We took an organized trip with the hostel we stayed in panama city (casa areka - very recommended). The trip included 2 nights for 2 adults, transportation and meals (310$). On the island we decided to take a boat tour (10$ each), and an extra night (20$ for each).
The island is beautiful, if you want the island experience this is the place to go. Do not expect much. A room with sand floor (some have wood floor but not all), terrible beds (super soft, woke up with backache every morning), water in the showers only for 2-3 hours in the evening, same food every day (rice and fish).
The host and the stuff are not nice (understatement). But it had nothing to do with us.
We kept to ourselves and were fine with it.
Sunrises and sunsets are epic.
Do not book the tour in advance, you just pay more money for the same tour (everybody going on the same boat). Book it straight from ina.
We planned to spend two nights on Inas Island, but shortened to one. We don't mind at all sleeping in more average places, but the value for money is just not worth it. The organization was so poor that the Island was overbooked, so there were not enough rooms for everyone. We were lucky and got a bed, but not in a private room as booked, but a dorm with moldy mattresses. Snorkeling is average, even if you take a boat trip out. Food is included (rice, pollo, fish, fried bread for breakfast). I don't know if other Islands are prettier and with a more local experience, but this one I would not recommend at all. Prices for the whole experience incl transfer from PCY vary between 165 and 280 Dollar for two nights. So be careful where you book.
I can not say I was disapointed, for I was not expecting luxury. I just want all those who read this to know that there will be no hot water (in fact, sometimes you must wait like an hour even for the simple fresh water to have a quick shower). The room floor is plain sand. There is no electricity at all in the accommodation. The food is rather simple and it is strongly recomended to bring your own food. But the guy there is honest and never promised something he did not deliver. So if you want to know these part of the Caribbean and are short kn money, go. But know this will be far less comfortable than the most basic 2-star budget hotel you've ever been. This is for the service. The island is beautiful, but you can see signs of rubbish in some points.
After staying at Ina's I am having a hard time understanding which this place has so many good reviews. This place is a disaster. The huts do not close or lock. We can actually see through the bamboo so forget privacy. The cabin we stayed in smelled so strong of mould it was hard to breathe. On top of that, we arrived the room to used up bed sheets and pillow cases (the bed was covered in sand). We asked them to give us new bed sheets, which arrived at night fall. We could not sleep all night as there is no ventilation in the room and we woke up multiple time in sweat. Some other habitant of Inas chose to sleep directly on the sand, while other who were promised dorm beds got shortchanged into sleeping outdoor in hammocks (eight people ended up being moved to a deserted island with only hammock, left out to wait to beds to open, and to wait for Ina's people to bring them food.
Another thing we hated was the way the Guna's would find ways to extort money from us every step of the way... At one point, even the cute little children started asking us money to take photos with them.
We were supposed to stay for three night and ended up leaving the San Blas disgusted about one day. Most people who stayed at the same time as us also were leaving, in search of better accommodation. This place is a disaster waiting to happen.
The only upsides I can see is the food was decent enough and the island was picturesque. My only complain would be about their inability to collect and dispose garbage. Garbage is spread-out throughout the island.
Any way, I cannot recommend this place to anyone. I would never go back there.
We stayed two nights at Ina Cabins in a private room in September. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we had the cabin closets to the beach which was basic (sand floor, bed, table, mosquito net) but adequate. On the first day we were taken to Pelican Island in the afternoon (free of charge) for snorkelling and swimming which was good. The next day we just lounged on the beach, reading and swimming. They will organise tours to other islands if you like. The food was decent, we had lobster one night and chicken the other. For guys who eat a lot I would recommend bringing snacks.
Tip: While you can bring your own alcohol, the beers and rum are well priced on the island.