Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel
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We left New Zealand, feeling sad after a full-on six weeks, but looking forward to some R&R at our next destination, Hawaii! However, first we had to get there - which involved a flight back to Sydney, then another flight on to Honolulu. Our flight at Sydney was delayed by 3 hours, as they got us all loaded on as as far as the runway before …
..after the 5 days we stayed on Oahu it was time to check out Maui. Melanie and I decided to stay at the Banana Bungalow Hostel in Wailuku since they offer free tours everyday, which was the best option if you didn't want to rent a car. So on our first day we joined the tour to check out the west coast of Maui. First we all got fitted with …
.Drove to Wailuku and stayed at the infamous hostel Banana Bungalow.
We met fellow backpackers from all over the globe. Ryder loved the energy here and the people loved him.
Upon our arrival at Banana Bungalow, we found ourselves amidst some of the friendliest people around..........
Arrived into Maui sometime in the afternoon. Mom was busy trying to carry our 1 suitcase, 2 backpacks, a carseat, and her laptop all while keeping me cool and calm. I was still seriously jet lagged from the Aussie flight and up at 4am to catch our shuttle lack of sleep.
Mom got us on the bus to rent our car in Kapalua. From there we drove, what …
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I was horrified when I first got there at how unkept it was but had to remind myself that I had just spent a year focusing on cleaning .I was also not real comfortable with the coed bathrooms. Once I let go of that it wasn't too bad. Meeting other people like myself made up for the conditions
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As a woman traveling by herself, this hostel provided a means to get out and meet people, however....there are a several things that could be run better. When booking a reservation be careful to document everything and check and recheck your bookings as they say they do not have means to check it. I found this out the hard way. The staff (not including the manager) was courteous, fun and outgoing. The tours were great and included days trips where you saw sights not on a "normal" tour. My favorite was the "Road to Hana," where you can get a huge loaf of banana bread for $4 and walk through a bamboo forest (beautiful!). I didn't rent a car and didn't feel the need to have one as they have shuttles. Just be aware that for the beach shuttle there must be 2 people going or you are not guaranteed a ride back. A cab ride to and from the airport will cost you about $15 if you don't catch the shuttle.When they mention there is a common room for everyone to stay and hang out it is only partly true. Management insists that everyone leave when it's 10 pm ish, which might be good for you or it might not. There were plenty of creepy critters around, be prepared with shower shoes and you might want to bring your own clorox wipes...If I had to do it all over again I would, but I would prefer not to run into the management.
For the adventurous traveller (not "tourist"!) who is more concerned with seeing the real Maui instead of the standard Disneyland version, I could not recommend Banana Bungalow highly enough.
You need car if you stay here...
Wailuku is far removed from the hot spots (except the needle), so you will need a car if you want to enjoy a stay here. The price is very agreeable and the location is okay. Some say that is unsafe at night... I didn't find this to be the case. The bunk-bed room ("TV room") was okay and the shower facility were adequate. The free internet was nice. Hey, Maui is an expensive place, so this was a great deal. Next time I go I will look into camping on the beach though.
Great place, but Don't go out at night.
Banana Bungalow is a great place to stay if you are wanting to save some money. My wife and I had a great private room for only $55 a night. The workers were kind and helpful, and the grounds were very relaxing and well kept with lots of plants and trees and hammocks and daily cleanings of the hot tub. My only complaint is that the hostel is in a shady part of town and walking around at night could get you in trouble. Also, the tours are a great way to see the island on the cheap if you do not want to rent a car. For a hostel in expensive Hawaii, this stay is above average.
I stayed there for 3 nights last week. It is not a star hotel, but the staff always try their best. I opted for a private room. It didn't have a fan, but the lady on duty gave me a portable fan. The area is not cutsy, just not much activity at night. May be somebody who lives in a suburb and always cocoon themselves in a car might find the area scary. As a person who have lived mostly in downtowns, I didn't find the area spooky. We are OK as long as we dont keep valuables visible in the car and lock it. The staff are all young, enthusiastic ones and most of them work and stay there so somebody is always there in the campus to respond to guests' needs. They volunteer as guides on the trips. And, they do their best to help guests. I had a fabulous time on their 12-mile day hike in Haleakala, at the end of which we watched the sunset from the summit . Man, the variety of people I met !!! It was fun.
