To get to Port Barton you first need to come to Palawan Island. You can reach Palawan either by the sea or by air. It takes only 1 hour to fly and 32 hours to sail from Manila to Puerto Princesa which is the main town and most likely your starting point.

Reaching Puerto Princesa

By the sea

There are is one reputable ferry operator: 2go Travel. It operates from Pier 4 and leaves Manila on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. and reaches Puerto next day at 9:00 p.m. You can book and buy tickets on-line. Ferry could be the cheapest option as you sail the Ocean for as little as USD 20  but if you are not on a tight budget consider taking a flight as the sea route is lengthy and not particularly attractive. Additionally, with the three airlines competing, you can also fly for USD 20.

By air

There are up to ten flights a day to Puerto Princesa (PPS) from Manila alone and up to ten more from Iloilo and Cebu. The Puerto Princesa airport accommodates domestic flights operated by: Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. None of these companies is fully reliable. Cancellations and delays are a commonplace. In general Cebu Pacific tends to be the cheapest option but also the least reliable. In June 2016 CEO of Cebu Pacific was spotted flying Philippine Airlines. He explained that a Cebu Pacific service tended to be late on the route he flew (sic!).

Buy tickets well in advance and look for promotions. You may try which offers such options as “anywhere” “major airports in Europe” and is very flexible.  Take the following into consideration when you book your flights (based on personal experience of missed, cancelled and delayed flights)

  1. Check which terminals you land at and take off from.

There are 4 terminals in the Manila Airport on 4 different sides of the runways. Cebu Pacific (both international and domestic) operates from T3. Air Asia domestic flights operate from T4. Most international flights operate from T2. When booking separate flights take the transfer time into consideration.

  1. Allow a lot of time if you need to change terminals.

Look for airport shuttle bus as they a better option than a cab when you need to change the terminals.

There is a heavy traffic on all the roads to and around the airport.  Terminal 3 to terminal 2 will take about 1 -1,5 hours. (max 250 Peso for a taxi). Terminal 4 to terminal 3 0,5 to 1 hour (70 to 120 Peso for a taxi).

  1. Check in on-line.

Security staff will want to see your boarding or booking pass before they let you to the check-in area. It’s enough to have a PDF or even a picture in your phone. Do not panic if you do not have it, you will still get through but it will take a bit more time. On-line check-in has additional benefit: a bag drop-off counter may be open and usually there are only 2-3 people or none. You may avoid a lot of lining-up time.

  1. Plan your flights with at least one stop over.

If you are on a long-haul flight to Manila it makes a lot of sense to stop in Manila or Puerto Princesa for a night and continue your journey to Port Barton early in the morning next day. Remember that the last van leaves Puerto Princesa for Port Barton at 4 p.m., although in a high season there might be an additional service at 6 p.m.


Reaching San Vicente

As of October 2018 there is a new air route from Clark (near Manila) to San Vicente operated by Philippine Airlines. We do not recommend this route as it is complicated. The new road will be finished most likely by the end of 2020 but for now you need to go from San Vicente to San Jose Junction (23 km from Port Barton) with any van or bus heading to Puerto Princesa where you wave down a  van going to Port Barton.

Please mind that Clark is not really close to Manila and it will take about 3 hours to get to the airport and visiting San Vicente is for the time being not the best use of your vacation time as the Long Beach (empty and dull) is the only attraction in the town.

Continue reading: How to Get to Port Barton from Puerto Princesa or How to Get to Port Barton from Sabang, Tay Tay and El Nido.

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