Port Barton is a small coastal community in San Vicente, Palawan. It’s about 3 hours drive from Puerto Princesa, and about 4 hours away from El Nido.
To celebrate my 30th birthday, I decided to do the El Nido-Port Barton route as my first ever solo trip also happened in Palawan. I fell in love with this place as I’ve been craving for solitude for a few months now. Too bad I decided to stay longer in El Nido.
Mind you, this is not as developed when compared with El Nido, but it has its own rustic charm. This is the place you could go to when you just want to get away from it all. Or when you just want some peace and quiet you will definitely not get in El Nido.
After arriving in El Nido, the first thing I noticed was how rural El Nido was. Blame the city girl in me, but I got a little bit scared as there were some areas that were really dark on the way there. Also, some areas of the road were still not paved, but I could see that the local government were trying their best to finish their road construction project.
Because I had a tiring day, all I wanted to do was to drop my bags on the floor and crawl to the bed so I was not able to explore the town. However, some people I met informed me that there were bars and restaurants in the beachfront.
I arrived in Puerto Princesa last Monday at 11:10 local time. I was happy that the weather cooperated with my plans as I was not planning to have my city tour while it was raining. Luckily, the locals told me that Puerto Princesa experiences minimal typhoons in a year.
I arrived during the Baragatan Festival in Puerto Princesa. It is a celebration in which people from different municipalities converged together to showcase their music and other talents through streetdancing and/or exhibitions. I admit I was not able to watch their parade as I was busy with my city tour.
Here are the places I have visited in my city tour:
- Crocodile Farm – has a mini zoo. You may have your photo taken with a living and breathing baby crocodile or try to eat crocodile sisig sold in their cafeteria.
Photoshoot with baby crocodile
I never thought I would have my first solo backpacking this year, let alone to do it in Palawan. It started when I was thinking of going to Baguio or to Baler for a quick weekend getaway when I saw an Air Asia Zest’s advertisement of seat sale. The roundtrip ticket for my selected dates cost only Php 880.00 (around USD 20.00), so I figured I should go to Puerto Princesa and to El Nido because I still hadn’t gone there.
I opted to join another group tour instead of doing it myself because I would need time to apply for the permit on some of the tours, like the Puerto Princesa Underground River tour. I checked the cost of having separate tours and of having an all-in packaged tour. I inquired with JourneyingJames as he is also a backpacker/blogger who now owns a tour agency in Palawan. Here is the proposed itinerary for a 4D/3N Puerto Princesa – El Nido trip package that already included van transfers: