Dad Ibe Kuna Yala Lodge – San Blas, Panama

I believe that everything happens for a reason and it was destiny for me to stay at Dad Ibe Lodge.

I was so lucky to spend my nights at Dad Ibe Lodge while in San Blas.  I like to travel alone but it’s not always easy.  Many hotels and tour companies will not cater to a party of one.  Dad Ibe Lodge was the fourth place I called after being turned down by three other lodges who were not willing to accommodate an individual. What a great experience I had while there.

I was met warmly at the airport by the two boat operators who promptly whisked me off the plane and loaded me into the boat.  Five minutes later we were pulling up at Dad Ibe Island where I was greeted warmly by the entire staff of five.  The island is tiny.  I wear a child size shoe and it took less then 100 steps to walk across the widest part of the island!

The rooms are rustic but cozy.  Three cabanas built right over the water with palm roofs and stunning views make up the entire property.  Each cabana has it’s own bathroom and freshwater shower.  Towels and liquid soap are provided.   There is a hammock on the lanai that swings over the Caribbean.  Don’t worry about getting to hot as the ocean breezes keep the rooms cool and even downright chilly in the evening.  The beds are relatively comfy and the pillows  are fluffy.  At night for a few hours there is a generator that runs so you can charge cameras, etc.

Three meals a day are provided at Dad Ibe and they are quite tasty.  Breakfast consisted of a combination of  pancakes, tortillas, ham, cheese, fruits, coffee and tea.  Lunch and dinner was usually fish or shrimp saute with rice or veggies.  Lunch and dinner always came with a small salad, a desert and a bottle of water.  Additional water and beverages are available for purchase for a small fee.  If you are a vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions Dad Ibe will try to accommodate you but if you’re a picky eater this may not be the place for you.  The meals are good, fresh and substantial but if you are a big eater, pack your own snacks.

Your stay at Dad Ibe includes two tours a day.  From visiting traditional Kuna communities and islands, burial sites to hiking, snorkeling, fishing swimming and sunning there are plenty of things to do.  Take advantage of these tours as they are the best way to really experience all that San Blas has to offer.  Your tour guides are knowledgeable and willing to share information.  You’ll be in good, safe hands.

Dad Ibe was amazing.  I had a great time, was well taken care of and truly had an amazing time on the island and off.  Osiris (the owners daughter I believe) helped me with my reservation and even took care of my flight reservations from Albrook Airport to Achutupo.

Click through the gallery below to see what life is like at Dad Ibe Lodge and make sure to visit their website at http://www.dadibelodge.net/ to see more photos, details and rates.