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“IslandVibe JBay - Awesome time” 5 of 5 stars
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Island Vibe Backpackers
4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   10 Dageraad Street, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“IslandVibe JBay - Awesome time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was most certainly the best time I`ve had in South Africa.
Rooms were clean, staff was very friendly (helping in bookings and getting us on local tours), there is a great bar and the hotel is literally at the beach.
Great vibe in this place... I was meant to be here for one night and ended up staying three.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Backpackers, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Hi Ivan! We are so glad we made your stay in South Africa a memorable one! Please come and visit us again soon!
Cheers,
Island Vibe
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Stayed here for two nights with a group of volunteers, wish we had stayed longer!
The rooms were clean, great view of the beach right on our doorstep. The bar was fantastic and had great atmosphere on both nights, and the pizzas were great! Would definitely recommend Island Vibe!

Room Tip: 4 person rooms have beach views; 6 person rooms do not.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Backpackers, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Good day, Josh!

We wish you had stayed longer too! See you soon for another visit we hope.

kind regards,
Island Vibe
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Kimberley, South Africa
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8 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I made use of a double room in the beach house section. Upon arrival one of the staff members takes you on a quick tour of the facilities- something all backpackers should do! Lovely views from the beach house balcony. The bar has a great vibe and massive parties. Great food from the kitchen, whether on budget or not!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We loved our stay at Island Vibe, as it had everything we needed and was a great base for the surfing and horse-riding we wanted to do. The staff are really friendly and have so much character (Freddy in particular was a bit of a legend...), and we had a great surf lesson at the surf-school based at the hostel. Our room was basic but we liked it as it was just a stone's throw from the beach. There was a great buzz of people and activity at the hostel, so it's a great place to meet people.They also give out discount vouchers for the Billabong factory shop, which is a bonus! There are plenty of good restaurant nearby, but they have great food at the bar as well. The free computer and internet access was handy, and the fact that they do wetsuit and surf-board hire from the hostel is wicked. One of the only real downsides would be if you're looking for somewhere peaceful...it can be pretty noisy when the partiers get going!

Room Tip: The surf-shacks looked really cool and had a good sea-view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is a beautifull hostel, right at the beach. We had a double room with private bathroom, very nice! Secure parking behind the gate. They have a communual kitchen so you can cook you own food, but they also serve a diner in the evening, but sign up in time! They also have a bar with tv and wifi. Good vibe in Island Vibe hostel. Great place to stay.

Activities: off course you can do the surfing, but I can also definately recommend the horseriding on the beach, which they organise (a short drive from the hostel) Horses are well trained, and galoping on the long beach and riding through the white sanddunes was amazing!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I keep on coming back to Island Vibe: The location is unbeatable, the staff are fantastic and I always have a great time. Its backpacking at its best, and it always puts you straight into the holiday mode! Highly recommended!

Room Tip: The Beach House is awesome!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

After staying at the Island Vibe in Port Elizabeth, I decided to try the one in J Bay and it was wonderful.

The hostel is literally on the dunes and reaching the beach is just a matter of walking down them and through a gate. The staff was lovely and very helpful and with the language school down the road and some long term volunteers as guests there was always some one interesting to talk to.

I had a private room with ensuite bathroom that opened up to a patio overlooking the ocean and it was lovely. Not a ton of privacy and it could get loud with the bar, but that's the kind of place it is so if you are looking for someplace quiet I would recommend going elsewhere. But the bar on site was very convenient as it meant you didn't really need to go anywhere to have a good time in the evening. In fact, a fair number of locals came up to the bar at the backpackers both nights.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 Dageraad Street, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Jeffreys Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Jeffreys Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Island Vibe Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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