Never thought that I always have a yearly trip to Palawan which started back in 2014. I always find myself booking a one-way ticket. Maybe, I am just lucky that I found good friends who live in Palawan. I never heard of this little village called Port Barton. Last June 2017, I got the chance to visit this place as I got invited. Sweet!
What did I bring as a Digital Nomad?
Funny as I mentioned in the title that it is a perfect place for a digital detox. But seems I can’t live without my laptop as I was chasing to finish a project that time.
The original plan was just for 3 days so I brought:
- Lenovo laptop and a backpack
- my Olympus Tough camera (amazing underwater camera)
- Huawei pocket wifi
- Oppo camera phone
- power bank
- Snorkeling mask and gear
- 2 sets of swim wear
- clothes (shirt, undies, shorts) good for 2 days
- dry bag
Amazing, I just brought 2 bags with me (a laptop backpack and a dry bag) but the 3 days stay became 7 days.
How to get to Port Barton?
There are three ways to reach Port Barton from Puerto Princesa, you can take a:
- bus – go to the terminal bus station at San Jose (P250)
- van – same as where the buses are
- motorcycle – rent a motorcycle and drive
It’s 3-4 hours travel time. The fare must be around 450-600. But I remember when I was in El Nido, it was 500-600 for 6 hours inside the van.
Where to Stay?
- Ausan Beach Front Cottages P1300 per night
- Ayette’s Bamboo Cottage P600 per night
Going there was like on the spot as there was no room reservation. But the month of June is low season so you have the time to find options.
Things to do in Port Barton?
- Island hopping for P700 with lunch
- Beach bumming
- Yoga/Meditation by the beach
- Go to Pamuayan falls (donation)
- Go to White Sand Beach P25 entrance fee
- Purple Turtle Music Lounge Bar
- Evergreen Bayview Bungalows and Viewpoint
- Sunset watching
Here’s a quick video of a photo compilation I created before. I need to upload photos later on.
Photos on Instagram
Where to eat?
- Ayette’s Bamboo House Restaurant and cottages
- breakfast place in front of the school (forgot the name)
Why is Port Barton a good place for digital detox and meditation?
- There is no electricity for 24 hours. It’s only available from 5 PM to 12 MN.
- Only a few tourists, unlike El Nido. You’ll have the beach to yourself.
- It’s also a good place for couples having their honeymoon.
- Very peaceful, quiet and serene.
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- You can find cheap accommodations and restaurants
Travel Tip and Reminders
- There is no ATM machine in Port Barton, bring enough money.
- Bring power bank and always charge everything from 5 PM to 12 MN.
If I got the chance to return, definitely I would go back. I had a wonderful experience in Port Barton for a week and it’s lovelier if with a boyfriend. Port Barton is a paradise you shouldn’t miss out. It is best to travel with a group of friends. Traveling solo is also fine as you have the time of your life doing meditation and keeping yourself at peace.