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    Port Barton Attractions

    What you need to see while you’re in Port Barton

    Port Barton is a small fishing village located on a bay in the municipality of San Vicente in the Northern part of Palawan. It is still relatively unknown to tourists. The main beach, with its calm waters and a long stretch of sand, is surrounded by a pristine rainforest.
    You’ll like Port Barton’s simplicity and its people’s hospitality so much, that you’ll never want to leave.

    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 a few lodges and guests houses located on the nearby islands and the secluded beaches from the Port Barton.

     

    Exotic Island

    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 sell 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 Twin Island

    Port Barton’s peak season starts in 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 a quiet and relaxing ambiance, you may choose to visit the place on months that is not covered by the peak season.

     

    Port Barton has become popular due to its pristine islands and amazing beaches. Tourists, most of the time would go snorkeling, island hopping, beach lazing and swimming. Aside from the beach, there are also a couple of waterfalls that could serve as another option for visitors when it comes to trekking 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; 8 am 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.

    Exotic Island

    Exotic Island

    The Exotic Island is actually composed of two islands with shallow waters between them (see also Double Island). This beautiful location is a perfect place for swimming and for having lunch on the beach.

    Exotic Island is one of the travellers’ favourite islands in Port Barton, thanks to its unique landscape with a narrow channel where it’s possible to swim from one island to another.

    Snorkelers would, however, find it hard to find good spots for their interests but don’t lose hope!

    Snorkeler enthusiasts may spot schools of beautiful, colorful, tropical fish and coral reef.

    Location: Port Barton Bay

    Activities: Snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming

    Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

    Recommended Tour: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour A

    Double Island

    Double Island

    Double Island is located not too far from Port Barton and may be reached by just swimming from the Exotic Island.

    Double island together with Exotic Island boats powdery-white sand and crystal clear blue waters.

    Most tourists visit this wondrous island for the good snorkeling spots that it has around it. It’s also a good place for lounging on the beach and have a picnic lunch.

    Location: Port Barton Bay

    Activities: Snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming

    Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

    Recommended Tour: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour A

    Aquarium Four

    Aquarium Four is a reef in the bay of Port Barton that reaches 2 meters deep in its shallowest and is not surrounded by any land.

    It is, most of the time, advisable  to visit this area first, before proceeding to the other islands, since it’s best to go there early in the morning when the sea is calm – due to the fact that the boat can only be 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 different types of tropical fishes – a true eye-candy.

    Location: Port Barton Bay

    Activities: Snorkeling

    Recommended Length of Visit: 30 minutes

    Recommended Tour: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour B

    Paradise Island

    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 on the island, a small family who have tasked to maintain the environment in the area by keeping poachers away from the reef.

    In the past, the reefs of this island suffered immense damage due to destructive fishing practices but later on, slowly, the reef grew back into what it is now.

    The highlight of Paradise Island are the beautiful large fan corals .

    Tourists have to pay a small fee to enter which is given to the caretakers as compensation for their hard work in the area.

    Location: Port Barton Bay

    Activities: Snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming

    Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

    Recommended Tour: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour B

    German Island

    German Island

    German Island is another privately owned island which can be visited while you are in Port Barton.

    It’s a good place for snorkeling with coral reef teeming with colorful marine life, just a few meters from the shore.

    You can snorkel around the beach, but the most beautiful patches of coral gardens are a bit far, and it’s 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, sea turtles.

    German island is also a good spot for lunches.

    Location: Port Barton Bay

    Activities: Snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming

    Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

    Recommended Tour: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour A

    Small Lagoon Reef and Fantastic Reef

    Small Lagoon Reef and Fantastic Reef are both really close to Exotic and 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.

    Location: Port Barton Bay

    Activities: Snorkeling

    Recommended Length of Visit: 30 minutes

    Recommended Tour: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour A

    Papuwyan Waterfalls

    Papuwyan Waterfall

    Papuwyan Waterfalls is an interesting place to visit in the jungle of Port Barton and will just take about an hour and a half walk from the town.

    The walk will assuringly not be extremely tiring since the path only has gentle slopes.

    There are also shallow streams along the way to make sure you’re not wearing sneakers.

    The walk is worth it once you get into the waterfalls which have really beautiful waters that are perfect for swimming.

    Activities: Jungle trekking

    Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

    Recommended Tour: Port Barton Snorkeling & Trekking Tour

    Bigaho Waterfall

    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, one-kilometer 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.

    Visiting the waterfall could be part of the tourists’ island hopping.

    Activities: Jungle trekking

    Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

    Classic Port Barton Tour Options:

     

    • Port Barton Tour A: Fantastic Reef, Wide Reef, Lagoon Reef, German Island, Twin Reef and Starfish Island.

     

    • Port Barton Tour B: Aquarium Reef, Port Barton Marine Sanctuary, Paradise Island, Lagoon Reef and Starfish Island.

     

    • Port Barton tour C: German Island, Paradise Island, Capsalay Island and Starfish Island.

     

    • Port Barton Snorkeling and Trekking: Wide Reef, Fantastic Reef, Lagoon Reef, Twin Reef and Pamuayan Waterfalls

    Suggested 4- days Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Port Barton
    Day 2: Port Barton Island Hopping
    Day 3: Port Barton Leisure
    Day 4: Depart Port Barton