March 13, 2018
720 meters to the beach
|Value for money||7.5|
|Nearest airport||Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)|
|Distance to airport||51.9 km|
"The staff was friendly and helped us organize a trip to the underground river."
April 19, 2017
"Incredible grounds that have obviously been well cared for, in keeping with nature."
January 4, 2018
"This place is amazing!"
December 20, 2017
"The owner was lovely and the staff were generally really hel..."
November 27, 2017
Bambua Nature Cottages and Hostel is situated in Sabang behind a gentle range of hills – just outside the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, with the famous Underground River.
All the facilities at the property are located in an extensive garden landscape, surrounded by the bizarre St. Paul Mountain Chain, by farmland and jungle.
The impressions of Nature here in Bambua are unforgettable. The property invites all nature lovers who are looking for a peaceful and unique place to stay while exploring the astonishing natural beauty of Sabang and the Island of Palawan
"Lovely setup, great people, superb value for money"
August 3, 2018
Children and extra beds
Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.
Minimum age of guests is: 6 year(s).
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Children 6-21 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 22 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
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I just booked the single room, but was offered a bungalow right at the river. Gorgeous view! I can just recommend to get it if it’s available! As we ran out of money because there is no ATM in town the owner and his wife picked up some cash for us which has saved our lives 🙈 Very friendly and caring staff. One of the best places I’ve been to in all my years of travels so far! Highly recommended!!! 🙏
Not the best place we been to on our tour”
Bambua Nature Hostel is not the best place we been to during our trip to PH. I would not go back. For low budget choices there is better options. For high end, you can find reasonable priced places too.
Wonderful experience for those in tune with nature”
My friend and I really enjoyed our stay at Bambua. The owners are very nice and helpful. We couldn't help but laugh at previous reviews of this hotel. Guests are so dramatic. They complain about the many steps to the entrance, the loud jungle noises, and distance from town. We feel the distance from town is what makes this place feel extra removed from the norm. Of course it's loud in the morning, birds chirp, insects hum. Wear earplugs if that kind of noise bothers you. The rooms (at least twin bunk ones) are built very well. White walls to see if you have any bugs on them. The door has cracks and along it's seam which provide an entry for bus/mosquitos but we really didn't see that this was an issue. The grounds are great to explore. Some of the rooms have quite old fans that are loud when they are turned on. Overall we loved this place and the laid back and chill ambiance it had.
We stayed in a room with fan. The location is inside a big garden, which is full of trees, flowers, birds, really a paradise. If you come from Puerto Princesa, tell the van driver to drop you at the path to Bambua. They offered only breakfast (which was good - eggs and toasts with butter), otherwise for dinner (and to buy water) you have to go to the Sabang village. The personal was very helpful in organizing our Undreground river tour (we booked one evening and they got us a place the next morning!), and also a Hundred caves transport by tricycle (although there were some confusions about it at first :-) ). The electricity was from noon to midnight, which was OK for us. The shared showers and toilets were a bit run down. The wi-fi is nonexisting (but you would do best to buy a local SIMcard with data anyway, it is cheap). From the path below Bambua, there is a very nice view on the Saint Paul mountain through some rice fields (water buffalo included :-) ).
Amazing place, amazing staff, i would for sure come again ❤️
i love the place but......”
Really pretty beautiful place but, -staff were rarely arround -no drinking water available to buy or for free -a fair walk from the beach or a shop
Lovely setup, great people, superb value for money
Nice and cosy ”
Nothing to add nice and cosy place where you can relax and take the rest nice views and you have to walk a little bit up.
The owner of the miser, хозяин-жмот и жлоб”
⛔⛔⛔⛔⛔⛔ The hotel has a very beautiful and well-tended territory. In all other respects, the hotel is confidently included in the list of the worst (we were in several hundred hotels). In many respects it is thanks to the German owner with a strange name Andrew. The owner confuses the budget of the hotel and his greed. For extra money in the hotel are towels, toilet paper. From us the owner tried to take money for the child, although the hotel description clearly states that placing children on existing beds is free. The room didn't even have a fan, the bed linen was dirty. The fan was given only after a grand scandal. The hotel has a generator, but the owner only switches on the electricity for a few hours in the evening, eventually the fan does not work anyway, and if you did not have time to charge the phone and went to the toilet at night, then it turns into a show "Staying Alive", as a beautiful terrain at night becomes an obstacle course. The greed of the owner is omnipresent and is reflected even in appearance - the clothes have not been cleaned for several ... months? Отель имеет очень красивую и ухоженную территорию. Во всем остальном отель уверенно входит в список худших (мы были в нескольких сотнях отелей). Во многом это благодаря немецкому хозяину со странным именем Андрюха. Хозяин путает бюджетность отеля и свою жадность. За дополнительные деньги в отеле полотенца, туалетная бумага, с нас хозяин пытался взять деньги за ребенка, хотя в описании отеля ясно написано, что размещение детей на существующих кроватях бесплатно. В комнате не было даже вентилятора, постельное белье грязное. Вентилятор дали только после грандиозного скандала. В отеле есть генератор, но электричество хозяин включает только на несколько часов вечером, в итоге вентилятор все равно не работает, а если вы не успели зарядить телефон и пошли ночью в туалет, то этот поход превращается в шоу "Остаться в живых", так как красивая пересеченная местность ночью становится пол
Less touristy accommodation 10 min walk from the middle of town”
Pros Great value Room had a fan Property incredibly beautiful and peaceful Not 'resorty' like the other properties in the main area Had a very cute cat on site Cons Not very well lit around the property, it would be good if the paths and restaurant area were more lit No toilet paper in the toilets Shared toilets are 'rustic' there was no shower head
Beautiful and natural! Incredible grounds that have obviously been well cared for, in keeping with nature. We arrived late (after dark) and the staff was incredibly helpful with getting us settled. We rented the apartment because there were 3 of us. It's open air and yes, it was hot and humid, but it's what we expected. The rooms were huge, especially the bathroom. We had our own balcony. The beds have mosquito netting, which is great! Upon waking up, the view was amazing! The owner got us tickets to the Subterranean River Tour which was amazing (be prepared, you WILL get wet)! Breakfast was simple but good and very inexpensive. We loved all the birds and animals. We are birders so we were in love with the extensive natural view/grounds and saw Olive Backed Sunbird and Palawan Hornbills among many others. We also saw frogs, snails, butterflies and a tuko (huge gecko). The only drawback was the lack of AC or fan in the apartment. Otherwise it was fantastic!!
