Maui: Banana Bungalow
Get There: 310 N Market St, Wailuku, HI 96793. From Kahului airport, a taxi is $25, otherwise hitch-hiking is pretty easy though illegal.
Cost: 39USD for a four- bed mixed dorm
Free Breaky: No
Free WiFi: No
Before arriving at Banana Bungalow, reviews had boasted that hostel employees were so lax that passing out in the hallway at 4am was not remotely frowned upon, and possibly even encouraged. This set our expectations pretty high. Initially we were disappointed, as when we called up to cash in on the free shuttle bus the hostel receptionist told as in her Irish drawl that she “couldn’t be fucked really” and we should get a taxi. $20 later we were driving at the lazy Hawaiian speed of 20mph closing in the hostel. The taxi driver pointed out the closest “beach”, a concrete bordered port where two tourists had met their fate with some unfriendly sharks in just the last week. When we arrived at the hostel, things started looking up where the Irish lass warmed up to us and gave us the grand tour. Perks included free pancake batter for breakfast, a designated weed den out the back, a steaming jacuzzi and the promise of a party that night with free Bud (unfortunately meaning the beer). Whilst the beds were pretty pricey the hostel arranged tours everyday with heaps of adventurous shit to do on the island. They conveniently started at 11ish each day to allow a satisfactory sleep in and recovery. Tours scheduled are usually –
- Monday: Ioa Valley hike and fresh water stream swimming
- Tuesday: Hana trip
- Wednesday: West Maui and Lahaina
- Thursday: Turtle Tour at Sugar Beach and $7 Mai Tai stop of Lifes A Beach Bar
- Friday: Pa’ia Tour or Whale-watching (seasonal and costs $27)
- Saturday: Haleakala Volcano
- Sunday: Makena Beach
Nightlife in the area was really sparse, so most guests elect to get loose in the common area, where the 10:30pm quiet time curfew is rarely imposed due to the fact that the hostel staff comprise >50% of the partiers.