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Gran Kahuna Beach Hostel

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My friend & I were super excited to stay at Gran Kahuna, but wound up being so disappointed... When we first got in the vibe from the girls at the front desk felt off immediately - like we were a total inconvenience to them. In my experience that first impression with the staff can kinda make or break a stay... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights and had a great time, they have a really nice hangout area with sofas which is right by their little beach which also has hammocks and some loungers, they also have a bar serving food. It's very relaxing compared to other hostels im bocas town but not the cheapest for $14 you get a bed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Look at the negative reviews and disregard them, for any issues of dishes, cleanliness, or staff helpfulness are not an accurate depiction of this place. The hostel common spaces and dorms are cleaned daily, mopped dusted, fresh sheets and towels, everything. Sometimes other guests do not do their dishes but that is not the responsibility of management. Monserrat and Alex... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

The hostel has a great location at the island carenera, which is just one minute away by boat from the main party island. The staff is very friendly although unfortunately not present the whole time. The rooms are clean but a bit smelly. The island has a lot of sandflies compared to the main island. Thats probably why a lot... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Arriving in Bocas with Air Panama, the town was busy busy as to expect. This was my first time traveling here. We were taken to a boat taxi by our friend and went to Carenero Island. It was a completely different vibe. I absolutely loved the island and all the people I met in these two weeks. At first we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My boyfriend has been here 4 years in a row and myself 2 years. We won't go anywhere else. Alex and Alejandra have become good friends and make you feel part of the family. Don't underestimate the kitchen here. Alex was cooking while we were there, but no matter who is on, the food is amazing! We ate at the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This hostel is a busy one. Nobody did their own dishes, there were no dishrags, towels, etc to do the dishes. Only 2 pots, neither had handles and no pot holders. There was one fridge which was very small, 50's style that wouldn't hold everyone's food which meant food fell out each time you opened the fridge. Everything in the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

been there twice! Honnestly its only because its a nice location that we had to come back , because besides that its not the greatest, staff don't care about your needs , they are more concentrated to flirt with the guys. Don't even try to book a tours with them either, there is never anyone to help you with anything... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Away from the main town, but only by a $1 boat ride, Gran Kahuna is a clean, lively hostel. I was in a six bed dorm which was fine. Alex the owner is also the cook and his meals come highly recommended! Daniel was also an excellent bar tender. It seems to be a spot for surfers but I don't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Stayed 3 nights and enjoyed the friendly staff, the beach and relaxed atmosphere! Especially the drinks at the bar were excellent! Watch out for sand flies at dawn, Alex (the owner) will give u good advices to avoid the bites! There can be a good Surf in 10-15min walking distance. Rooms are clean and simple.

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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Find your own Paradise!On Isla Carenero, directly located on a beautiful beach lined with palm trees, you will find the Gran Kahuna Beach Hostel. Only a three-minute boat ride from Bocas Town, we provide a lovely beachfront hostel setting offering shared and private rooms. Our aim is to provide travellers with laid-back, quiet, clean and comfortable accommodations with all the best that Bocas has to offer close at hand. This newly-renovated hostel is a tranquil choice for travellers looking to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bocas del Toro. If you came to Bocas del Toro to wake up on the beach, enjoying a relaxed, frienly and welcoming environment, then the Gran Kahuna Beach Hostel is your choice! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gran Kahuna Beach Hostel

Address: Carenero Island | In Front of the Beach, Carenero Island 00420, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Carenero Island
Price Range: $26 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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