After a more than week in La Union we did a major change to our travel plans. Original plan was to head up North and see famous rice terraces, but after few sales speeches about Palawan we were sold. Palawan is said to be one the most beautiful places on Earth. At least if we can trust on Jacques Cousteau’s judgment.
We flew from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Puerto Princesa is a place to see the underground river. But since we were short of time and we heard that it is not that spectacular and a bit pricy, we just decided to skip it. We spent just one day/night in Puerto Princesa and I truly think that was enough. The town is kind of a mini Manila: Lot of people, traffic, noisy and so on. So my advice is that just keep on going.
Early at the morning we took a bus to the small town called Port Barton. Port Barton is a place where is nothing going on: Perfect place to rest your mind. We stayed in a nice ocean-front place called El Busero. Rooms are only 500-600 pesos / night, so it’s a good deal.
Main attraction is island hopping. Normal thing to do is to take guided tour on the motorized boat, but since we love physical work, we decided to do our own island hopping by kayak. After 5 km kayaking we were glad to get to the first island. Here happened a funny accident. We left our kayak over a small sand bar and took a small walk around the island. Lotta was thinking: `What if our kayak had been floated away…´ Ha haa.
When we were walking back I saw weird yellow object floating far away. S***, I realized it was our kayak that was wiped away by rising tide! I did a Usain Bolt a-like sprint and then Michael Phelps a-like swim to the kayak. Fortunately it wasn’t floated too far away and I was able to rescue it.
After a few deep breath we were on the way again. We found a small island nearby where were some other tourists chilling as well. Amazing place and definitely worth of kayaking.
Other things to do in Port Barton
Besides island hopping there is not much to do or see. The beach is too sheltered for surfing. In places like that it is good to focus on eating. Ausan Beach Front Restaurant looks even a bit too fancy, but it is one the best restaurants we came along in Philippines. With less than 200 pesos you can have a set meal with starter soup, main dish like a tuna steak, and a real dessert. Beer is only 35 pesos.
We spent couple evenings there with our new Australian friend called Tim. His weird Japanese styled eyeglasses and nice English-Australian ascent were complementing his classic gentleman presence. Such a nice guy, even he was beating as in Uno all the time! Actually we met Tim already in Puerto Princess and travelled with him all the way to El Nido. Making new friends is definitely one to the best parts in travelling.
After couple days in quiet Port Barton we headed to El Nido. I even found some surf there, but I will save that story for the next time…