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Mar1ene89 wrote a review Nov 2018
5 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at Inas. The island itself is really beautiful, but I’d highly recommend to stay at another camp if possible. The cabanas are very basic. Facilities were dirty. The staff was unfriendly and not helpful. Food was served without a smile. The owner wanted us to pay twice although we had already prepaid the whole trip. My raincoat was ruined due to wet paint on one of the boats and nobody told us to pay attention to it. I complained about this to the owner but instead of showing any reaction to me, he started yelling at the guy driving the boat while completely ignoring me. In summary, we didn’t really feel welcome. To be honest, all they want is your money and they didn’t make any efforts to hide that.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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shaked-harari wrote a review Apr 2018
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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.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MGO99 wrote a review Jan 2018
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We were really disappointed from Isla Ina's. When we arrived, there was no nice greeting. No one gave us a smile, even if we smiled at them. We really felt not welcomed at all. More that, the people were really disgusted by the fact that we were there. The only thing they seemed interested in was our money. When we got to our cabins, the beds were not made. We asked for them to make the bed multiple times. In the end we got sheets and had to do the bed ourselves. What service is that? For breakfast it is just ONE (!!!) pancake. For three days in the row, we got rice with lenses and chicken. The same dish for lunch - three days in a roq. For dinner we got seafood on two days but also again chicken one night. So, two time the day, the same food. The portions are okay but it is not really that you have the feeling to be really full after the meal. Every morning we were woken up and asked if we were leaving the island. They had no overview whatsoever. Everyday, the same question. So hard to remember that we are spending three nights here??? Moreover, there is also a lot of rubbish lying around. Even worse on Pelican island where you make the daytrip to. So many plastic bottles. Disgusting. Why can't they clean it up. They take 22 $ for entrance. Perhaps they can make sure that the islands are at least clean and do something for the money they take. There are a lot of houses on the island. It is more like a village. And Ina's has a lot of cabins so that when it is booked out, it is really crowded. No lonely island feeling at all.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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estravellina wrote a review Sep 2017
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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.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ArturFromPoland wrote a review Aug 2017
Wadowice, Poland47 contributions21 helpful votes
Well, you can find here everything - peace on the beach, parties in the evenings, reasonable prices ($1,5 for beer, $1 for a coconut) and the locals serve great food (lobster, for example!). You can escape from noisy reality - there are no TVs here, neither wi-fi and so on. Definiteley worth going for 2 or 3 days! The island is quite tiny, beaches are not crowded (20-30 travellers at one time only), the sea is clear. What to want more?
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Connie D wrote a review Feb 2017
Embro, Canada40 contributions5 helpful votes
This place was more than I imagined. The islands were spectacular and so peaceful and restful. Small hut cabins that were perfect. Sand floors, 2 single beds in our cabin with a double bed. At night you could hear the ocean waves on shore. Our host was wonderful. Food was good, the fish and lobster where fresh. While we were there, we were invited to a birthday party to sing Happy Birthday in English. We were given a plate of rice and chicken and also a piece of birthday cake. It was an honour to be able to share this with the Kuna people and their families of the island. The bathroom is basic with a small amount of cold water but it works fine for a quick wash and to freshen up. Hammocks to lie on, bring a snorkel and mask and you will always see something in the water. The beach is clean and water is clear. Absolutely gorgeous. We took a day trip to other islands which was also Paradise.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Room Tip: We noticed other travellers who had kept food in their huts, which attracted bugs. Do not leave...
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Catherine J wrote a review Jan 2017
Hanoi, Vietnam46 contributions18 helpful votes
Isla Ina is a beautiful Caribbean paradise! The island is tiny (you can walk around it in 10 minutes!). The accommodations are very basic -- for the most part clean, but open dorms, sand floors, etc. The bathrooms are equally as basic -- not always running water, and the showers have little to no pressure. That said, what do you expect from a tiny island for this price?! The meals were all great (big portions, fresh fish). The staff were helpful, and you can buy drinks and alcohol on the island for reasonable prices. If you need cleanliness, modern amenities, and your own space, maybe it isn't for you, but otherwise it's a must!
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Date of stay: January 2017
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suku34 wrote a review Jan 2017
Okoboji, Iowa148 contributions45 helpful votes
We booked our trip to Ina's Island through El Machico Hostel in Panama City (highly recommend, wonderful customer service and honesty). Arrived at Ina's Island via small boat about 45 min from mainland. You will likely get soaking wet on this ride so be prepared!! Check in was quick and we soon had our own private beach hut for 2 nights. Sand floors, no electricity, bug nets and bed sheets, door stays closed with a rope. 2 bathrooms with showers in them (not always water available in shower but really who needs a shower when your living on the beach!!). So yes this was very basic accommodations but oh so amazing if you are looking for a hut/camping experience on a beautiful beach. Horn sounds for meals and you eat with all the other people staying at Ina's so it's a great way to meet other travelers from all over the world. Volleyball net, hammocks, clothes lines. Staff was friendly and kind. You can purchase drinks... coke, rum, beers, water. Food is basic. Fish and rice and veggies. I'm not a huge fish person so I brought lots of snacks knowing that I'm a picky eater. Portion sizes were big though. Boat trip to Pelican Island is included, secluded island with no inhabitants on island. We had so much fun and loved everything about this place! 2 nights was perfect for a stay and then I was ready to shower and get away from the sand. If you want an adventure, check it out!
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Date of stay: December 2016
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TjalaT wrote a review Jan 2017
32 contributions5 helpful votes
Don't get me wrong, this place is basic and far from luxurious, but if that's what you're expecting or if you have no expectations at all, then it is a wonderful place to spend a few days. The staff here are extremely kind, friendly and helpful, in particular Tony. He kindly invited us to spend new years eve with his family on their island and took us there by boat where we were served an extra meal and watched fireworks. It was a really special night and I will never forget this families generosity. On the main island itself there is nothing to do but relax, snorkel and sleep in the hammocks. But that is perfect. It's truly stunning with views of other islands. We slept in basic beach huts with sand floors and bunk beds. There were 2 toilets and showers. All was kept as clean as it can be with stone floors. I found the people to be very accommodating of the fact I am a vegetarian and found portion sizes for lunch and dinner to be generous, although breakfast was small (as is Panamanian tradition). There is the opportunity to rent snorkels for $2 a day, and a boat leaves daily to pelican island which has great snorkelling opportunities. Bear in mind that you pay for everything extra here apart from 3 meals and the bed, so bring money for snacks and drinks or bring them with you (they are of course more expensive on islands than the mainland). This really was Paradise and I had a wonderful few days. Please note that you will get soaking wet on the boat ride between the mainland and this island.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Ronne M wrote a review Jan 2016
Belo Horizonte, MG43 contributions35 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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