Although not totally undiscovered, Port Barton in Palawan is still relatively unknown to local tourists. It’s a shame really, especially when the quaint village easily provides the solitude one expects after two hours of bumpy ride from the national highway that cuts through a well-preserved forest. The virgin forest is actually a destination in itself!
Its powder white sand is reminiscent of Boracay’s but Port Barton’s simplicity and its people’s hospitality are the added oomphs that make it ‘the’ destination when Puerto Princesa’s tourist crowd gets overbearing and one needs to relax before exploring El Nido’s numerous islands.
The coastal village comes alive early in the morning when the locals go on their daily lives. Small boats arrive from the nearby islands, carrying with them harvests that are sold at cheaper prices. Dogs run on the beach. Kids, in their cute mismatched uniforms, march to school. An old man reads a forgotten issue of Panorama. Another one drinks his coffee while his feet touch the water. And a toddler makes the beach her own stage. Yes, the local life is that story which is often overlooked but delivers the most affecting tales.
- Photograph taken with a Canon 550d in May 2011.