A complete guide and overview of the 3 best hostels in Maui, Hawaii for solo travellers and backpackersSo, you’re keen to explore Hawaii and discover the best hostels in Maui. Welcome to the only guide you’re going to need!

Let’s just get this important detail clear first: Maui is the name of an island in Hawaii, not a city or town.

It’s the Hawaiian Island home to a high volcanic peak called Haleakala, plus 30 miles of beaches and beautiful pools and waterfalls. It’s the island to be for water sports!

As for the hostels in Maui? They’re ideal for backpackers, party people and sociable couples.

Your shortcut:

  1. Aloha Surf Hostel – best for backpackers
  2. The Northshore Hostel Maui – ideal for couples
  3. Hakuna Matata Hostel – perfect for female solo travellers

Make sure you have a look at all the best hostels in Hawaii. This guide includes hostels on the Big Island and Honolulu.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

As soon as we discover a 5 star hostel in this part of the world, we’ll let you know! Until then why not head to the USA mainland and discover Deep Ellum Hostel in Dallas.

Here are all 45 best hostels in USA.

What we cover in this article?

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

Quick Introduction to Maui

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Maui cost 34€ – 48€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 70€ up to 125€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

How to travel to Maui on a budget? Simple tips for saving money include travelling there on the off-season, booking a hostel with a communal kitchen, staying in a dorm room and packing snacks for days out. It’s not a cheap destination, so be aware of this!

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Maui

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Maui.

  1. Aloha Surf Hostel (Paia)
  2. The Northshore Hostel (Wailuku)
  3. Hakuna Matata Hostel (Lahaina)

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Aloha Surf Hostel (Paia)

Located on Maui’s North shore in a beautiful place called Paia, Aloha Surf Hostel has done well to create a homely hostel.

This hostel is located right between the two major surf sports – Ho’okipa and Kanaha (kite) beach.

Hands down the best thing about Aloha is the daily free tours to the best destinations on the island. The hostel has its very own 14-seater van, with a minimum sign-up of 4 people.

As there is a tour happening every day of the week, you’ll never miss out!

From beach trips and breathtaking hikes, to historical sights and snorkelling – there’s something for everyone.

What else? How about…

  • Free pancake breakfast
  • Free hot tub
  • Free parking & luggage storage
  • HD TV with cable/movies
  • Outdoor BBQ

If you like to cook, you’ll certainly appreciate the fully stocked kitchen.

Aloha Surf Hostel offers both private and dorm accommodation for the budget-minded traveller. Dorms come with 6-beds, and privates have either two twin beds or one queen bed.

When you’re keen to hang around the hostel you can enjoy ping pong, a pool table and tea/coffee facilities.

Oh and of course, free Wifi!

This is one of the best hostels in Maui for

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travellers
Book Aloha Surf Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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2. The Northshore Hostel Maui (Wailuku)

The Northshore Hostel is a safe, clean and budget accommodation that can accommodate up to 50 guests.

Don’t let the outside of the building fool you – it’s quite different inside with basic, yet cosy rooms and a big common area with attached kitchen.

You’ll soon feel at home once you meet the friendly and genuine staff.

Note: Quiet hours are from 10pm-8am everyday to ensure the best experience for all guests.

Also important to know! There are 22 steps up to the 2nd floor, with no available elevator.

Rooms choices, which all come with shared bathrooms, include:

  • Economy/standard/deluxe queen double
  • Economy/standard triple/quad private
  • Male & female dorms (4-beds)

Whilst there is no A/C in the rooms, there are ceiling fans to help keep you cool. Wifi reaches all the rooms in the hostel.

Some other awesome inclusions are a free breakfast and shuttle service.

Yes that’s right; at certain times of the day the staff run an airport, beach and Iao Valley shuttle. Just make sure you speak with staff and find out at what times these run.

It’s a safe hostel with really great security, including cameras dotted around the property.

Location: In the sleepy village of Wailuku which translates as “water of destruction”. It’s busy by day, quiet by night.

This is one of the best hostels in Maui for

  • Couples
Book The Northshore Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Hakuna Matata Hostel (Lahaina)

Let’s face it, the hostel name caught your attention, right?! Hakuna Matata Maui is an “epic little place” right next to the beach in Lahaina.

To help you really enjoy the surroundings, this hostel offers bicycles, kayaks and beach equipment to enjoy for FREE during your stay!

When it comes to rooms, there are three choices:

  • Twin/double private
  • 4-bed female dorms
  • Mixed dorm rooms

You’ll be happy to know that all of the rooms come with air conditioning!

There are both indoor and outdoor social areas. Play some board games, read a book or simply enjoy the company of other travellers. There’s also a great ocean view from the backyard gardens.

It is actually the location of Hakuna Matata which is the best bit.

It happens to be located on the most popular street full of shops, restaurants and fun activities. The beach is literally 1-minute from the front door.

Note: This hostel suggests an age of 18-35yrs to stay here, though there is no strict rule about this.

This is one of the best hostels in Maui for

  • Female solo travellers
Book Hakuna Matata Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Maui?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget hotels in Maui!

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Maui.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Maui
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

What about Maui Central Hostel in Wailuku? We had a look and we think there are better hostels to consider. It’s an affordable hostel, yet it lacks the social atmosphere and perks of the other hostels mentioned in this guide.

Best Hostels in Maui for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Maui for solo-travellers?

As we’ve already mentioned, we reckon our #1 hostel Aloha Surf Hostel is the best option for solo travellers. In case you missed it, they offer free tours every day of the week. This is a perfect way to meet new people.

For those looking for midday naps and cute hangouts to get lost in a book, we also recommend Tiki Beach Hostel.

The backyard is spacious and peaceful. You’ll be sleeping less than a minute from Lahaina beach, and the inclusive vibe makes it easy to meet people if you want to.

Staff are fantastic and the hostel attracts a wide age range of people.

Book Tiki Beach Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Tiki Beach Hostel is one of the best hostels in Maui, Hawaii

After another relaxed and less social hostel as a solo traveller?

Directly by the beach with an additional garden and terrace, The Lahaina Beach House is a top choice if you want lazy days and homely vibes.

If you’re lucky, there might be a potluck dinner happening during your stay.

It’s one of the hostels that’s designed for various traveller types. Small families, older travellers and surf nuts will feel at home here.

It’s located on Front Street of Lahaina, close to all the major attractions and yummy eateries.

Book Lahaina Beach House here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

Lahaina Beach House is one of the best hostels in Maui, Hawaii

Party Hostels in Maui

Looking to have some fun on the island of Maui? Sure, we understand. Which is why we did our research and found you a fun party hostel to consider.

Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel is the kind of place that likes to entertain from the moment you wake up until you can no longer keep your eyes open.

Yep, start the day with a free pancake breakfast and then sign up to join an awesome free tour. They happen everyday! From whale watching to hiking the Haleakalā Crater.

Add a dash of outdoor jacuzzi in the afternoon and prepare yourself for:

  • Happy Hour every Monday
  • Keg parties on Fridays
  • Beers & BBQ in the garden

Other social activities include beer pong, movie nights and a good old fashioned game of pool. The question is, do you have the energy for what Banana Bungalow has to offer?!

Book Banana Bungalow Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Aloha Surf Hostel: Hostelworld
  2. The Northshore Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Hakuna Matata Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Maui best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Maui. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Maui hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Haleakalā National Park
  • Hana Highway
  • Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii
  • Iao Valley
  • The Pools at ‘Ohe’o
  • Kaanapali Beach

Flights to Maui?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Maui.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over North America and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Maui. Remember this guide if part of a larger guide to the best hostels in Hawaii.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Maui hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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