Palawan Island: Sheebang Hostel and Judy’s Restro Bar
Get There: 118 Libis Road, Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesca. A tricycle from either the bus terminal or the airport will cost you less than 100PHP.
Cost: Dormitories are 250PHP
Free Breaky: No, but the breakfast menu is reasonably hobo-friendly
Free WiFi: Yes
This is a super chilled out space – picture having a frothy one in the garden bar with Jack Johnson playing in the background. Sheebang has only been recently opened, and includes Judy’s Restro Bar, which produces some incredible grub (western and local). The staff are amazing and will pretty much do anything for you, including sitting at the bar and joining in on a few beverages. Bless the lady’s little cotton socks for performing first aid on my (most likely diseased) foot.
Puerto Princesca is either used by tourists as a place to stay overnight before their flight the next day or to catch some z’s before the bus to El Nido. Sheebang makes reason to stay an extra night and indulge in some street food or pretend to shop at the markets. They can arrange tours, such as of the underground cave, or help you book your next flight. Unlike many of the cheap hostels and guest houses in the Philippines, the dorms have air-conditioning and an abundance of power plugs. I’m an enthusiast when it comes to facilities, and these guys are up to dicks in useful stuff. I think I even saw a stripper’s pole in the middle of the garden. How’s that for well equipped?