Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
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Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel

59-788 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-9420
Traveller (181)
cabin #8 interior 2006 typical
Room & Suite (57)
stingray in ocean
Pool & Beach (3)

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3.0
#2 of 2 hostels in Haleiwa
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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2.3 of 5 bubbles
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
Budget accommodation and hostel
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Wifi
Beach
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Snorkelling
Self-serve laundry
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Safe
Kitchenette
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HOTEL CLASS
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1.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Ocean View

Location

59-788 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-9420
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 75 out of 100
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Honolulu Intl Airport
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Crystal wrote a review Dec 2023
Los Angeles, California133 contributions117 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A budget stay in Hawaii is unheard of but here, that’s what you get. And in a killer location! Loads of options from dorm beds to small private rooms to entire cottages. We stayed in a private room with 4 beds and had access to the communal kitchen and living area. Kitchen was equipped and clean, living area wasn’t used. Check-in was easy even coming in after hours but if you are afraid of the dark or don’t know how to read maps, don’t do that.

Location: across the street from 3 Tables Beach. Not the most gentle waters, but if you’re a good swimmer, a phenomenal place to swim and see cool sea life. Less than a 5 minute walk away, the very calm Shark’s Cove for snorkeling and wading. No need to swim, you can stand with the fishes haha.
And a 5 minute walk from a grocery store for restocking on POG juice!

