Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites
791 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, Canada

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A bright and cheery four-floored veteran that packs its hostel-loving travelers into rooms of all shapes and sizes. Boosted by its truly friendly atmosphere, this a good option if you like rubbing shoulders with fellow travelers and being within walking distance of the city's highlights.
Lonely Planet BC & Yukon Travel Guide, 4th Ed.

Centrally located in downtown Victoria, Ocean Island has a wide array of rooms to suit your budget and lifestyle. You can choose from comfortable 4 or 6 bed dorms to private rooms in all shapes and sizes. With easy access to public transit, ferries, and the airport, we're a great home base for exploring Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island.

Looking for privacy? Our mini room option offers the budget conscious traveler a unique solution to Victoria's pricey hotel room market. In a very compact space we offer all the benefits of a private room- privacy, a comfortable bed, your own mini fridge- at a fraction of the cost of a regular hotel room. Not your style? Unwind in one of our spacious, peaceful private rooms with ensuite bathrooms instead.

Our fully renovated 1891 heritage building is full of art and life and colour! We have a large, vibrant communal dining area and kitchen. But if you don't feel like cooking, our licensed Ocean Island Cafe Lounge is open daily, serving up healthy fusion-style food at ridiculously cheap prices.

Ocean Island Amenities:
Free Wi-Fi
24 hour internet access
23 shared bathrooms
Rooms with ensuite bathrooms
Fridge in every room
24 hour Front Desk / no curfew
Fully equipped shared kitchen
Laundry facilities
Discounts on local attractions
Free secure bike and bag storage
Discounted parking
Fax and Copying services
Payphones on every floor
Bed Linen included in price
Free use of Hair Dryers/Straighteners and Irons
Our very own guide to Victoria so you can enjoy the city like a local.
And the best $5.95 breakfast deal in town!

We get you great discounts on
Whale watching, kayaking, sailing and diving
Car and bike rental
Admission to museums and clubs
And much, much more!

Come see why we're consistently rated one of the best hostels in BC!


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine


Victoria is easily reached by air or ferry from Vancouver, Seattle and various other points in Canada & USA.

*FROM SWARTZ BAY FERRY TERMINAL: Take the # 70 city bus. Get off at the Pandora and Douglas St. intersection. Walk one block east on Pandora to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE VICTORIA TRAVEL INFOCENTER: Walk north on Government St. to Pandora Ave., turn right and go two blocks east to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE BUS STATION: Walk north on Douglas St. to Pandora Ave, turn right and walk one block east to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE INNER HARBOUR FERRIES (PORT ANGELES, BELLINGHAM AND SEATTLE): Walk three blocks east on Belleville St, turn left on Douglas St., walk north to Pandora Ave, turn right and walk east to Blanshard St.

*FROM THE AIRPORT: Take the Akal airport bus directly to the hostel ($18 one way) OR take the shuttle bus to the #70 to the Pandora and Douglas St. intersection. Walk one block east on Pandora Ave to Blanshard St.

There is also a convenient bus-ferry-bus package from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver Airport (Pacific Coach Lines approx. $45 one way) to downtown Victoria.


*FROM SWARTZ BAY FERRY TERMINAL AND AIRPORT: Take Highway 17 (Blanshard St.) to Pandora Ave.

*FROM NANAIMO: Take Highway 1 (Douglas St.) to Cormorant St. Turn left and go one block to Blanshard St. Turn right and we're at the intersection of Pandora and Blanshard.

*FROM SOOKE AND PORT RENFREW: Take Highway 14 to Highway 17 (Blanshard St.) Follow Highway 17 to the corner of Pandora Ave, Blanshard St.