Hostels in Maui, USA

Hold on, finding you the best prices right now...


Get to know Maui (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Maui. To help you make friends with Maui before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Anyone who has been to Maui knows that there is more to the Polynesian archipelago than Blue Hawaii. The beautiful island of Maui is a must-see for anyone visiting the Hawaiian Islands, whether you're looking for a hostel for a weekend or a week!

The most-traveled entry city to the island is Kahului, site of the prominent airport and home to the island’s largest urban center. This area is perhaps the best place to station your hostel, as all that the island has to offer is merely a drive away, and likely contains the cheapest rates.

From there, you can take the "Road to Hana" -- the luscious route along the northern shore to the eastern town of Hana -- or pack your rucksack for an unforgettable day’s hike in Haleakala National Park, a UNESCO-designated International Biosphere Reserve. Soak up rays in one of the almost unquantifiable solitaire beaches decorated along Maui’s beautiful coast, or overlook the western side of the island to land’s end from West Maui Forest Reserve. No one says that Hawaii has to be only for the wealthy! If you do find yourself on the western side of the island, do not forget to stop by the Lahaina Fish Company for a savory dinner overlooking the setting Pacific sun, with Lanai in the distance.

With many of Hawaii’s majestic natural forest reserves, the small island of Maui deserves close attention to detail, with a refined regard to ecological beauty. In very few places will you find more genuine kindheartedness than in the locals of Maui. Across the island and particularly in Hana, the Mahalo spirit shines brighter than the tropical sun.

FAQ about Maui Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Maui. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Maui. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Maui costs on average $62 for a dorm. A hostel in Maui with private rooms costs on average $132. shows all 5 Hostels in Maui. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 5 hostels in Maui, USA.

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Maui.

Your Packing List for Maui

Your Packing List for Maui

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Maui and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Maui Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Maui, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$62 Average dorm price
$132 Average private room price
$52 Cheapest hostel in Maui
The Northshore Hostel Maui is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Maui
Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel is the best rated
Most Maui hostels are located in
Wailuku, Lahaina, Paia
8.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Big Island (154 Km / 96 mi.)
Honolulu (175 Km / 109 mi.)
Oahu (191 Km / 119 mi.)

Travel Tips for Maui - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Maui. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Maui. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

Have a ticket to ride home, as being a resident here is not like being a tourist. It is a horrible economy over here for everyone. So if you don't have any money don't come or you will be in the opposite of paradise.


Being a resident here is certainly different than being a tourist. Especially now with the global recession. Better make sure you have that ticket to ride home or you are going to be down in out in Hawaii.


They are sick of the invasion of poor mainlanders, not just whites. Go there only if you have money, and you can stay in a hotel.

JJ maui

The racial tension is also from the white folks too. I did live in Maui, and I am not Caucasian, I am Asian, but raised culturally by Caucasians. I speak perfect English. The first time I lived there, I was constantly being yelled at, called a stupid Hawaiian. I do suggest if you are traveling to Maui, that you do not be a belligerent, obnoxious person, as there is only one road in Maui, and a lot of jungle. Hitchhiking is definitely not even for the boys. The worst thing about Maui is that it has the highest concentration of wealthly drug dealers, and not too many other rich legitimate people live, as it also is an easy escape out of the country.


It's a wonderful place but in the six months I spent there, I met a lot of crazy people. So keep in mind that people are not all nice and friendly -- and don't believe everything they say, even if they have been staying on the island for a while.


I was one of many people who visited Maui on vacation and promptly decided I wanted to move there. The reality of living in Hawaii is very different from a vacation experience. Beneath the surface of "aloha -- paradise," Hawaii is a very racially-tense environment with extreme poverty and a lot of social problems. It is not an extension of mainland U.S., but rather, an occupied third-world Polynesian island. Cost of living is extremely high due to the lack of economic development -- many people run away to Hawaii to escape the consumer economy of urban U.S.A. Just be aware that a successful experience in Hawaii depends on you having enough money to sustain yourself comfortably while you're there and a plane ticket home. The worst case scenario is if you arrive there with little resources and then end up stranded. Odds are you will not be able to get employment and will certainly struggle to break into the very tight local community which is extremely resentful of American occupation and tourism. You can learn a lot about sustainable living, organic farming, and living in community if you stay in one of the many communes located in the rainy districts of any of the islands, however, you are likely to be surrounded by hippie drifters who are always stoned and don't have their lives together -- there are unfortunately, a lot of broke, lost people drifting around looking for something in Hawaii. Don't be naive traveling in Hawaii -- it is not what it appears on the surface. Keep smart and stay out of the impoverished areas, and most of all -- make sure you have a plane ticket home. I started in Wailuku on Maui, then Paia, then in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii for two years, scrambling my way through work-trade, physical labor, and maid jobs -- it was an extremely difficult place to live, the racism against whites was excruciating to cope with, the lack of physical safety as a woman, and the lack of support to be able to have a simple life -- and I have a masters university degree! My advice to everyone is to go to Hawaii and stay in a hotel and enjoy the tourist spots and then go home. Don't move there, don't go naively wandering into impoverished areas, and for heaven's sakes -- don't end up stranded there with no direction!


Hitchhiking on Maui is the best. You can go from one end to the other with no problem. People are cool. There are some dangerous parts, but that is anywhere you go. Be free and full of aloha and no worries.


Hey. I had a great experience doing "work trade" on Maui. I found it very fair and a great way to stay on the island longer and inexpensively. I would reccomend it to any traveler planning on staying on the island for a month or more. Maui like anywhere has its problems. But never in the 5 months that I was there did I feel unsafe, and I found hitchhiking a great way to get around the island and meet cool people. I definetly recommend MAUI! You will have an excellent time and meet great people.


Maui comments only. Don't discuss the hostels here, post a review on the hostel's page instead.

Unlock your Hostel Account to Freedom!

Unlock your Hostel Account to Freedom!

Sign up with and get access to exclusive hostel content and much more.

Do you already have an account? Login
Home Wishlists Login