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Peter K wrote a review Jun 2019
6 contributions13 helpful votes
Great place to escape from your daily hustle, very easy going and relaxing. Excellent place for relax, swim and enjoy the blue warm water. Enjoy a tastefull fresh fish lunch and you realy feel you are in paradise.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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berni507 wrote a review Jan 2019
Panama City, Panama122 contributions13 helpful votes
yes the place is GORGEOUS. it's worth to see that once in a life. but the huts are basic: ok for a night or 2. the price is quite something but all acceptable huts are! She did then swift to a catamaran sailboat an did find confort and access to remote places. I would say do both: 1 night in kuanidup and then 3 nights on a saiboat. That what Nativa tours id arrange for us and I thank them! ps: the trip by road to go is quite long and tyring, but the trip back by plane was AMAZING !
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Alan L wrote a review Jan 2018
Denver, Colorado33 contributions29 helpful votes
Perhaps the worst vacation for 2 days we have done in 50 years of traveling 8-10 weeks/ yr. Food was adequate in taste, but small portions and no seconds on anything. Beds were awful and u get rained on in bed when it rains hard. Staff was very unhelpful. We were never given info on the tours until the 2nd day when someone showed up and said we needed to leave in 15 min. U have to carry water in a bucket to flush ur toilet. Water was unavailable at times. All sitting areas were on hard wood seats, very uncomfortable. The 45 minute boat ride to and from the mainland was such that they gave u plastic tarps, torn in parts, and even with that, we got soaked both ways. Only good things were the Beach was pretty and Snorkeling was adequate. And we only wanted to stay for 2 days but we were told there was a 3 day minimum, yet when we were there, there were a few people with 1 or 2 day reservations, so they ripped us off. I would tell everyone to NEVER GO THERE!
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lukas P wrote a review Nov 2017
9 contributions7 helpful votes
I went to san blas islands in january of this year. I stayed 2 nights on this cabins and was pretty good. you pay for a the night and also the 3 basic meals. the only thing is that you have to be carefully with the palm trees and their coconuts when the wind is strong
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Maria A wrote a review May 2016
5 contributions1 helpful vote
It was an adventure. Huts aren't waterproof, it rained all night my next to bed was all wet thankfully I just had drops into my feet then managed to sleep sideways but still some water came through and everything was humid. I should of prepared for rain too evendough the day was beautiful but not the next day that was pouring rain. Food is good but, I think we should get more worth for 90usd a night... Bathrooms: no water you just had to use containers to carry water into the toilet, wash your teeth @ a risk and don't know about shower I didn't even try. The ride to a nearby island "Perro" included in the price was OK, make sure to take your own snorkeling kit. People were nice and had the boat all prepared so the rain wont soak you and your things wet. I suggest to stay just for the day but then again the ride back to Panama City is risky as there is no electricity in a big part.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Room Tip: Spending the night? select the 1st hut right to left. it has waterproof ceiling.
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mingle2 wrote a review Apr 2016
Dallas, Texas65 contributions35 helpful votes
First, this really is basic camping on an island. The huts are not wind, sound or rain proof. The floors are sand (and it will be in your bed), and you might have to ask for a lantern if you don't have a light. The bathrooms are disturbing at first (the owners don't tell you that you need to pour water in the toilets to flush them), but you get used to it. Try to shower when no one else is, so that you can get some water. The meals are basic, but better than we expected (seafood or chicken). Just think about where you are, and the infrastructure challenges and you will realize that the Kuna are doing the best they can. That said, the location is spectacular! Our kids spent most of their time playing in the water and snorkeling (bring your own gear), while we swayed in hammocks. There was a breeze, so no mosquito problem. We took the included boat ride to another island to explore and see starfish. The boats were primitive, but the engines were good and they gave us life jackets. Just be prepared to get wet with spray. All in, we are glad we went, 24 hours was the perfect amount of time, but it's not a comfortable, luxurious excursion - it's an adventure.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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crozzaHome wrote a review Mar 2016
home14 contributions7 helpful votes
The place is absolutely lovely and it warrants a visit. The staff is friendly and helpful. However i would not stay here for more than 1 night . We stayed for 2 and felt the costs of $90/person/day was excessive and it did not match the servoce provided: 1) bedding: matresses are very old and piled on top of even older foam in the hope to provide more support (they don't). bedsheets were washed but can't tell they were clean (bring your own). Pillows are similarly ill suited for a good night sleep. 2) bathrooms: 3 were open and available, for an island with a capacity of 30 guests. 3) food: simple and good amounts, but nothing exceptional it included a serving of proteins (fried fish, fried chicken, grilled fish, camarones stew), rice and a little lettuce/tomato/salad. We learnt that you can get transportation to/from the mainland for 20/person and meals for about 10/person, brkf for 5/person , hence the cost of 90/day appears to be probably 30% more expensive that it should be. However, if you go for one night, then it is definetely worth putting up w/it.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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EnricoNovelli wrote a review Mar 2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania180 contributions102 helpful votes
