My first expression of the Philippines was great. And when we came down to the beach at Port Barton the long flight was all forgotten. This place is SO nice! I thought to myself that it was so rare to see such a beautiful location shared with just a few backpackers. I’ve traveled frequently to Thailand and seen every place I love change rapidly, so to get to this place was like time travel. After all, the Philippines have over 7000 islands, that makes up a lot of beautiful beaches and lagoons. Let the Paradise hunt begin!
Along the beach there were a few guesthouses. But to our surprise everyone was full. So there were some people hanging around after all, but the accommodations were limited. In Thailand I never booked ahead, unless I was arriving late at night. Then I would reach for my Lonely Planet guide and call a day in advance. So even though this was unexpected, I liked it! We found one available room at Summer Homes and booked the next night not far away at Elsa’s Place. We decided to just try and juggle between places and see what we liked, if a place didn’t open up we had the rest of Palawan to explore anyway.
The quiet beach with a couple of guesthouses hidden among the trees.
Loved this cozy hut! Tattoos anyone? 😉
When we walked down the beach there were three young locals sitting in the shade. One of the guys approached us with his phone and asked me for a photo. “Sure!”. I was pretty surprised when his two friends walked up to us and posed beside us. I thought I was going to take a photo of them! I want that picture, I’m pretty sure I looked like one big confused question mark. It was fun though! Everyone says hi, the smiles are real. Genuine. And the culture seem very honest and straightforward, I love that!
More of this coming up! Check out the tag Port Barton, for everything I have from this beautiful place.