Exploring Port Barton & El Nido, Palawan
This is probably my third time to go to Palawan and I must say there’s still a lot to discover! Palawan is the fifth largest island located in the Western Visayas of the Philippines and in between the South China Sea and Sulu Sea. It has been awarded as the World’s Best Island in the World (206-2017) for two consecutive years and it has gained even more popularity since then.
If you want to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or also known as the Underground River then you can spend a few days in Sabang area. You can fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa and take a bus or a van from the airport or bus terminal to Sabang. There are also quite a few other activities you can do near the this city like Island Hopping in Honda Bay and Firefly Watching at night. You can find more details in my previous post here.
Since this was a combination of work and play I was able to visit a few other islands before heading to my solo trip in El Nido.
In a nutshell here’s the itinerary I followed:
2 days in Port Barton Area – Inaladelan Island Resort, Buayan Island
1 day in San Vicente – Private house and Long Beach
1 day in Sabang – Daluyon Resort
5 days in El Nido
Long post ahead but promise it’s useful!
If you are going straight to El Nido, you can:
- take a direct flight from Manila to El Nido or
- take a flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa and 6-7 hour drive to El Nido.
Yes, option 2 is a bit more tiring so if you really want to save cost but you want to still travel with ease and comfort you can try Daytripper! They provide El Nido and Puerto Princesa transfer using a 10-11 execustive seater van so you have your own space and a free a snack. It’s around PHP 850-950 per way so not a bad price to pay if you want to maximize the long drive with a long nap.
You won’t find a lot of information about Port Barton as it’s only starting to gain popularity these past few years but a quick browse in Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor will quickly tell you that this is the place to be, especially if you want to avoid the crowded El Nido and Coron. There are already a few hostels and restaurants in the area and to my surprise most of the visitors are actually foreigners.
From Port Barton we rode a boat going to Luli Island or also known as the Starfish Island where we watched the sunset.
Next stop was Inaladelan Island Resort. You can do a daytrip or an overnight camping with your friends and family. Just a few swim away is a turtle conservation reef. My colleagues saw some turtles, I didn’t. You can swim with them in the shallow area so no need for some diving skills.
Daytrip – Php 500 with lunch and boat transfers
Overnight Camping – Php 1500 with boat transfers, dinner, breakfast, tent with pillows
… you can continue reading this interesting article at TravelAnyway.