One of the highlights of my trip to the Philippines was the small fishing town of Port Barton. Nobody goes there for the nightlife, but if you’re looking for a place to relax, meditate, sit on the beach and read, or meet exceptionally friendly people, Port Barton is it.
I took the bus there from Puerto Princesa to the south. If I recall correctly, it’s about a four hour ride. Three of those hours are on a modern, paved road. The forth is spent bouncing down a rutted, bumpy dirt road to the coast.
That, and the fact that electricity in Barton is only available from six in the evening to midnight, tends to keep a lot of tourists away. So, the town is quiet and cheap, with a beautiful beach, good island hopping tours, and a laid-back, unspoiled vibe that you won’t find up north in El Nido.
And don’t miss the beautiful Pamuayan waterfall a couple miles from town. It’s lovely and cool, and a great place to spend the middle part of the day when it will likely be blazing hot in Barton. The locals take donations to maintain and improve the site, so stop and say hi to Eden, drop some pesos in the box and buy some water or cookies.