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A Private Paradise Beachfront Home with Stunning Views.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Gilligans has 3+ bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and sleeps from 1 to 8 persons.

Paradise is waiting in Port Barton.

Soak up the awesome atmosphere of Gilligans Port Barton where you'll find the air sweet and the breeze warm. The water shimmers sky blue and the nights are filled with fun, food and romance.

Spoilt for choice in a stunning location with plenty of activites to keep boredom at bay

This fully secure and remote guest house allows you to be yourself in the comfort and privacy of your own island home. Forget crowded hotels and noisy resorts. Relax and experience enchantment all around you. Step outside to the beach where the sand caresses your toes and the water is always warm.The gentle waves beckon. The palms whisper, 'kick off your sandals and unwind' The gentle breeze blows softly across your face. Time loses all meaning. The waves sparkle in the sun. You are at one with the sea, You don't have to do anything, but enjoy the bliss that is found at Gilligans Port Barton.

How to get there: Flights from Manila to Puerto Princessa:

Palawan is a one hour domestic flight from Manila Airport. We find Cebu Pacific and Air Asia to have the most competitive prices currently. Other airlines include Philippine Airlines. Book in advance to receive the best prices. We usually pay around $60 usd each way, and often much less, but this can be much higher for late bookings.

Public transport is available from Puerto Princesa, but the most convenient and comfortable trip is by air conditioned van. There are private air conditioned vans available for the very pleasant 2 and a half to 3 hour trip up the Palawan coastline where you'll pass through dozens of small villages and see how Filipinos really live in the provinces. You'll pay a little over $100 usd for a van. You'll pass the famous Underground River on the way to and from Port Barton so you may like to take the side trip to visit this outstanding tourist attraction. You driver can organise this but he will need some notice. Your driver can usually take you directly to Gilligans as we now have a road behind our property. If the road is in poor condition we take you from Port Barton a short distance ny boat.

Gilligans is a simple beachfront vacation home with a carefree holiday feel. You'll be amazed at how beautiful our beach is and the scenery is stunning from our front verandah.

Don’t worry about getting a little sand on the floors inside. It’s easy for us to clean. Gilligans has 2 new bathrooms and a new kitchen. There is a large lounge and dining area with unique furniture. The facilities are clean and comfortable. You'll probably spend most of your time on the front veranda, our beachfront bar, or our popular beachfront Cabana looking out to the stunning views of the pristine beach and the blue waters of the marine park area where you can enjoy a few beers or cold drinks while you relax. Its very quiet here! We have very few neighbours, and you'll rarely see them. Our only neighbours live around 300 metres away in a village of around 20 people and rely on fishing for their income so you probably won't see them at all unless they bring their catch of the day to offer for sale.

The rooms are quite airy and usually cool as we are right beside the sea. Mosquito screens are installed on the windows and mosquito nets are provided for each bed. There's also a small fan beside each bed for warmer weather.

You are welcome to do your own cooking or enjoy the basic Filipino home style cooking of our caretaker Estrellia. She will gladly prepare basic but tasty meals for you.

We do it Island Style here: Island hopping, swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking to the nearby waterfalls, bush walks, Bar-B-Ques on uninhabited islands, are just to name a few of the possible activities. There are some clothing optional beach areas nearby for those who'd like an all-over tan. Make sure you spend some time on the beach at night to watch the amazing star show and you'll most likely see some shooting stars and comets. Occasionally fireflies visit.

We have 2 Stand-up Paddle-boards available for our guests use should you like to try your skills. Our kayaks and paddle boats are also free for our guests to use. If you ask our assistants, they may even cut some coconuts so you can drink fresh juice. It’s so refreshing, even better with some Malibu Rum, so bring some with you or we can provide some local spirits for you.

Drinking cocktails or cold beer, eating fresh seafood, sleeping, reading, relaxing, and walks along the beach are some other popular pastimes. There are always new treasures being washed up onto the beach such as shells, starfish and driftwood. Explore!

