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Ailigandi - Achutupu | Kuna Yala, Panama   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Very relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

We arrived by a small 6 seat airplane a wonderful way to start our experience. We proceeded by boat( very rustic) to our island , the trip by boat takes about 20 min . The island consists of 3 cabins and a main house for eating . The island is no bigger than a football field. Our guide Rey was amazing! We do not speak any Spanish but he carried around his dictionary and was very good at communicating. We went snorkelling, river tour and a tour of the kuna Indians island, all very good. The kuna island was very humbling. Mostly huts with dirt floors and most had out houses over the ocean. The people are very friendly and always smiling.

The only negative I have about the trip is the huts could be kept up a bit, the bathrooms are run down and a net a night would be nice. Some beach towels would of made it more comfortable as we were given one towel for three days. The food was just ok, I wasn't expecting 5 star but I thought we might have some fruit and vegetables but in 3 days we had none. Our first morning meal was a hot dog and fried bananas ummmm not what I expected.

Bring flashlight, book, crib board and own snorkel gear.

Overall a wonderful relaxing three day adventure !

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I read some of the opinions and it seems the owners are never there on the island to fix things or at least put some more money to improve the place.
I just spent two nights and i knew to where i was going. The idea was to disconnect from everything so the commodities were basic. Rey the guide worked really hard to give us the best service he could. He taught us a lot about the Kunas and tried to give a pleasant staying. We had light at night and the toilet worked. There were some problems with the shower as it came kind of salty but Rey fixed the situation as he could. It seems the owners need to invest money on this place so to make it a more comfortable place. Im saying this because we paid a LOT of money for a hut that did not worth it. You ( owners)can make such a great place to stay! The food was ok we had fish, arepas and sea food but we only had bananas for dessert...everyday. We thought we were going to have lots of fruit.
As the rooms are opened the beds should have nets.
About the cleaning part. Yes there was this island which was really dirty full of cans everywhere and it is supposed to be "the" beach around the place. Unfortunately the garbage comes from the Kuna people and if they dont learn about cleanliness, there will be no paradise in a near future.

Congratulations to Rey's outstanding job as a guide.


Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We spent 3 nights there and left totally relaxed. This is the perfect relaxing getaway - but be clear on what kind of accommodations you are expecting - no room service, no hot water, no internet (unfortunately cell service has now found this corner of the world), intermittant electricity - just simple, rustic and beautiful Kuna Lodge.

Showers are cool - but it truly does not matter. We spent the day in bathing suits and the nights in shorts and tops. We did not dry our hair or use make-up. Refreshing.
The meals are fresh food - with similar meals to the locals and that makes for a special experience. The portion sizes are probably perfect, although certainly not what is served in a typical American restaurant.

We loved our time at this lodge.

Our guide Reinaldo and other Kuna people we met were very helpful and sweet. We enjoyed the birdwatching and the daily guided tours, but this is mostly a place to just relax and get away from it all. Bring a book or some playing cards and you will be good to go.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

SOOOOOO RELAXING and the people at Dad Ibe are marvelous and so generous. They even let me borrow a canoe to paddle to the nearby islands! Our guide Rei and his group of people at Dad Ibe will try to make your stay as memorable as possible. Don't forget to brush up on your Spanish! Also, don't expect anything but the barest of essentials on this little island - you are here to get back to nature and unplug from your daily life. You may or may not have electricity for a few hours at night, but you can see the stars and hear the waves of the sea lap under your hut. No mosquitos, but plenty of tiny things may try to nibble at you at night. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and genuinely miss Rei and all the others at Dad Ibe!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were initially planning a honeymoon in Costa Rica and looking for an indigenous lodge when we came across Dad Ibe Lodge website. Thus Panama became part of our trip. Out of all the kuna lodges we found, this one was miles ahead in our view, in that it is owned by a Real indigenous Kuna Family and it is incredibly remote.

The excitement of our trip started with the flight in the tiny light aircraft of Air Panama. As time went on, the logging areas dissipated, the roads ended and all we could see below was a huge expanse of the rainforest, winding rivers and the occasional small settlement of thatched roof houses, each complete with muddy airstrip.

We arrived in the blazing heat, onto the little airstrip.

We travelled on by boat to Dad Ibe Lodge The scenery was just beautiful, as was Dad Ibe. Our cabana was nice-

Food was good Other than our personable and knowledgeable guide Rey.

We had a magical canoe trip where we drifted down the Ailigandi river with the current and saw more birds than ever imagined; and a sloth hanging from a tree. We finished up by swimming in the river.

On a trek in the forest, we heard - but didn't see- some type of wild boar .

The Kuna´s we met were extremely wise and super organised. It was such a pleasure to meet them and to hear their stories, it gave us a lot to think about. Someone staying at the same time as us wished to see the Shaman and we felt very fortunate to have spent time with such a intelligent and compassionate man. Thank you to everyone at Dad Ibe

Room Tip: Bring books, flashlight, towels.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Branson, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

If you are looking for a relaxing place to get away and also experience some of the indigenous Kuna Yala culture, this is the place to go. Its difficult to fully describe the experience but I will say that the service was always friendly and thoughtful, the setting was always laid back, and there was adequate structure and free time to really experience a vacation.
A place where tourism industry doesn't have a chance to spoil the experience. It's just pure nature and very welcoming local indian community.


Everyone who worked there really wanted to make you happy! The daily excursions were fun. The community trip was the best! It was very humbling. The natural pool were beautiful. The only bad part was the trash that washed up everywhere. The lodge really tried to keep on top of it though

Totally relaxing! Didn't miss contact from the outside world at all. The staff was terrific! It was interesting to talk with the staff as they were all Kuna and lived in the nearby Kuna community

Room Tip: Bring a beach towel, a book, and a flash light (it gets dark once the sun sets at 6pm).
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

A relaxing and comfortable Rustic lodge, very good value for money. There are no radios/televisions/computers. It is a wonderful place to escape all of our day-to-day communications. I went by myself and felt totally safe.

Must be a adventure seeker those looking for five star resort this is not for you.
Bring books, cards, activities - you will love to rest in the hammocks and feel like time stands still.
It was great getting to know his story and learning from him about the Kuna Yala culture and the San Blas area. Getting there is a little rugged. If you prefer the unadventurous consistency of Sheraton hotels, then this will not be your cup of tea.

But if you like the idea of escaping the modern world for a while, then this is something truly special you need to see with your own eyes.

The island was lovely and the sound of the waves breaking under our cabana was soothing.
Only recommendation: bring your own beach towels and Snacks.
This little getaway trip will not disappoint!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ailigandi - Achutupu | Kuna Yala, Panama
Location: Panama > Guna Yala Region > San Blas Islands
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Specialty Lodging in San Blas Islands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dad Ibe Lodge is located in a private island. Owned and operated by a Kuna Indigenous Family. ... more   less 
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Dad Ibe Hotel San Blas Islands

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