This hotel occupies a tiny island that's hardly bigger than a basketball court: it must have looked like something from a comic book before locals undertook the construction of five thatched bungalows and an open-air restaurant on either end of it. The island is little more than a swath of pale sand shaded by a dozen coconut palms with hammocks strung between them. The bungalows, perched over the sea, are pretty basic, with two queen beds, cane walls, and tiny bathrooms,
but they have back porches with hammocks and priceless views. You'll be lulled to sleep by the sound of tiny waves washing beneath the floorboards. It's a great place to do nothing, but you can rent snorkeling equipment and tours to nearby islands and the community of Aligandi are included in the rates; lobster, however, is an extra charge. The guide speaks decent English.
Isla Dad Ibe, Achutupo, Panama
Nov 11, 2009
I was in heaven in this hotel, which included three guest huts, a restaurant and a service hut of the gourgeous Island. The place was called Dad Ibe lodge and cost about $85.00/night because it was low season. Here you see: 1) the restaurant and service hut; 2) the murder of our lobsters for dinner (i guess they need to be stabbed before going in the water; 3) the restaurant; 4) sunset at the pier; 5) the bungalows Dad Ibe Lodge was one of the best
little finds on our trip in Panama. The lodge is simple but very clean, in a beautiful location The staff was friendly as could be, helpful and attentive. The place was kept immaculate and the food was good! Our tours were awesome - we saw so many animals,birds and dolphins, . The place is also a steal. The price includes all your meals, tours and roundtrip transportation from Achutupu and Mamitupu Airport.(kids under 12 are practically free considering what you are getting for the price). The lodge is on Kuna Yala reserve, so you get a lot of information and education about the area and the kunas reserve - a great eco-friendly vacation. Trust me - you'll love it here...´Some guest of Uaguinega Resort, they were in Dad Ibe Lodge because Uaguinega dont have beach area, Dad Ibe is a little island but different and very comfortable. Just in case you think we were too fancy on this trip, you should know that the next night in Mulatupu we stayed at a hotel that cost $5 and included a bunch of cots lined up in an open area over a bar/nightclub. I recommend this beautiful island located in Achutupu, Kuna Yala.