Summary: rustic and primitive, yet pricey stay in a stunning Caribbean island belonging to one of the most interesting indigenous cultures of Central America. Definitely a must for any visit to Panama, but only for a couple of nights. Details: Travel: be ready for a long trip from Panama City. We had a scheduled pick up time at 5:30 am, but the Toyota SUV came at 6:15 with two more guests who had been circling around the city since 5 am. We also stopped somewhere in town to drop off another passenger before going to Kuna Yala. The whole trip, including the boat trip section was about 5 hours. I believe there are airstrips not far from the island if you prefer that option, but the ride in the Kuna Yala territory was scenic and you would not want to miss it. Natural setting: The island is beautiful, with a clean, white sandy beach, transparent water, palm trees and the view of many other islands in all directions. It is very small, less than a football field in size. There is one net for beach volley and several hammocks. There is a communal table on a porch perched on the sea where all meals are served. It is a stunning tropical setting. Hosts: there are 4-5 Kuna men on the island at all times who handle everything from cooking to cleaning, to arranging transportation. They speak Spanish besides their native language. They will be glad to talk to you about their culture and socialize if you are interested but otherwise they keep to themselves. We enjoyed their company. Cabanas and restrooms: The 12 cabanas have sand floors and thatched roofs partly covered with tarp but raindrops still come through if it rains heavily. There are foam mattresses over wooden frames and primitive tables made of wooden boards. The cabanas are very close to each other on two rows at one end of the island and it may be an issue if you have noisy neighbors. The restrooms are smelly, have no hot water, toilets flushed by pouring buckets of sea water, on and off artificial lighting and are dark at night. In comparison campground restrooms look fancy. I can imagine that if all 12 cabanas are booked (as it happens at times), the tiny island can become overcrowded. Meals: food was tasty and overall portions were reasonable but not abundant so if you are used to large portions or to having extra you will be hungry. There is no snacking between meals. A typical meal is rice with fish or mariscos and salad, all served in a plate and one (1) slice of fruit. Mineral water is free and there is no need to bring it. Breakfast includes one (1) egg, a couple of slices of bread or one (1) pancake, one (1) slice of cheese and one (1) slice of fruit. Coffee and hot water for tea are available all day. Excursions: one excursion was to nearby Estrellas Island for snorkeling. Apart from a lot of starfish, as the name implies, there was no particularly exciting snorkeling and no reefs, but the island was beautiful, with a lot of vegetation. Another excursion was to one of the Kuna Yala island villages. We found it to be interesting. We visited a school, the hospital and the rooms where the community congregates to resolve disputes or discuss urgent issues. Bring cash if you are planning to buy local crafts, as they will be offered to you and to tip the guide who will escort you around the village. He speaks English and Spanish and answered our questions about the education system, the governance of the island (how the chiefs are elected) and more. The basic living conditions in the village are a stark contrast to the skyscrapers of Panama City, with most inhabitants living in thatched roof huts with poor sanitation. We felt privileged to get an opportunity to have such a close up contact with the Kuna culture. Costs: we paid $50/person for the round trip from Panama City to the Kuna Yala port. We paid $90/person/night for the boat trip, room and board on the island. This also includes one excursion/day. In addition, you need to budget for $20/person to pay for the entry fee to the Kuna Yala territory. Also bring small change to pay for the port fee ($2/person) and fees to enter the islands that need to be paid to the island chiefs ($2-4/person). Also bring extra cash for the visit to the village (see above). Overall we felt that $90/person was pricey for the spartan/rustic setting.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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APiedi71 wrote a review Feb 2016
New York City, New York39 contributions24 helpful votes
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We went there thinking about spending a few days for a nice relaxing close-to-nature retreat. We even thought it would be refreshing to do it Robinson Crusoe style. Unfortunately, we clashed with the sad reality that the Kuna family that runs Kuanidup is basically only after money and cares very little about people enjoying their stay. We had purchased a 'package' that included transport from the airport and back, full meals, fresh water showers and a cute hut on the beach with a comfy 'matrimonial' bed. I won't be long, but basically, we had to fight every inch of the way to get what we paid for and not get charged for absurd extras. The 'taxi' that was supposed to get - just us - directly there from the airport, first made a trip to Panama City (some 15km the other way) to drop some other passenger to then pick up another 2 and finally drive us (2 more hours away after having added 2 gratuitous hours to an altready very long trip) to the dock. On the way back, he also wanted us to wait 'maybe one or two more hours' to get other passengers. (We ended up ditching him and paying for another transport). On the island, meals were meager (seriously, at some $90/night for a hut on a beach, a couple of more spoonfuls of rice don't seem like we are trying to cheat you out of your food), for 2 days out of 3 we had no fresh water to shower with, and after numerous complaints, they only managed to get some from a nearby river, that was basically very liquid mud. Also, the hut would have been nice, on the beach as expected, but absolutely not waterproof. It rained 2 nights out of the 3 we were there, and so the both of us and our 'non-matrimonial' bed (there were 2 single ones side by side), got rained on. Quite substantially. (End of August in the caribbean can do that. That's why they should maintain their normally waterproof huts a little better). Also, the place was full of garbage. Literally, everywhere on the island. (And we are talking about an island the size of a small football field). On the up side, the third day we left (fighting again about the difference in transportation price from point A to point B that were pretty much the same distance but somehow required double the price) and went to another island called Wissidub (pronouced Wichidooob), where the people were nice, where we didn't have to fight for prices, where the huts (on a much nicer beach I may add) were waterproof, food was plentiful and fresh water was clear and normally available.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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MK-worldwide wrote a review Jan 2016
23 contributions17 helpful votes
What a place. This is what you think of when you picture yourself in a secluded island in the middle of the Caribbean. White sand, crystal clear pool-like water, hammocks, friendly staff, clean bungalow (sand floor) with relatively comfortable beds. My only tip is to know what to expect. This is not a 4-star hotel, but it is more than enough for a perfect and romantic holiday. The only reason we didn't it give 5 stars is the restroom and showers. We felt that the restroom and showers should have been separated, since this might create a queue (luckily for us it was only half occupied).
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Room Tip: All rooms are equally good. We personally liked the ones further from the dining area and the...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kuanidup
Which popular attractions are close to Kuanidup?
Nearby attractions include Isla Perro (6.9 km), San Blas Islands (6.4 km), and Isla Pelicano (7.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kuanidup?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Kuanidup?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.