Welcome to your detailed guide for Oahu hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Oahu, USA. Compare prices for Oahu hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
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 Oahu, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Party hostels in Oahu
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Most Oahu hostels are located in
Honolulu, Haleiwa, Waikiki Beach
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Oahu? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Oahu alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Oahu. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
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 Oahu. To help you make friends with Oahu before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Oahu, properly spelled O’ahu, is affectionately called "The Gathering Place" by locals. The third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands (and home to the state's capital, Honolulu), it is also one of the most densely populated areas throughout the whole of the Hawaiian archipelago. Roughly divided into regions -- the City, the Town, the North Shore, the Windward Side, the East Side, and the Valley -- Oahu is a great place to vacation in Hawaii (if you’re planning on staying here, there are several options for hostels in Oahu with differing atmospheres and settings). Not only is the island rich in history and culture, but it is also a hotbed of life with the right mix of down-to-earth local fun and wonderful "high-life" style parties that appeal to more affluent tourists.
The island's many notable historical places, such as Pearl Harbor, make it a prime tourist destination. Here you can pay tribute to the victims of the 1941 bombing and also learn about its early history as a naval and aerial base, and be witness to the history of World War II aviation. If you’re more daring, you can even take an open-cockpit flight and see things from up high. For those who want the full immersion, boarding a period combat submarine is also up for grabs!
Visitors also come to see its rich natural wonders, which are typically comprised of volcanic formations, rocky outcrops, verdant fields, and small inlets of water that are interlinked with the vast ocean. Oahu is home to a peak -- Mount Ka’ala, a mountain rising to the highest point of the whole island, more than four thousand feet -- found in the Wai’anae Range.
Oahu is also home to a diverse range of ethnicities, ranging from native inhabitants, pure descendants, intermixed descendants, and settlers all of which refer to themselves as locals, regardless of their ancestry or place of origin (as is customary in the whole of the Hawaiian islands), as a nod to unity in the light of diversity and the openness of the islands to welcome all peoples to its collective embrace. Known as the original seat of aboriginal Hawaiian aristocracy, it was once ruled by the earliest kings of Hawaii.
Haleiwa, on the island of Oahu, is a great place to surf, swim, or just relax on the beach. Adventurous travelers can take an air tour on a small aircraft, skydive, or hang glide over the ocean. Walking tours that showcase the waterfalls and gardens and horseback-riding tours through the tropical rainforest are a couple of other ways to explore the area.
The many beaches in Haleiwa offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Waialua Bay is excellent for scuba diving while Shark’s Cove is best for snorkeling and diving. There is a scenic swimming hole in front of the waterfall at Waimea Falls and tons of surf schools along the shores. In the winter, surfing competitions are held on the North Shore beaches, where the waves can be as high as thirty feet. Whale-watchers will also enjoy the winter months. The temperatures in Haleiwa are moderate even in the summer and winter, but there are many rainy days throughout the year.
Hostels in Haleiwa are located on or near the beach and there are several from which to choose. The hostels offer dorm rooms, private rooms, and tents (tents and larger dorms are the least expensive options). Haleiwa hostel amenities can include bike and surfboard rentals, snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, and gyms.
There are many restaurants along the Kamehameha Highway; local cuisine consists of Hawaiian dishes such as Kalula pig, poke (a type of raw fish), pipikaula (similar to smoked beef or jerky), haupia (a coconut milk pudding), saimin (a type of soup with noodles), and mahimahi.
Written by local enthusiast for Oahu hostels Angelica Burrage
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Oahu. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Oahu. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Oahu costs on average $40 for a dorm. A hostel in Oahu with private rooms costs on average $127.
Hostelz.com shows all 10 Hostels in Oahu. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging is the best hostel in Oahu for families.
Hostelling International Honolulu is the best hostel in Oahu for groups.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 10 hostels in Oahu, USA.
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 Oahu. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Oahu. 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!
This is such a special place even though it is a tourist place. I loved being just a few steps away from the beach and people were very friendly. Buy everything you need from one of the many ABC stores that pop up everywhere. Do go on some of the tours. Have fun.
A solo traveler
Oahu is great because there is so much to do, and most spots are not more than an hour or two away from Waikiki (if that is where you are staying). I recommend staying away from there as it is so busy, but each to their own. Kailua is beautiful and quaint. Everyone should go to Hanauma Bay at least once -- the snorkeling is fantastic! And the North shore is very quaint and beautiful (this is where you will see expert surfers, waves are massive here). I'm going back to Oahu for my fourth time, and plan on returning to this wonderful island as many times as I possibly can!
Oahu is a beautiful Island. Many beautiful places to stay. But I stress that you should venture out of Waikiki. Haleiwa and the North Shore are the places to be. Such a wonderful part of the Island even if you are not a surfer. Book accommodation early though on the North Shore if you intend to go December through to February. So many travellers I've spoken to only do Honolulu and this is not what I believe Hawaii is about. East Coast is great too. Have fun.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Oahu 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.