Gilligans is a 'Green' resort and our power source is the sun. We have a small solar hot water system and stacks of solar panels for our lighting, entertainment, refrigeration and power requirements. We have a back-up generator as well.

Gilligans is a very romantic destination for couples. We've even held a wedding here. Gilligans has 3 bedrooms with 4 queen sized beds, and is best suited for up to 8 persons but we can place an extra bed or beds for groups who don't mind a few extra people around.

The third bedroom is very large so we have installed a privacy screen in the middle which allows room for the extra bed to bring our optimum capacity to 8.

Email us through this site and we'll send you lots of information about Gilligans and our other home listed on this site Villa Marguerita.

Package Rate:

We have a special package rate for bookings of 7 nights or more which covers the rental of the home, housekeeping, standard Breakfasts for up to 8 persons, an Island Hopping adventure for up to 8 persons including a Beach Barbecue lunch, ( Not applicable for stays under 7 days ). Larger groups should consult with our office for pricing, as we may need a larger boat to accommodate a larger party due to Coastguard regulations.

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More Details

Michell Ignacio
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, Tagalog
Response time
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Michell Ignacio

I built our first home in Port Barton as we felt that this area was paradise and had the same potential as Boracay, without the crowds and overdevelopment. We have 2 beachfront homes in Port Barton, both listed on this site. We decided to rent the homes to help cover the costs of maintenance and to share the charm and beauty of this area. The feeling we have every time we arrive here is exciting. The homes are simple and it's the freedom and peace we feel here that we enjoy most. Cruising through the islands, swimming on our own beach and enjoying this very special place. I'm sure you'll also enjoy that special feeling.

Michell Ignacio purchased this house in 2007

Why Michell Ignacio chose Port Barton

We purchased this home from a friend that had lived here for 16. He decided to head to the big smoke to enjoy retirement closer to town. We've added lots of amenities since then including a solar power system, solar hot water system, lights, refrigeration, satelite TV, a new kitchen and many other creature comforts. We love the privacy of this area as there are few neighbours in the area and we rarely see anyone else walk past along the beach. The clear water and magnificent beach are exactly like the photos and the scenery at Gilligans is absolutely stunning. At night, try lying on the beach to watch the stars, comets and shooting stars. Then, go down to the beach and run your hands through the water and watch the water sparkle from bioluminescent algae. This is a must do! If you don't spend some time on the beach at night, you'll have missed some WONDERFUL sights.

What makes this house unique

There are few places in the world where you find such a stunning location with such privacy for such a low nightly price. At Gilligans you can choose to do your own meals or we can do it all for you. It's your choice. The views from our home are stunning. You'll forget about work the moment you step of the boat onto the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Over the last year I have stayed in many peaceful places, but the serenity of Gilligan’s Hideaway Guest House surpasses them all. I thought I’d learnt to unwind, but not completely I found out. Gilligan’s is located at Nao Nao, a one kilometer stretch of beach about 5 km by boat north of Port Barton Town. Apart from a couple of native huts at the far end of the beach, and a caretakers’ house at the back of Gilligan’s, there is no other signs of human habitation.

The large timber three bedroom house sits on stilts, a few feet off the ground and about 20 meters back from the water’s edge. The front of the house has a huge covered verandah. Sitting there at night in one of the cane rocking chairs is sublime. There is only the night sky to light up the beach and ocean. In the far distance can be seen the twinkling of the lights from San Vicente. Not a manmade sound is to be heard and the ringing in ones ears from the silence is rhythmically interrupted by the waves gently exhausting onto the foreshore.