Very cool place
I stayed at the Banana Bungalow in June 2004 and loved it. I had a privat room and it was clean and roomy. It's a great place to meet wonderful people and I stayed there two full weeks. The tours were great fun. You see the best of Maui and have nice company. I would stay at the Banana Bungalow again.
This hostel is in a bad area. I would strongly advise that you DO NOT rent a car and park it anywhere near the hostel unless you want it broken into or stolen. Instead, take advantage of the airport pick-up and drop-off which the hostel offers free of charge. Another disappointing aspect about the BB is that its rooms have no ceiling fan and it can feel as if you are being baked in an oven. To make matters worse, a couple of rooms are missing window screens which makes the mosquito problem quite serious. If you are planning to get a private room be sure to get the ones located at the corners of the building with windows on opposite walls to let the air circulate. When I stayed there for a few days, my wife and I had to change the beddings because they were dirty and found that our bed was full of white bug powder. Be sure to secure your doors at night because hoodlums in the area tend to gain entry into the BB in hopes of stealing anything. In all fairness, I can say that the BB has a very nice and accommodating staff as well as wonderful tours and a good facilities. The tours, while initially free, are really not. You are expected to tip a certain amount to the guide. If each person is expected to give 5 or 10 bucks then it aint quite free--the BB should just say 10 dollars per person instead of being so coy. That being said, the tours is what makes staying at the BB worthwhile. If you have to have your own car then I would just stay at the Northwind Hostel a few blocks away. It has ceiling fans which really makes all the difference. I kid you not. Plus the distance away from the ghetto makes a huge difference because you just don't want to feel like you and your property are in constant danger.
i visited the banana bungalow back in october of 2003. i loved the hostel. the only bad part about the place is there isnt anything to dry your hands on in the bathroom. and they had a bad BED BUG problem, but luckily it wasnt in my dorm room. other than that this place was way kool. the Tours were great and free (but it looked bad if you didnt give a 5 or 10 dollar tip after the tour was over) but i didnt mind giving a tip. it was well worth it. i met people from all over the world who were staying at the hostel, i sure had a blast!! also the TV show "COPS" was on location down the street and i got to be in it. that was kool too! i am planing on going back there this year for another 3 or 4 week vacation. who knows maybe longer. they really run a good hostel there. staff was accomidating too. VISIT THE BUNGALOW BY ALL MEANS, you wont be disappointed!
The price was definitely what hooked me. I was looking for a clean, decent and safe place to stay. The Hostel staff was friendly and accomodating and the other travelers were so warm. It wasn't in the safest of areas and one night we were awakened to the sound of a terrible fight taking place in the housing projects across the street.
Someone once told me "To experience the world, you need an open mind". From the outset, the Banana Bungalow is an old, rundown Hostel in the middle of a rundown area of Maui. But the longer you stay, the more you begin to love the place. When i first saw the Banana Bungalow "ad" on their website, I thought i had struck gold, what with the free internet, jacuzzi, tours, kitchen..etc and all for $32 a night! When i arrived, i realised that some things are cheap for a reason. The Banana Bungalow has many things which aren't worth cheering about, the place is rundown, the dorms are cramped, the private rooms are dank and the matresses haggered. But there's also much to like! It's gardens are a cool place to relax and enjoy the company of others. There are plenty of private bathrooms. There is free Internet access, 3 Huge Fridges, Kitchen and cutlery, TV, Games, Hammocks...but the best thing? They're the tours, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed them. Everyday they whisk you to a different part of the Island. One day, you're hiking up a volcano, the next, you're on a nude beach in Makena! It gets better when you make friends, add some beers and you can have a magical night under the Maui Stars. Wailuku town may look rundown, and in many respects it is, but it's also a great place! Very friendly, lots of shops and restaurants (esp Tasty Crust). If Luxury is what your after, then look elsewhere. If you're after an inexpensive bed, lots of interesting and friendly people, clean showers and free transport, there's nowehere better on the Island.