Bonus: they lend you umbrellas, chairs, snorkel equipment, you name it!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Check in during open hours. Staff provides a map for guests to use but in the dark, the maps are...
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debbie5131 wrote a review Mar 2020
Edmonton, Canada61 contributions32 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This type of accommodation was different for me, but I really wanted this location. The bedroom was small but clean. We enjoyed visiting with the other guests. Our cabin had four private bedrooms with one bathroom. The cabin had a huge deck that was great for listening to the ocean waves. One negative was that the cabin developed an unpleasant smell when it rained. I was also surprised at how busy the road was between the cabin and ocean was.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dotty_588576 wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions11 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Our cabin was across the street from the beach and we stayed for 4 nights. The only good thing was the location (1 block from grocery store, Three Tables Beach and food trucks). The cabin was superficially clean but the shower was gross (wear your flip flops) and there was a big layer of dust/dirt and dirt on the windows, lamps, top of fridge, under beds and the lower kitchen cupboards had what looked like mouse poop. I don't think the place had been deep cleaned in a year! The biggest burner on the electric stove was broken which made cooking more difficult for a family. For the price ($230/night) we thought it could've been more updated, clean and comfortable and wouldn't stay again.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Pakal03 wrote a review Apr 2022
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The owner is a mean woman. They don't allow you to stay for long under the argument that they don't want people to move to Hawaii. One of the guys at the main reception told me that the hostel is for the use of young travelers not for older people. The place is one of the only hostels in the área so there aren't too many choices. The location is nice and I met some nice travelers, but the beds are very uncomfortable and it's kind of like camping. In general, you could crash there for a night or two but wouln't recommend any longer. I wish the administration was less ignorant.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Marcus Ashe wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom9 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently stayed in the newly renovated cabin 9 in the ‘village’ at Backpackers Hostel. I’ve claimed it as my second home and I hope no one has mistreated it since. The hostel is a 5 second walk from 3 tables beach and 5 minutes from the famous Waimea beach. This place is a surfers paradise and as a lad from London who can’t surf to save his life, it’s a paradise for anyone. I made great friends with all the staff and would recommend this place to anyone visiting Oahu/ Hawaii. I planned to stay for 3 night but ended up staying for 12 and that’s credit to the friends I made, the staff, the amazing location and my second home- cabin 9.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ana S wrote a review May 2023
United Kingdom1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Worst experience ever in a Hostel. Me and my friend booked 2 night and when we arrive to cabin we decided to leave it immediately and book another place even with the extra costs. I couldn’t never sleep in a place like that. The cabins are dirty and the kitchen is old and not in good conditions. There are huge gaps in the cabin wood so we saw lots of geckos inside the cabin. There are mosquitoes as well. We only stayed 30min and I got bitten 3 times. If you are looking for a relaxing, clean and friendly environment with the minimum human conditions to stay over night please don’t book this hostel. And the reception office closes at 5pm, no assistance provided after that time.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alana S wrote a review Feb 2020
Perth, Australia47 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 5 nights, 1am check in and 4.30am checkout, no problems! Clean room (backpacker shabby-chic) we stayed across the road from the reception/main building so our balcony was right at the beach. Loved hearing the waves from bed. Didn't enjoy the roosters so much lol! Would look to stay here if we ever get back to Oahu
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Tina L wrote a review Oct 2023
11 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for two weeks, time went too fast, great friendly staff, great view & sound of the surf. Surf was great, some days snorkel with the turtles & beautiful fish, other days enjoy the surf, perfect mix, drinks on the verandah watching the smashing surf & roar of the ocean.
Off street parking
Close, walk to shops
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Laura C wrote a review May 2022
23 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Immaculate, large room in the Beach House was worth paying extra for. Balcony overlooked fantastic coral reef for snorkeling - besides swimming. Full kitchen was unexpected amenity. Lovely hand painted wall murals and windows on three sides. Never needed fans. Gorgeous Waimea Valley park is nearby for botanical garden and waterfall walk. The neighborhood is quiet. I give it five stars because the website description was honest and it delivered everything it promised. Some people may not like that the decor is outdated, but I absolutely loved it. Cleanliness is what counts for me. The people in the office were wonderful to deal with. Even loaned us flippers for snorkeling.
The hostel has different living situations. We stayed in a private room with a private kitchen and bathroom. I can’t review the areas that had shared amenities.
Extra info: if you want shops and restaurants, Haleiwa is nearby. We recommend the Beach House restaurant in Haleiwa.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: If you can afford the private room, splurge! It’s worth it!
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Robert W wrote a review Dec 2023
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An ahhhmazing place to stay! For a great real Hawaiian, north shore experience, stay here. Incredible! Now, if you want puff and fluff, move on. I recommend to rent the back house, rent the whole 3rd floor! OMG!, I’m smiling as I write this. Yes, Gecos are in n the house, it’s open, soooo what! Walk to best beaches, food trucks, snorkeling etc. It’s clean, hot water, great water pressure. I’ll go back!
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Go for it!
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PaulineC asked a question Feb 2017
Wollongong, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
Does your backpackers Vacation Inn have a swimming pool
Answer from SharLyn F
Haleiwa, Hawaii
Aloha sorry no just the ocean
Flor G asked a question Nov 2017
Gijon, Spain7 contributions2 helpful votes
hay que llevar ropa de cama?
Crystal wrote a tip Dec 2023
Los Angeles, California133 contributions117 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check in during open hours. Staff provides a map for guests to use but in the dark, the maps are hard to follow."
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Robert W wrote a tip Dec 2023
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go for it!"
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Laura C wrote a tip May 2022
23 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you can afford the private room, splurge! It’s worth it!"
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Genevax wrote a tip Aug 2021
El Cajon, California162 contributions170 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wear flipflops in the room, bring beach towels and any amenities (soap, etc.) you would expect from a std resort/hotel. This is bare bones."
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Celine Ewbank wrote a tip Apr 2019
5 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Private rooms is better to have the caban with see wiew and private kitchen :)"
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PRICE RANGE
$81 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
backpackers vacation inn and plantation village hotel haleiwa
LOCATION
United StatesHawaiiOahuHaleiwa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Waimea Bay (0.7 km), Shark's Cove (0.4 km), and Waimea Valley (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and self serve laundry.
Is parking available at Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Foodland, Aji Limo Truck, and Pupukea Grill.
Are there any historical sites close to Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Waimea Valley (0.8 km), Waimea Waterfall (2.6 km), and Waialua Court House (7.8 km).