I sat on the beach very early one morning watching the dawn break. From there I saw a pod of dolphins slowly traversing the bay, only 50 meters from the shore. Fish frequently flew out of the water to escape their prey………………..
Jan 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Port Barton, Philippines

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Floorboards
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • mobile phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • thermos flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Convertible Bed - 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 large double bed , We have a privacy divider between the 2 queen sized beds.
  • Extra beds are available for large parties as is often required for travelling groups or families however this is still a 3 bedroom home designed for 6 to 8 persons. Our back bedroom is very large so we have placed a divider in the room to allow an extra bed and some privacy for groups with more than 6 persons. We are reluctant to accept large groups for Gilligans as we need an extra staff member to assist our caretaker to prepare meals and our boat is licensed by the coastguard for 6 passengers. We've previously had 21 on the boat but it's illegal to do so now for safety reasons. Large groups may need to rent a larger boat.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Tennis ...
  • long term rentals available
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • forests
  • naturist beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Catering is available or you can prepare your own meals. Port Barton is in a remote area of Palawan. Gilligans and Villa Marguerita are the only resorts in Port Barton with 24 hour lights, refrigeration and fans in the bedrooms. Our resort is run mainly on solar power. We have installed small solar hot water systems in each of our homes for showers however you'll probably enjoy cold showers in the tropical Philippines. Alternative Lifestyle, Nude Sunbathing nearby. We have a variety of games available to keep adults and children entertained. Internet is slow and intermittent at Gilligans. If internet is important to you, then you may be disappointed. Ask us for more information about wifi if it is important.


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A Private Paradise Beachfront Home with Stunning Views.
average rating of 4.923077 based on 17 reviews

Fabulous thank you for looking after us, what an amazing place.

  • 5 of 5

A great hideaway, loved it. Peaceful, beautiful and well equipped. Great staff that made us welcome and really looked after us. We would love to come back and visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 17/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a private paradise!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this place for me and 5 of my friends. After booking I was a little nervous about how isolated it is. Turns out, this private paradise was exactly what we needed. The last stop on our vacation, Port Barton/Gilligans was a nice change of pace from Boracay and El Nido. The other places were beautiful but crowded with tourist and very busy.

We flew into Puerto Princesa Airport. Our flight was delayed 3 hours which was not a problem. I coordinated with Mal and there was a driver and van there when we arrived. The van was big enough for the 6 of us and our luggage. It was about a 3 hour drive from the airport to port Barton. After arriving in Port Barton we took a 20 min boat ride to Gilligans.

The house had the perfect feel. No air conditioner, but we did not need it. There were fans in every room and a cool breeze made sleeping at night no problem. Some of the power outlets and electronics such as TV and speakers did not work but that did not effect our stay since we spent all of our time outside.

The house had lots of board games, and equipment for out door activities such as: kayaks, paddle boards, basketball, volleyball. We enjoyed all of the equipment especially the hammocks and swings on the beach.

The staff was also amazing. They had breakfast cooked for us every morning and then coordinated any other meals we may want throughout the day. Also if we wanted to do any other activities such as island hopping or going in to port Barton, the staff would arrange it and the boat would pick us up from the beach in front of the house.

We did island hopping which was so amazing I won’t even try to put into words. We also spent a little time in Port Barton which has Restaurants, bars, and shops. Port Barton beats out El Nido by far. Big lagoon is the only must see in El Nido. Port Barton gives you an authentic experience. Get there and Experience it before too many people find out about it and stay at Gilligans. You won’t regret it..

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Remote, peaceful, serene, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for your own corner of Paradise, this is it. A very comfortable stay, we were looked after well by the caretakers. Gilligan's is well thought out, clean and lovely. A deserted beach, a flower filled garden, and a house that felt like home. We went in Feb, there were winds and the sea was never as calm as the photo, but it was beautiful nevertheless. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review Anita. It was a pleasure to have you with us.
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Absolutely Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

The hospitality, property and atmosphere was unbelievable. I feel compelled to leave this review in spite of wanting to keep this undiscovered jewel to myself. Thank you to Arnold, Marilyn and all of the great people that we were blessed to meet in Port Barton. Stay here, you will not be disappointed :-) Trev

  • Review Submitted: 29/05/2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Trev......but don't tell anyone else ... it's our secret OK? Thanks for staying with us! Mal
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Absolutely Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Mal, the owner, was very helpful and insightful throughout the whole booking process. He gave a lot of advice, supplied info and answers to questions, and even made very helpful suggestions, in order to make the whole process of booking etc. very easy.

