Travel on a Budget with Hostels in Kauai

Look no further than the east shore town of Kapaa if you are searching for laid-back hostels in Kauai to rest your head when the sun has set on the Garden Island. Hostels in Kauai are quite relaxed and are there to support the traveler who is planning to have a fully engaged but reasonably priced stay on the island. Both the hostels in Kauai are set in the heart of Kapaa town; steps away from the ocean, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and are located very close to bus stops that can shuttle adventurous travelers all around the island and back. Considered a central location, Kapaa and the hostels in Kauai are an excellent jumping off point for everything you hope to gain from a vacation to Kauai.

Both hostels in Kauai offer similar perks based on their location, blocks away from each other in Kapaa, but there are some distinctions to help you make your decision on where to stay:

The Kauai Beach Hostel is located directly on the blue lagoon, overlooking a maintained, grass covered, coconut tree park that turns directly into the beach. Amenities at this location include multiple ocean view lanais, fully equipped open-air kitchen with fridges and gas bbq, free wifi, several entertainment areas to meet fellow travelers and is located near a hike/bike trail that runs 10 miles round trip on the ocean. Other freebies include, parking, locked luggage storage, lockers, book exchange and a “free table” where travelers leave donations of sunscreen, goggles, slippers and other treasures. Quiet hours begin here at 10pm.  

Honu`ea International Hostel is located right in lively, old-town Kapaa just a block from the ocean and includes a lush garden lanai, fully equipped indoor kitchen with fridges and storage, and is across the street from a popular locally owned food store. Each of the dorms and rooms here have a separate bathroom, 6 in total! Excellent freebies here include wifi, parking, cards, book exchange, snorkeling gear, kayaks, body boards and towels. Quiet hours at this hostel begin at 9pm and run till 8am for optimum recharge between your daily adventures!

Activities directly in the Kapaa area make these two hostels in Kauai an easy choice for any traveler to choose to stay while on the island. Craft fairs, farmers markets and first Saturday festivities are within short walking distance, so you can meet locals and visitors alike. Proximity hiking trails like Nounou mountain, river kayaking on the Wailua and bike/walking paths provide stunning views and sun soaked opportunities to enjoy this unique island. Grocery stores, venues with live music, well stocked mini-marts, laundry facilities and beach activity rental shops are all nearby make staying in hostels in Kauai a convenient, groovy and smart way to start off your exploration and relaxation on the garden island!


For more travel tips and creative, economical ways to tread lightly on Kauai, check out our Travel Tips section!


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Emma Cornish Jacobsen

Emma Cornish Jacobsen is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni of Malama Kauai, who served the North and East sides of Kauai Island developing local food and agriculture programs, and educating youth. Strong family ties to the island inspired her to move to Kauai to continue her grandparents legacy of giving back to the island community through sustainable service. Emma holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she focused on Environmental Writing and Literature. She hopes that her writing will encourage visitors to seek out community building experiences and local food while they explore Kauai.

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