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 in Port Barton?
- Ausan Beach Front Cottages P1300 per night – check on Agoda
- Ayette’s Bamboo Cottage P600 per night – check on Agoda
Going there was like on the spot as there was no room reservation. But the month of June is a 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.