We are a Swedish/ Filipino couple that had been looking for a place to set up a guesthouse. We enjoy traveling as well as running hotel/ restaurant businesses. The opportunity came in 2015 when we found a piece of land in Port Barton, a small and calm village that fit perfectly for what we wanted.
Port Barton is a barangay within the San Vicente Municipality on the island of Palawan in the southwest of the Philippines with a population of approximately 5000 people with tourism, fishing, and forestry as their main source of income. It can be reached from Puerto Princesa by road going north, approximately 150 km (92 miles). The last 20 km to Port Barton is mainly concrete but partly gravel and can be pretty rough during rainy season.
Banks and cash
There are no banks or ATMs in the village. Nearest ATM is in Roxas, an hour drive away but you have to have a local bank card. However there is Palawan Express, a money transferring company, if you need to have cash sent in. Cash can be provided by the reception upon availability but you need to inform them ahead and you need to be able to send money via Paypal or the Swedish SWISH service.
Electricity within the village is now available 24/7 but it is a village generator so there can be times of black outs.
Hot water shower
We do not provide hot water in the showers so you need to enjoy the fresh water.
Is coming from the waterfalls up in the mountains behind Port Barton. Supply can sometimes be sporadic depending on the rainfall of the season.
Internet is provided by the two mobile providers in the Philippines, Smart and Globe. Due to these two monopolistic operators' decision to aim their antennas along the beach our reception is poor since we are a bit inland. Hence, we do not provide WiFi to our guests and instead recommend our guests to get a local SIM card and use the DATA SURF load on that instead.