My friend and I took the bus from Puerto Princesa after attempting to communicate with the hotel via their Facebook page (no response-told on arrival that the hotel has not been using FB for some years!).
First, a word about the bus. It's 5-6 hours with one extended stop (40 min.) for lunch. The bus is not air-conditioned but the windows open and it was not uncomfortable. The road to Port Barton is paved only half-way, the rest is dirt. With the occasional rain, it was quite muddy on our return to PPS, but we didn't get stuck. An alternative is to hire a van, but it is 4,500-5,000 PHP (the bus is 150 PHP per person one way).
Despite the absence of an advanced booking, the hotel was happy to accommodate us. The rooms are little cottages or chalets right on the beach. They are of decent size for 2 people and have fans which are adequate. Did not provide a mosquito net but I only saw one mosquito. There's a little porch facing the ocean where you can drink a beer quite pleasantly.
The restaurant is a nice open air room where you can lounge on benches and look out on the ocean (obscured by trees) and the garden. The wait staff is friendly but they were frequently out of many items listed on the menu (e.g. Filipino breakfast, 2nd pot of coffee, many selections at dinner). We found things to eat and they were well-prepared and inexpensive (as is the beer).
There are a few places on the beach within a short walk, including Jambalaya, which is a pleasant hippie-type place with a nice view. There's also a store where you can buy wine, sunscreen, etc.
The hotel set up a day cruise with a local boat owner. We left about 9am and returned about 3-4pm (lost track of time). The captain took us to a couple of nearby islands where we lounged around. I snorkeled (nothing great), and the captain made us a nice simple lunch of grilled fish (bring your own beer). It cost 5000 PHP.
As has been commented before, the beach is very pretty in Port Barton. But it's also great to get out on the ocean and cruise around a bit. The weather was fantastic for which I am eternally grateful (it rained a bit in PPS).
All in all, a pleasant hotel and a wonderful location (and even the bus ride was tolerable).
- Also Known As:
- Deep Gold Resort Port Barton, Palawan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Port Barton, San Vicente! Deep Gold Resort, the widest beachfront property in the village, offers 9 clearn and cozy cttages overlooking blue bay waters of Port Barton, we wish you a pleasant stay. ... more less