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Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Highly recommend fishing with Sport Fish Panama. Had a great day on the Scandalous. Captain and first mate were excellent. And they were good about taking pictures for us. A lunch was provided and a cooler of drinks. We stopped at a beach on an island to swim and it was heavenly. Honestly, they could not have done anything more - it was a perfect trip. Book now!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank aohmes
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CaptShaneJarvis, Owner at Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hey Angie,

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review! Everybody here really appreciates it! Looking forward to seeing you guys back down here soon! - Shane

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Just got back from a Family Vaca to Shanes Lodge, last time we went as a unit was 2011. Everything has changed from our kids being grown up now to the Lodge and all the upgrades that have been made. Shane keeps everything maintained to its best and upgrades something every year. The recent addition is an new house to allow him to host larger parties in 2018. As usual the food, fishing, boats, tackle and staff were first class and over the top in every regard. Thanks for another perfect trip Shane, it never gets old.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

An awesome experience, from the reception to the delivery back at the David Airport.
SHANE and his staff are just what you need to spend a week fishing in PANAMA.
The fishing was excellent, and the staff very professional.
Erik's food 5 stars.
Thanks for everything.
Klaus Jr.
Brazil.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
1  Thank Klaus S
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Great trip. Unbelievable vacation. If you are looking for a seriously professional fishing outfit with great personality and service, look no further. From the staff, to the food to the Abuelo 15 años. Best ever. Book the trip. You'd be hard pressed to find something better. Thanks Pal!!!!!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
2  Thank peter d
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

I've been fishing many years. Caught lots of big fish. Mostly Salmon off of Washington State and Deep Sea fishing off of Mexico. My buddy drug me down to try this place out. For me, I've now achieved the Super Bowl of fishing, a 500 to 600 lb 16 foot Black Marlin. They were not supposed to be here this time of year, but our more than competent captain found them. We were in a pack of 8 to 10 boats fishing a mound off the bottom in the middle of nowhere. We were catching tuna from 100 to 300 lbs. We caught 2 small 18 inch Skip Jacks which our captain immediately put two large meat hooks into and proceeded to troll slowly just outside the mound and group of boats. We learned later, where there are Skip Jacks, there may be Marlin. 5 - 10 minutes later - BAMMM!!! This Black Marlin jumps 20 feet out of the water, fishing reel singing like a rocket going to the moon - landing like Shamu at Seaworld sending water cascading everywhere. He did this 4-5 times 150 yards from our boat, giving a front row show to the group of boats not more than 50 yards away from his show. Those fisherman quickly forgot about the tuna. 2 hours later, 2.5 miles from our hookup point, we brought in the beast. We were a group of five. Two of us were on this boat. The fisherman that switched off with me 4 times to land this thing is from Indiana and had never done this type of fishing. His first trip and he lands a 500 lb+ Black Marlin and a 267 lb Tuna. He never has to fish again. As good as the fishing was, the food was better. The chef Lee was undefinable. Some of the best meals I've had anywhere. I'd go there to just enjoy the sun and his food. The 33 foot twin 300's catamaran was outstanding and a smooth ride. VIP through the airport on arrival. Everything was excellent.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

WOW! WOW! WOW!, I went with a group of fishermen and had the best time. We caught numerous species of fish in all sizes, some personal bests. Capt. Shane & crew catered to your every need from the minute we landed in Panama City till be left. Every aspect of the trip was thought of from transport, to lodging, to the food & the overall fishing experience. Chef Lee outdid himself with the food as we are tough critics coming from NY and also owing my own restaurant. Whatever you asked for you got, you wanted fresh coconuts no problem, you wanted to catch tuna no problem. Even had a rock named for me, lol. All the other staff members were great & friendly including Steve, Tateen, Juan & a few others. By far this was our greatest fishing experience to date.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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3  Thank adminguest
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

I had a fantastic time fishing /staying/eating with Captain Shane Jarvis and his crew.
Fishing is the key for me, and mate Juan, and the World Cat, are world class. All the tackle is top of the line, and in pristine shape. The boat is super stable, fast,
and dry. Juan was a wonder keeping lines rigged, baits ready,and always in a good mood. Shane is dialed into all types of fishing: running and gunning for tuna, inshore
areas for roosters etc.
The Lodge crew: led by Steve and Lee (chef) make sure you are pampered when
you are not fishing.
The island setting is beautiful.
You are well cared for, from the time you land in Panama City, till the all too quick time to return to the states.
This is an absolutely first class operation, and would love to return next year!
(spending time with Shane's dad, that was a special bonus )

Gary

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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2  Thank mmadoc
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Address: Isla Parida, Golfo de Chiriqui National Park, Panama
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Region: Panama > Golfo de Chiriqui National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Golfo de Chiriqui National Park
Price Range: $306 - $999 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge is a boutique offshore tropical island sport fishing lodge located on Isla Parida in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama. Fly into the city of David, in the Chiriqui Providence, travel by boat 12 miles off the Pacific coastline and you will find Isla Parida....an untouched jungle paradise that is a protected national park. Our private island lodge is inside Panama's Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park and is truly "off the grid." No roads, no concrete, just jungle and white sand beaches. Sportfishing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, hike, or just hang out on one of our deserted beaches. Sportfishing here in the Gulf of Chiriqui is legendary! Black Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna are encountered offshore at Hannibal Bank, Coiba, and Isla Montuosa all only minutes away. Inshore prey such as Cubera Snapper and Roosterfish are caught in the water right in front of the lodge! We specialize in an upscale sportfishing experience with great food, personalized service, accommodations, and highly maintained boats and equipment. ... more   less 

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