Wonderful jungle experience ”
This place is amazing! I was 5 days a guest and enjoyed this great jungle place so much. Great and peaceful nature! beautiful trees and flowers, if you are lucky, you can see the jungle animals like beautiful birds, butterflies, geckos, even monkeys or big lizards. You can enjoy great philipino cuisine and there are great possibilities to go around with the owner of Bambua to make amazing tours close to Bambua, there is so much to see around! The beautiful beach is just a 15 minutes walk away! Nature lovers will love this place! Totally recommend this place for a longer stay!
The best accomodation on Palawan”
This was amazing, I didn't expect something so good. Perfect place just behind the city or rather village where it's quiet and closely connected with nature. Price value ratio is just perfect. A lot of things to do around and staff is really kind to help you plan your trip. I highly recommand this place!
A beautiful hidden gem in Sabang - must stay!”
My friend and I loved this place and wished we had stayed longer than one night. The owner was lovely and the staff were generally really helpful. We had dinner here and the food was some of the best I had in the Philippines. There is no wifi in this area and not much to do in the evening - but it adds to the tranquility of it all. A couple of things to note - it gets very dark very quick, so if you do leave the premises, take a flash light - we weren't warned about this and on our way back from visiting the town it got dark very quickly. If we didn't have our phone flash light, it would have been absolutely impossible (and dangerous)to make it back to the hotel in one piece! I think they should print a set out 'helpful information' sheets in all the rooms and provide a flash light for use. We didn't realise there was so much more to do in Sabang then just the underground river - so if you're planning on visiting Sabang, definitely do some research into the other activities on offer.
quiet and cosy”
We loved the location, beautiful view of the country side. It's a 10/15 min walk to the town centre. We were in the family room and loved it. Breakfast was ok. The reception was a little cold. They made us feel like we were intruders.
Great value accomodation!”
Bambua exceeded expectation for me. Though it was basic there was so much character to the property and is set back away from Sabang town in a lovely garden retreat set up. It was peaceful at night, very low key family run set up which we liked and also only a 15 minute walk from the beach. Highly recommend a stay in Sabang - visit the underground caves first thing in the morning and spend the afternoon on its beautiful, scenic beach (which is practically deserted after the hoards of tourists who purely come for the underground river head off in their coaches in the afternoon).
Loved staying in the rain forest!”
The owners were so helpful by giving us rides into town, and giving us great info. Even sorted out our ticket to the Underground river for free so we were the first ones out and beat the rush. They were renovating when we came. But it is located on a lovely lot of land.
welcome to the jungle”
Fantastic basic place. Feel like Tarzan and Jane in the Jungle. André and his family make your stay pleasant. His wife is a wonderful Cook, the children the best guides. They show you the way in Sabang; the best beaches to go, where to find find the monkeys and lizards. They also arrange your transfer to the airport and the tour to the underground river. Forget about Sheridan; visit Bamboa! If you are a Real adventurist: go with André on his Jungletour. He used to live with the natives in Sabang so knows his way around. A place we will never forget. ..
Good Accommodation on a Budget”
I like that I have to walk a little bit to get to the cottages. Bambua is near the Underground River pier/booking area and along the main road but with wide/long vacant space leading to the reception area/cottages. You will pass by verdant rice fields on the left, see the nice view of a mountain on the right, and you have to climb a short flight of stairs. The cottages are surrounded with trees and you can hear the sounds made by cicadas and birds frequenting the area. My friend and I booked a double decker bed, with no aircon, for a very good price. Sabang has no electric utility servicing the whole town. All houses/units rely on their own generators. We did not feel uncomfortable as it was cool in the area, and there was an electric fan and lights on from 4:00 P.M. until 12 midnight. I guess one can request for electric service extension for a fee. We did not need such. As we booked a room with shared bathroom, you have to get out of the cottage to get to the toilet, which may bother some. But for the price, I don't really mind. In addition, I got to see the big bats on the tall trees along the property the time that I have to leave our room during night time. I love nature so I like Bambua. Bring a flashlight and your own toiletries as they do not provide soap, toilet paper, toothbrush, etc. I always bring these items whenever I travel so it is not inconvenient for me. The couple-owner, including their kid, and their helpers were very friendly, hospitable and helpful. I will recommend this accommodation for nature-lovers and for those who would like to travel on a budget.
Amazing stay in the middle of the nature!”
The place is exceptional and will provide you with a unique travel experience. You will stay in the middle of the nature and feel the real "vibe" of Sabang. The room itself was pretty basic but lovely and authentic at the same time. The staff was overwhelming friendly and caring, it really felt like home after some hours. I would recommend this accommodation to anybody who is looking for a truely unique and genuine travel experience. You will not regret it!
Bambua Nature Cottages and Hostel