How Long Are You Staying? A review of Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel
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.