Port Barton, Philippines - Ultimate guide
From El Nido I took the bus to Port Barton which took around 3 hours, you can also come from Puerta Princessa in the other direction which is around the same amount of time. If you are flying in or out of Puerta Princessa it's a good place to break up the journey to El Nido for the night rather than spend the whole day travelling. If you want to do one of the tours make sure you book at least 2 nights.
Where to stay:
I stayed at Ausan Beach cottages which is a family owned place right on the beach, food is great and really cheap, choice of Aircon or fan room. It has 24 hour electricity which is not common in this area and the hosts are really welcoming. This was my final night in Palawan so I decided to splash out for a sea view room! For a lower cost option I have heard good reviews of CocoRico Hostel. There aren't any luxury resorts here that I know of (Boracay is where to go for that) but for something a bit higher end Rubin Resort has a swimming pool and really good reviews and is probably the most expensive place to stay at just £30 per night!
Things to do:
There are loads of different tours you can do including trips to find sea turtles and star fish, but unfortunately I did have time for a full day tour. When I was there the main beach was too dangerous to swim because of box jellyfish although some crazy people still were! Instead we took a boat over to white beach where the water is safer and theres another beach you can walk to called Coco beach which is pretty difficult to find. You need to walk all the way to the left hand side of the beach and just when you think you have run out of beach, keep walking through the trees and you will come out to another stretch of sand which is much quieter and again less jellyfish. This problem is seasonal so may not be an issue but helpful to know as box jelly fish are transparent and have a pretty nasty sting! On the boat on the way home we met a girl who was singing in a bar called Tres Tequillas that night which we went along to. It has a lovely chilled out mix of backpackers and locals with live music every night usually taking requests.
From Port Barton I booked a bus that would sensibly get me to the airport 3 hours early just in case there was a delay on the bus etc. The bus actually took 1.5 hours instead of 4 and I was in fact 5 hours early!! At the check in desk I was ready to beg to check my bags in so I didn't have to wait outside security but the woman just let me get on the earlier flight! This never happens right? It felt too good to be true! It was as the flight was delayed and I got into Manila at the normal time! #islandtime!
Read the rest of my 10 day itinerary for Palawan here.