Philippines – Port Barton

– FEBRUARY 10-13, 2016

We caught our flight from Cebu City to Puerto Princesa, then hopped a mini-van for the 3 hour ride to Port Barton.  Our flight landed at 3:30pm, but the last mini-bus left at 4pm.  We had to scramble to buy tickets in time, but the company told us that there were seats available and they would shuttle us to connect with the van.  Sure enough they did connect us with the van, but this 14 seat van already had 17 people and one chicken!  They told a few of the people in the van to move from their seats so we could sit somewhere in the van.  Jill ended up closer to the back sitting on a wood box…while I got the front passenger seat, but the guy who was there ended up sitting on the floor beside the sliding door.

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The shuttle bus on the way to Port Barton. It had 14 seats but they jammed 19 people and one chicken into it. Jill had heads sleeping on her shoulders on both sides. It was nuts!

We hit Port Barton after dark, but fortunately our friends Butch & B had already found us a place to stay for the night that was among the best options in the undeveloped serenity of Port Barton.  Some neighbors have dogs, some have cats, some have chickens, and some have little pigs tied up in their front yards.

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A Port Barton yard with a pet pig.

We connected with our friends Butch & B (we met them in Vietnam and thankfully we reconnected again a few months later in the Philippines) and agreed to go on a full day island hopping tour.  We got a great deal as there were five of us in the group (Me, Jill, Butch, B & a Canadian named Doug).  We were out pretty much all day since we rented the boat as a private tour rather than on a set tour.  The difference is that a private rental can decide where we want to go and how long we want to stay there.  A set tour will have a schedule and you have no say in how long you want to stay at any given spot or what order you see the locations.  It was a good day with some clear waters and good company.

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Port Barton Island Hopping Snorkelling Tour

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The next day contained a couple hour hike to a local waterfall by Port Barton.  Great sights and very scenic view.

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Port Barton Waterfall Hike

Port Barton was a great stop and one of the best places we stayed in the Philippines.  This place doesn’t have a real road to access it, so the Asian tourists avoid it and stay in Puerto Princesa and El Nido.  The government is currently building a real road to access it, so we believe that in 10 years (or less more likely) the new highway will bring the developers to Port Barton and it will become like Thailand.  Overdeveloped and tourist traps…not a backpackers paradise.  People…some visit Port Barton before it changes.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.