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Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites


Ocean Island has something for everyone, from budget dorms and mini-private rooms to hotel-style rooms and private garden suites at our second location.

Dorms $22-30; Private $30-95; Suites $73-142/night. Weekly and monthly rates available.

“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.

  • Free wireless internet
  • Free bag & bicycle storage
  • Free linens
Royal BC Museum
China Town
Craigdarroch Castle
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Inner Harbour
Victoria Bug Zoo
Miniature World
Pacific Undersea Gardens
Market Square
Butchart Gardens
Beacon Hill Park
Whale Watching

From Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal and Victoria Airport

1. Take Highway 17 (Blanshard St) to Pandora Ave. (About a 45 minute drive, depending on traffic.)
2. Google Driving Directions from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Bus from the Victoria Airport

  1. Take the Akal airport bus directly to the hostel, please see www.victoriaairportshuttle.com for fares & reservations.


  1. Take the #83 Sidney Via Airport bus to the Royal Oak Exchange (approx. 40min). The #83 only runs eight times a day on weekdays and three times a day on weekends so be sure to check the schedule here before your departure. Be sure to ask for a transfer slip.
  2. At the Royal Oak Exchange, transfer to the #30 or #31 north bound and get off at the corner of Douglas and Pandora (approx 1/2hr). Walk 1 block east on Pandora to the corner of Pandora and Blanshard.

From the Victoria Bus Station

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

From the Inner Harbour Ferries (Port Angeles, Bellingham and Seattle)

  • Walk three blocks east on Belleville St (towards the Legislative Buildings)
  • Turn left on Douglas St.
  • Walk north to Pandora Ave.
  • Turn right and walk east to Blanshard St. It’s about a 25 minute walk.
  • Google Driving Directions

From Vancouver
Pacific Coach Lines Bus (PCL)

  • Takes you from the Pacific Central Bus Station (1150 Station Street, right beside the Main Street Skytrain station) in downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria via the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay BC Ferries route, or you can get on and off at various stages along the way.
  • The whole trip takes about 4 hours.
  • They’ve got lots of room for luggage on the bus (though you should probably call the company if you have more than two suitcases)
  • See Fares & Schedules here: www.pacificcoach.com
  • Contact: (604) 662-7575 or 1-800-661-1725, call center is open 7:00am – 7:00pm Daily
  • E-mail: info@pacificcoach.com

Skytrain / Public Transit

  • Take the Canada Line Skytrain from Waterfront Skytrain Station (601 West Cordova Street) to Bridgeport Station (25 minutes). Make sure to buy a ticket for 3 zones and keep it for transfering. Then walk down to the bus stops to Bay 3 and take bus #620 north to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal (40 minutes). For Fares and Directions please see the BC Transit Vancouver web site or call TransLink at:  604-953-3333. It takes about 1hour to get to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal from downtown Vancouver.
  • BC Ferries Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route takes passengers and vehicles several times a day. Ferries leave at least every odd hour on the hour. Check the BC Ferries web site for schedules, extra sailings and fares. The ferry takes about 1hr 35min to cross.
  • Get the “#70 Swartz Bay/Downtown” city bus from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal to downtown Victoria. Schedules & fares are available on the BC Transit Victoria web site It takes about 1hr – 1hr 30min to get downtown from the terminal.
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Discounts on local attractions
  • Free WiFi in all rooms
  • Free bike & bag storage
  • In-house Cafe Lounge
  • Private Rooms
  • Modern Laundry facilities
  • Internet terminals
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Fully equipped shared kitchen
  • Fridge in every room
  • Parking available

Reservations & Contact Info

791 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1N9
Reception open 24 hours

Tel: 1-888-888-4180 / 250-385-1788
Web: www.oceanisland.com
Email: info@oceanisland.com

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