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Port Barton & Island Hopping- Palawan, Philippines

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Published on Apr 27, 2012

©2011.
Darrin Lee

A secluded tropical beach not already over-developed and populated is something of a dying breed.

Palawan is the third popular tourist destination in the Philippines, behind Boracay and Cebu. Most of this traffic flocks to the notorious El Nido district, however. The relatively unknown Port Barton is much more of a hidden gem.

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It's an extra one-hour flight from Manila, before a three-hour van ride from Puerto Princessa airport. The last hour is sketchy unpaved dirt paths. Local electricity is also limited as the community shuts down at 12 every night.

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Once arrived, it's a backpacker's dream- an untainted, naturally enclosed cove. Boat trips for island hopping and the underground river are less than 1500 Pesos for an entire day's expenses. Scuba, snorkel, kayaking and more, all very cheap.

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The San Vicente International Airport is due for 2012 8 km from Port Barton. This will likely influx increased tourism, resort development and investors snatching up this island paradise.

Soon it will be every beach resort you've ever heard of.
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Music: Michael Brook "Salvation Mountain" michaelbrookmusic.com

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