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Ocean Island Inn

791 Pandora Avenue


Centrally located in downtown Victoria, Ocean Island has a wide array of rooms to suit your budget and lifestyle. You can choose from comfortable hostel-style dorm beds and pods 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!

• We serve up a delicious free dinner every evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy two options each night, such as Indian-style curried lentils over rice and sundried tomato pasta.
• Breakfast is served from 7 am - 10 am and breakfast tickets can be bought at the front desk for $6.

We offer many services & amenities, including:
• Free dinner served each night
• Breakfast served each morning, available for $6
• Free 24 hour hot drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate, and a tea
• Free wifi everywhere
• Great downtown location
• 24-hour friendly front desk
• Fully licensed lounge
• Fully equipped shared kitchen
• (Limited) paid parking available
• Laundry facilities, $5 wash & dry
• Private movie/chillout room
• Discounts on tours & attractions
• Insider travel information
• Individual renovated bathrooms
• Common areas
• Historic character building
• Secure bag & bike storage

We get you great discounts on whale watching, kayaking, sailing, diving, car and bike rentals, admission to museums and clubs, and much, much more!


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Cafe
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Ironing board
  • Jobs Board
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Utensils
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine



Traveler Reviews

“Great hostel when travelling on a budget”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on August 28, 2022

This was my first time travelling alone and staying in a hostel and I really enjoyed my stay! The room was great and the shared bathrooms were all in good condition. There were quite a few on each...

“Sold me on hostels.”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on August 25, 2022

I got a private room with en-suite bathroom for safety reasons. As a visibly queer person, safety is one of my main concerns when traveling, and one of the primary reasons I’ve shied away from...

“Young at heart - complimentary beer and food”

Rating: 4 Reviewed on July 18, 2022

This is a hostel, not the Hilton. We are in our 50’s, opted for a private room and we’re made to feel welcome. The bed and room were basic but it’s a hostel. We didn’t realise when we booked that...


Driving from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal:

Take Highway 17 (Blanshard St) to Pandora Ave. (About a 45 minute drive, depending on traffic.)

Busing from Victoria Airport:

Take the YYJ Airport Shuttle bus directly to the hostel, please see http://www.yyjairportshuttle.com/ for fares & reservations. or take either the #86 Deep Cover/McTavish Exchange or the #88 Airport/Sidney bus to the McTavish Exchange in North Saanich.
Hop on the #72 Swartz Bay or the #70x Swartz Bay Express to the Victoria City Hall, near the corner of Douglas and Pandora – you’ll find yourself one block away from the hostel!

Walking from the Capital City Bus Station

Walk north on Douglas St to Pandora Ave.
Turn right and walk one block east to Blanshard St. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk.


General Cancellation:

We have a 1-day cancellation policy. This means that you must let us know before 18:00 (6pm) the day before your arrival if you need to cancel, otherwise you will be charged for one night.

If you reserved a Queen Room for more then 7 nights, or Garden Suite for more than 3 nights, a 14 day cancellation policy applies and a 50% deposit is required. Our office staff will contact you within 24 hours regarding the deposit.

Group Cancellation Policy:

If you let us know by 6pm 14 days prior to your date of arrival, we will give you a full refund. There are no refunds if a cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to your date of arrival.

For more information about Group Bookings, please visit our Groups page.

No-Show Policy:

If you do not arrive by the latest check-in time that you have given us, your reservation will be cancelled and your credit card will be charged for one night’s stay.You can call us any time to change your latest check-in time if you think that you are going to arrive later.

Early Check Out Policy:

Once you have checked in, there are no refunds for early checkouts. If you decide to shorten your stay, you may still do so, but we won't be able to provde you with a refund for any remaining nights.