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Things to Do in Port Barton

To be honest, Port Barton does not have as many activities to offer as the other Palawan destinations like Coron, El Nido, or Puerto Princesa. Its main draw is its serenity, something that has been slowly slipping away from the others. Don’t go to Port Barton to party or to ride an ATV or to zipline or to see massive limestone cliffs. Go because you want the most relaxing getaway. Go because you want to get away from all the chaos. Go because you seek some peace of mind.

That said, it doesn’t mean that you won’t have anything to do here. You can still fill your day with exciting hours with nature.

Island Hopping Tours

Vins and I in Port Barton

The most popular activity here is going on a boat tour to some nearby islands and reefs. Tours are tagged from A to D, each with their own stops. They’re pretty similar to each other.

Duration: 9am-4pm
Standard rate: P700-800 per person
Lunch is included in all tours

Here are the stops per tour.

TOUR A

  • Exotic Island
  • German Island (Inaladelan Island)
  • Twin Reef
  • Fantastic Reef

TOUR B

  • Paradise Island
  • German Island (Inaladelan Island)
  • Aquarium Reef
  • Wide Reef

TOUR C

  • Exotic Island
  • German Island (Inaladelan Island)
  • Paradise Island
  • Fantastic Reef

TOUR D

  • Exotic Island
  • Marine Sanctuary
  • Bigaho Waterfalls
  • Sandbar

If you want to mix them up, you can charter a private boat instead, which costs P3000-P4000 per boat. (Or you can talk to the boat captain.)

Note that Inaladelan Island (German Island), being a private resort, collects an additional P100 entrance fee per person. Speaking of Inaladelan Island…

Camping at Inaladelan Island (German Island)

This is my favorite beach in the entire Port Barton area. Locals call it German Island because it used to be owned by a German guy, according to our boatmen. But now, the new owners have converted it into a private resort and switched to its old name, Inaladelan.

Inaladelan Island can be visited as part of an island hopping tour, but if you want to stay longer, you can camp out too. There are no rooms or cottages here, but you can rent a tent with foam bed for a more comfortable stay.

Here are the rates and inclusions:

DAY TRIP
Rate: P1500 per person, minimum of 5 pax.
Includes: round trip boat transfers from Port Barton, entrance fee, light snack, and lunch.

OVERNIGHT STAY
Rate: P2500 per person, minimum of 2 pax.
Includes: round trip boat transfers from Port Barton, tents with foam bed, meals (lunch, breakfast), and kayak rental.

They also have basic toilet facilities.

Pamuayan Waterfalls

This small cascade can be reached after a 1.5-hour trek through the forest and across some streams. But because this is off the beaten path, the trail isn’t conspicuous and can be confusing. It’s best to have a local guide for P300. Its cold water is perfect for a refreshing dip! If you decide to bring food, please take the trash back with you.

Other Attractions

Irawan Beach (near Long Beach) in San Vicente
  • Itaytay Beach. Although Port Barton’s main beach, called Itaytay Beach, pales in comparison to the sand strips cradled by the islands, it’s still a pretty good place to just laze around. My favorite part is the northern end with a sandbar sticking out to the sea.
  • Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary. This eco-tourism destination takes pride in being “the only turtle sanctuary in the Philippines endorsed by WWF-Philippines”. I’m not sure if they’re open to day-trippers, but confirmed guests (those with room reservation) can access this 77-hectare nature reserve and its four beaches. Some green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, and Olive Ridley turtles are also known to lay eggs at the site from October-March, the turtle season.
  • Sunset watching. Port Barton faces west, which makes it a front row for watching spectacular sunsets! Nothing is more soothing!
  • Long Beach. You can also visit Long Beach, the longest stretch of sand in Palawan, located near the poblacion of San Vicente, which is 1 hour away by boat. There are no regular boat trips, but you can charter a private boat for P2000 one-way or P4000 for a tour. If you’re backpacking alone, try to find other travelers to join you and split the cost. Another way to do it is to catch the Magdalena boat that usually sails to San Vicente at around 8am. Fare is around P150. However, since Magdalena only travels once a day, you will need to arrange a private boat to ferry you back to Port Barton.