of during your stay.

Electricity is limited, available only from 5:30PM until midnight. Internet access is also limited and slow.

Additionally, there are no banks or ATMs, so bring plenty of cash as foreign currencies and credit cards are often not accepted.

There are no hospitals in the area, and jellyfish can occasionally be present, so it’s recommended to wear a wetsuit for protection and bring along an effective spray to neutralize stings.

There is a diverse selection of beachfront restaurants and bars in Port Barton, offering a range of Asian and international cuisine. As the town is compact, these establishments are all within walking distance of each other. For a budget-friendly option, Gacayan Restaurant on the main road serves tasty local dishes. Alternatively, some restaurants are run by expats who have introduced their own unique cuisines to Port Barton.