Take me to...Port Barton

This laid-back Palawan town's fine white-sand beach, laidback vibe, and friendly locals make it worth the long drive from Puerto Princesa 

Photo by Krista Ricafort

Port Barton in Palawan is a quiet, laid-back town where electricity only comes on at night and Wi-Fi, if available, barely works, but its beach, waterfalls, nearby secret lagoons and islands more than make up for it.  The beach alone, just a few minutes walk from the town centre, is worth the long drive from Puerto Princesa. It's every tourist's Holy Grail, a wide stretch of fine white sand, soft rock-free seabed, crystal clear waters, and gentle waves. The locals are sweet, helpful, and friendly. Even if you're a solo traveller, you won't feel like you're on your own. A definite must-visit in the Philippines.

Photo by Glen Noble

Photo by Amanda Lago

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Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, and Philippine Airlines fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa daily. From Puerto Princesa, take a van directly to Port Barton. Fare is P800 (US$17), and the ride takes about 6 hours. Try Lexxus Shuttle.  If you're on a budget, there are many small hostels and guest houses are available in Port Barton. Try Princess Michaela along the main road, where a bed in a 4-bed room costs P350 per person per night. For one of the best places to stay in Port Barton, try Secret Paradise Resort . 

By Amanda Lago

Read The Magic of Turtle Bay for more on Port Barton and its attractions.

Published April 2016