Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel



The Review

Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel is one of a handful of good-quality backpacker hostels in Jeffreys Bay, one of the most popular stops on the coastal route across South Africa. The hostels here are among the cheapest and best value in the country. It has a huge beach, great surfing, and some of the best dolphin- and whale-watching in South Africa, particularly during the sardine run in June and July.

The Location

Teetering on a dune overlooking the beach, Island Vibe couldn't be in a better location. It's a minute's walk down to the beach via a garden gate, and it has a panoramic view over the ocean for dolphin- and whale-watching. The hostel is in the southern part of town, about ten minutes' walk into the center.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are around thirty rooms here. It's a large property consisting of the main building and a beach house. Island Vibe has several private rooms and several dorms. You can choose either en suite or with shared bathrooms. The dorms range from four-bed with shared bathroom through six-bed en suite in the beach house, up to twelve-bed with shared bathroom. The latter are the cheapest beds in the place. Everything here is very professionally run and neat and clean. The mattresses are decent, but the duvets are a little thin for the chilly winter nights. Most beds in the smaller dorms have a bedside lamp, table, and power point. In the main house, there are plenty of showers and toilets, all very clean with twenty-four-hour hot water.

Common Spaces

This has long had a reputation for being a bit of a party place for the surfer crowd. When we stayed there, it was virtually empty as it was off-season, but everything is in place for a good time here. In the main house, travelers will find a huge bar, restaurant and TV/sitting room. The bar also has a pool table and table football. There are benches and cushioned sofas spread around, and the TV is a large, flat-screen type, usually with the sound off, though. Food can be ordered at the bar for breakfast and lunch and must be ordered two hours in advance for the set dinner menu.

Outside the bar and restaurant area, there is a big garden with great views over the beach and ocean. There is also a sitting area in the beach house by the shared kitchen and sun loungers at the front overlooking the ocean. Both the main house and the beach house have their own shared kitchen, each has a kettle, toaster, microwave, four- or six-hob cooker, and two fridges. There's just enough cutlery, crockery, pots, and pans for a few people to cook, but if the place is full, it could get tight. Free tea and coffee is available in both kitchens. There is free Wi-Fi, but it is frustratingly erratic and the signal is only really useful around the reception area. Investing in a signal extender surely wouldn't be too much of an investment.


Island Vibe has been catering to the surfer crowd for many years, so has pretty much everything spot on. It's so successful, it now has another hostel in town, and one each in Port Elizabeth and Knysna. It has all the ingredients for being a bit of a party place, but it was nice and quiet for us out of season. It's fantastic value too, as the prices here make it one of the cheapest places to stay in South Africa. They have surf and body boards to rent, along with wetsuits, and offer a wide range of tours and trips. Island Vibe isn't an intimate place by any means, but it's pretty good.
by Londonroad Staff Reviewer
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Front Gate
Sitting Area With TV
Back Garden
Main House Shared Kitchen
12-Bed Mixed Dorm
4-Bed Mixed Dorm
Double Chalet


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel" at 10 Dageraad Street.)


10 Dageraad Street, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
-34.060450, 24.925000 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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91% Guest Reviews

Had a great time. Will come back!
Pros -- direct on the beach. the cabins have great view direct to the ocean. crew is super friendly and helpful (greets to Phil,jelly and Fredd, we miss you). cleanliness is ok (help you with the dishes). the vibe and the people is great! love the chilling lounge. Negative -- wifi is slow (who cares). fridge was broken in the time of our stay, but I think there is already a new one. sometimes the showers are too few (in rush hours).
Age 23, Germany
I stayed at Island vibe in August 2009. The staff is the friendliest in the world and their "traveling barman" concept meant that an aussie and a brazillian were serving the beers at night. The atmosphere was very international and I enjoyed my stay despite the fact that I don't surf.
Great -- wish we stayed longer
This place is brilliant! Great location right on the beach and the bar is great for a few beers at the end of the day. The bar also does good evening meals cheaply, which is a great way to meet people as most people do this.
HI - Jeffreys Bay - Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel is a hostel that has a pub feel to it. It is one of the bigger hostels that is always packed with surfing fanatics, some first-time surfers, and volunteers. It's an easygoing place with mainly a young crowd. It being Jeffreys Bay, the main activity is to surf the waves or go shopping at the factory outlets. If you are looking for cheap Billabong, Roxy, Quicksilver, or O'Neill gear, this is the place to shop until you drop! The Location The hostel is located on the stunning sandy beach, just a short walk from the main street where you can find all the shops. They offer free pickup and dropoff from Intercape and Greyhound buses. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorms are rather big, with bunk beds for approximately ten people. There are no cupboards or lockers and the front door doesn't lock. That being said, it is very unusual for things to be stolen. There are smaller and private rooms and the beach house is the ideal place for a romantic getaway. The bathroom has plenty of washing basins, toilets, and showers with hooks. It lacks the intimacy and privacy of a bathroom you would find in a house, but the facilities are always clean and well maintained. Common Spaces Island Vibe has a spacious kitchen with a small seating area with TV next to it. The main common area is the pub-style restaurant that serves delicious food at very good prices! There are wooden benches, comfy sofas, a pool, and foozball table, and a bar. The bar has a great vibe and this is a real party hostel. Outside on the grass is a big bench where you can have a beer and are bound to meet new people (this space of grass is where the campers also put up their tents). There's plenty of space to dry your wetsuit. There is a locked luggage room and there are two computers with internet at reception. Summary Island Vibe is a young, vibrant hostel that is the ideal outlet to surf. Come here to enjoy what the waves have to offer, to party, and to shop.
Deniz Aydoslu
Amazing location, facilities and staff, shame about clique surf scene
This hostel, the front desk posse, the setting, beach access, and cleanliness will blow your mind. If youre a surfer, the clique scene that extends from the frosty atmosphered bar to the group surfs will not. Not only does it clog the breaks a bit like rush hour at the preferred Point but also serves to exclude surfers who either haven't been living at the hostel for fourteen months or who don't show up with the mandatory dreads, cheap leather necklace, and flimsy traveling philosophy. All in all, an impressive hostel that just needs to figure out if it's a fun place to be or a second home for drop outs who think they deserved a place on the pro-tour.
(British Living in Australia)
Beautiful view
I stayed two nights in dorms. Beds not the most comfortable. Ton of surfers stay here. The beach is at door step. If you're looking for party place, this is good place to be. Walking distance to outlets. Place doesn't look like the pictures provided. Place is clean and has a nice atmosphere. Kitchen is little unorganized, but overall good place to stay.
  Lovely! We stayed in a double en-suite room in the beachhouse and it was the best views that we've ever had, you almost feel like sleeping on the beach. The bar offers a big variety of different foods including a big selection for breakfast. The hostel is surfer's paradise, so we kind of stuck out but this didn't make us feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. Credit cards are accepted and discount for students is available. Although not located in a safe area the hostel's security is very good so that there's no need to worry. And nothing beats a morning walk on the beach.
Judith & Jens
  Stayed in this hostel May of 2005. Pretty much the best hostel I have ever stayed in! Unbelievable views, so clean, easy to find, and a really cool bar. It doesn't seem to be the most social but I was there in the S.A. winter, plus with a friend and not really looking to meet people at that point

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