Mal made sure we had the correct info w.r.t. Manila Airport and where we will be required to pass through immigration. He also made sure our grocery shopping was done for us. Thanks

We were picked up at the airport in Puerto Princessa by Abner, who drove us to Port Barton, explaining and giving useful information all along the way. (We used him to take us back the day we departed).

We were greeted friendly by Estrellia and Roger when we arrived at Gilligans. They were very kind and helpful, and assisted us with whatever we needed.

Gilligans. WOW. The white sandy beach, the swimming area, the collecting of shells during low tide, the walks along the beach, paddling across the ocean to Bigaho Falls, and the food made by Estrallia and Roger. All these things made for a memorable vacation. My son, Matthew, and I were very honored when Estrellia invited us to dinner to celebrate her daughter's 14th birthday. Strangers from across the oceans, but treated and respected like family. Thank you!!!!!

The property at Gilligans was right on the beach. Every morning we only had to walk 5 meters and we were on the beach, ready to go and swim and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. All amenities in the house was sufficient, and all we had to do was relax and enjoy our stay.

Asher, our island hopping/snorkeling/dolphin watching/fishing guide, was one of the best guides we have ever had in the Philippines. He was kind, caring, and insightful. He even helped my son Matthew when it came to snorkeling and fishing. On our second island hopping trip, he took us to Exotic Island. We had a fish barbeque for lunch. He supplied us with Unicorn Fish. I thought that was an excellent touch, as we were on Exotic Island eating an Exotic fish. Other boatsmen had tuna fish, a fish that you can find and eat everywhere.

To everyone involved in our vacation and stay at Gilligans, from Mal to all the caretakers and guides, my son and I would just like to say THANK YOU. We appreciated it very much, and we will definitely be back next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dennis, it was a pleasure to have you and your son Matthew stay with us. Thanks for your kind words, and for the way you interacted with our staff. We really enjoy having families stay with us. Our caretakers son Aaron, misses Matthew. I hope we see you again sometime in the future. Regards Mal and the team at Gilligans and Villa Marguerita.
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Great retreat away from everything

  • 5 of 5

Beach villa fully supported by sun panels, water well/raiwater and caretakers - they were really great helping with everything and great cooking! The villa is lovely with the right touches. For example our kids loved playing with the toys that were stored in the living room. Loved the beach bar with amazing sun-sets......

  • Review Submitted: 14/06/2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice comments JW frpm the team at Gilligans.
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Nearest Airport
146 Kilometres
Puerto Princessa
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Beachfront Port Barton ( Nao Nao )

Port Barton is a small town South of San Vicente on the Island of Palawan. Port Barton is a small township located between the Underground River and El Nido. Many of our guests take the Underground River side trip either on their way to, or coming from Port Barton. We can organise transport by van or boat to El Nido and the Underground River. The road trip from Puerto Princessa is a pleasant 2 and a half to 3 hour trip through dozens of small villages and beside the magnificent Palawan coastline. The trip goes quickly and it's well worth the drive.

Port Barton is situated in Paradise.

Our guests have free use of our kayaks and paddle boats, and we have 2 Stand-up Paddle Boards available for use at Gilligans.

There are around 20 nearby islands in the Port Barton area waiting to be explored. Island hopping trips are very popular as are our Beach Barbecue Lunches.

Gilligans is very close to the Bigaho township and waterfalls, and many of our guests have used our kayaks to paddle around to the next bay to walk to the falls. We'd be happy to take you there so you can explore it if you don't have the energy to paddle around. At Gilligans, there's plenty to do, or nothing to do....It's your choice.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Port Barton, Philippines

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Our weekly rate includes an island hopping day trip and beach barbeque lunch for a maximum of 6 persons. For groups above 6 there are extra charges. Ask us for a quote. It is difficult for our caretaker to cater for groups above 6. She will need an assistant.

A deposit of 25% is required to confirm the booking and the balance of rent is required at least 2 weeks prior to arrival. Travelers can deposit directly to our accounts in the Philippines or we accept Paypal or Visa or Mastercard payments through Paypal. There is a 2% surcharge to cover Paypal fees and international money transfers.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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