Wailidup Hotel – Panama

A small overwater lodge situated on a private island off the Caribbean coast of Panama, the Wailidup Hotel is an eco friendly accommodation that gives visitors the chance to experience an overwater stay at a fraction of the price of more well known resorts. In each overwater room here, you'll find a bed, a fan, and a private bathroom, but not much else. You'll also find stunning views of the ocean beyond from your very own private terrace. On the island itself, is a lodge that holds 3 more bedrooms.

Though there isn't a spa on-site, there is a restaurant that features a bar and impresses with fresh seafood and fish. Some menu items include spider crabs, snails, and lobsters. This isn't a resort for someone who wants to spend a good amount of time in their rooms but is rather outfitted for guests who love the idea of spending each day of their stay exploring the natural area and islands around them. If you love daily tours, then this is the place for you.


The Wailidup Hotel is located in the Kuna Yala archipelago of Caribbean Panama.


6  Overwater Bungalows

Beds: 1 Queen and 1 double bed
Wi-Fi: No
Entertainment system: No
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Fans
  • Private bathroom
  • Private terrace with ocean views
  • Private entrance and walkway
  • Wooden structure
  • Metal roof


Restaurants and bars

  • IGUABI restaurant and bar

Resort features

  • Daily tours
  • Free beach chairs
  • Boat transfer service
  • Beach
  • Snorkeling


There is no spa on-site.

Nearby activities

  • A sunken ship
  • Snorkeling
  • Natural pools
  • Islands that you can tour (Isla Perro, Isla Pelicano, Isla del Diablo, and Cayos Holandeses)

What the reviews say

There aren't a lot of reviews to draw from, but the for the ones that do exist, they're a mixed bag of feelings. Some guests love the experience of being out among nature, the daily tours, and the snorkeling opportunities. Others, however, don't like it at all and would have rather stayed somewhere else. As long as you understand that this is a basic lodge with only a handful of amenities, you'll do just fine.

Getting there

To reach the Wailidup Hotel, you'll first need to fly into Panama City's international airport, the Tocumen International Airport (PTY). If you like to drive, you can then rent a 4×4 vehicle and drive to the port of Carti where a boat will take you directly to the lodge. If you rather not rent a vehicle, you can take a quick taxi from the international airport over to the Albrook airport where you'll then take a 35 minute flight to the Porvenir airport. You'll then be met by a boat waiting to take you to the hotel.

Video tour of the Wailidup Hotel