Cabanas Kuanidup San Blas
No larger than a football stadium, Cabanas Kuanidup is possibly the most stunningly rustic island in the San Blas archipelago. Boasting basic accommodations and no electricity Kuanidup is ideal for the adventurous traveller who wants to kick off their flip-flops for a few days and enjoy a true ‘Castaway’ experience. Cabanas Kuanidup is a traditional cabana style accommodation with a breathtaking 5 star hotel location.
Cabanas Kuanidup offers single and double beds in eight bamboo cabanas with sand floors and thatched roof. Bathrooms and showers are shared. Hammocks are strung between a plethora of palm trees which cover this postcard perfect island.
While you’re out swimming the warm turquoise Gulf waters, enjoying some grog at the well-stocked bar or playing with Wilson on the beach volleyball court, owner, Miguel and his family are busy taking painstaking care of this island. The beaches are cleaned and raked, while fish, lobster and crab are pulled from the ocean and prepared for the three daily meals provided.
As part of your stay you’ll have the opportunity to visit a local Kuna community and snorkel the ancient shipwreck at Isla Perro (Dog Island.)
If you are feeling that you need a respite from your fellow travellers, Miguel has uninhabited island he can take you to for some quiet time.
Kerosene lamps are provided at night but the sky, awash with stars, will probably be the only light you’ll need.
- Boat ride to Isla Kuanidup from Carti San Blas or El Porvenir (Airport).
- Three meals a day are offered including fresh seafood. Typical San Blas meals include fried fish, lobster, squid, rice with coco, accompanied by patacones, salad and beans
- Tours to Indigenous Kuna communities and some of the pristine San Blas beaches.
- Internal tax
- Lodging in traditional San Blas Cabanas made of bamboo and thatch roof.
Services not included
- Alcohol, soda and snacks
How To Get There
The road to San Blas through the densely forested jungle highlands of Panama can only be negotiated by licensed 4×4 transporters. The Kuna Yala will not allow any other vehicles to enter carrying foreigners, thus the only way to to get to Cabanas Kuanidup is with the 4×4 vehicles that leave Panama City daily between 5am and 6am. The drive is approx 2.5hrs, depending on road and weather conditions. The 4×4 transporters can hold up to 7 passengers, it can be a squeeze at times and we advise all clients only to take a small bag containing what they need for their stay in the San Blas.
Currently El Porvenir Airport is closed for renovations and all the other airports are much further south in the island chain and cannot be used to get Cabanas Kuanidup.
You need your passport to enter the San Blas region!!
Please read our San Blas island FACT SHEET before booking.