Hawaii, the 50th US state, is the most remote island chain on the planet. Hawaii has over 120 islands and only seven of the 8 most southerly islands are inhabited and we’ve hostels on 4 of these islands. Why not download our mobile-app to find your perfect hostel in Hawaii on Oahu, Maui, Big Island or Kauai its free! Most international flights arrive on Oahu in Honolulu and fly on to the other islands from there. Each island has it’s own characteristics and traditions so read on to begin your Hawaiian adventure today.
Hostels on Hawaii’s Big Island
Hawaii’s Big Island has 2 airports in Hilo and Kona. You can get from Hilo to the Kona coast by bus but you could also explore Hawaii’s “Big” Island by renting your own car. Hilo is the main town on the island but still retains a sleepy charm with it’s wooden storefronts. It’s located at the foot of Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii’s #1 Tourist Attraction. About 35 minutes drive south east of Hilo is Pahoa. The Pineapple House is located 10 minutes from Pohoiki, the geothermal hot ponds, world class snorkeling, and the black sand beach of Kehena. Kailua Kona is the main hub of the western Kona coast. The Kona coast drives takes over 45 minutes stretching from Kailua-Kona to beyond Kealakekua Bay. Stop along the way for a dip in the calm and clear waters perfect for snorkeling, diving, and to spot dolphins and sea turtles.
Hostels on Oahu
Oahu is known as the ‘gathering place’ and the fact that it’s home to three quarters of the Hawaiian population as well as the favoured destination for four and a half million tourists every year should offer some indication as to how this name came about. The main hub on Oahu is Honolulu and we’ve lots of hostels in Honolulu and nearby Waikiki for some surfing lessons? If surfing is not your thing, there’s also plenty of shops, museum, aquarium and Pearl Harbour to visit. If you’ve prefer to watch the pro-surfers or a bit of a pro yourself, head to the north shore of Oahu. The hub of the north shore is the town of Haleiwa, a very laid back surfing town. Some of the hostels in Haleiwa even offer free airport pick ups.
Hostels on Maui
Maui the second largest island in Hawaii is dubbed the ‘valley isle’ and it’s warm waters are a whale sanctuary during the winter, so keep your eyes peeled. We’ve hostels in Maui along the western coast in the historic town Lahaina where you can and watch the Polynesian traditional dances at one of the seaside luau. Or choose from hostels in the northern town of Wailuku close to Kahului airport and nearby spots famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Make sure you visit Iao Valley State Park the lush tropical valley home to the iconic rock peak the 1200-foot Iao Needle.
Hostels on Kauai
Kauai, regarded as most as the most beautiful of all the islands, is known as the ‘garden isle’. On the north side of Kauai you can spot waterfalls along the green velvet mountains, and the lush valleys in between. The Napali Coast is great for hiking and there is an 11 mile trail across 5 different valleys. But no fear for those who would like a more laid back holiday you can take a boat trip and view the spectacular coastline relaxing from the Pacific. Or you can also take a helicopter trip. The Rivers Edge in Hanalei is a short drive from the Napali coast and 45 mins drive north from Lihue airport.
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