Ahhhh Island Vibe, my happy place. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this hostel so special but it pretty much bears all the characteristics mentioned at the top of this post that sum up a great backpackers hostel. First of all, the location is unbeatable. Situated on a hill top on the far Eastern corner of J-bay, it over looks the beach and many excellent surf breaks. There is a 180′ panoramic view of the beach from pretty much anywhere you look, and there are also backpackers sitting around on the picnic benches, deck chairs or just lazing on the grass enjoying the sunshine and wicked views. The ‘vibe’ here really is seriously special. The staff are hilarious, super friendly and always willing to help. They seem to know everyone’s name from the minute you arrive and are always happy to grab a beer with you, bring you surfing or to just lounge around and drinks some cold beers.