Adventure Kayak Fishing at Imbu Bua Lodge Jaque Darien Panama

Jaque Beach Retreat

The Darien is one of the last frontiers for adventure and kayak fishing. If its Kayak fishing, adventure, SUP paddling or just nature you love Imbu Bua Lodge in the Darien have to be number one on your bucket list.

Bahia Pinas water’s hold more IGFA world fishing records than any other place. Bahia Pinas, Darien have been the number one fishing destination for more than 50 years and is still one of the top 5 fishing destinations in the world.

Kayaking from Punta Garicine and the Woanan Indian Village of Playa Muerto, the coast line stretch over 120 nautical miles to the Columbian Frontier  with only one settlement, Jaque.


Our accommodation is a comfortable two bedroom beach house with breath taking west sunsets. All rooms have AC and on suites bathrooms.


Captain Hennie Marais have been Paddling and fishing the Darien Coast since 1999 and in 2013 started his adventure kayak fishing operation and store Panama Paddle Center.

Panama Paddle Center are the Hobie, Jackson , Perception , Wilderness System , Stealth and other brand dealer in Panama, we typical use the best kayak suited for conditions to make your fishing trip a trip of a life time.

A kayak fishing vacation at the Jaque Darien’ gives every chance of encountering big fish. The Continental Shelf runs close to the shore, which brings game fish within the reach of kayak fishers. There are plenty of fish varieties also.

Target Species

Cubbera Snappers, Roosterfish, Blue Jacks Jack Crevelle, Needle fish , Wahoo, Yellow Fin Tuna, Grouper,

Sailfish, Black Marlin , Blue Marlin offshore available with 26 Ft World Cat support

Kayak Fishing Vacation in the ‘Darien’, the Jaque beach house, Imbu Bua


Arrival day

We offer 3 itineraries for the Darien

  • 7 Days Friday to Friday
  • 4 Days Monday to Friday
  • 3 Days Friday to Monday

You will be staying in Panama City on your arrival day. Panama is a vibrant city worth visiting, great restaurants and night life is world class. There are many options for accommodation from Hostals to 5 Star Hotels

Day 1

09: 00 Pickup from your hotel in Panama City and transfer to Albrook Airport a 50 minuit flight to Jaque , Darien with Air Panama, Mondays and Fridays, flight departs 11:15

12 05 Arrive Jaque, room check in and lunch

14 00 Trip orientations and safety briefing

15 00 Equipment preparation

18 00 Sunset drinks

18 30 Drinks and planning for next day

19 00 Dinner

Days 2,3 ,4 & 5

05 00 Wake up and breakfast

06 00- 16:00 Launch site evaluation and preparation.  Day’s fishing

16 00 day end return to beach house

We typicaly put one day aside to go up the Jaque river to village of Biroquera to visit a Woanan Indian Village

Darien Sunset

Departure day

07 00 Wake Up and breakfast

12 50 Flight to Panama City for return flight home

Add on Trips

Add on activities, fishing Peacock bass on Gatun Lake are available before and after scheduled trips, with accomodation available at the Gatun Lake House boat. This is a great way to see the Panama Canal

Tight Lines and paddle hard


$ P.O.A.

  • 7 Days Friday to Friday        2 Anglers $1990                4 Anglers $
  • 5 Days Monday to Friday     2 Anglers $ 1200               4 Anglers $
  • 3 Days Friday to Monday     2 Anglers $800                 4 Anglers $


  • Kayak
  • Accommodation sharing Imbu Bua Beach house
  • Food and basic drinks
  • Support Panga


  • Hotel Panama
  • Airport Transfer Panama
  • Return Flight to Jaque/ Albrook
  • Tackle rental( highly recommend angler bringing their own tackle part of the adventure)
  • Off-shore fishing on 26 World Cat $1400 per day max 4 anglers
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items

English speaking guide

Accommodation is in our Jaque beach house Imbu Bua situated on the Jaque beach with an amazing west sunset view over the Jaque river mouth in the Darien province of Panama.

Jaque Beach Retreat

All rooms are on-suite and have AC

We recommend that due to the remote locations all anglers have travel and medical evacuation insurance.

We fish the best equipment to give you the best chance to catch fish and have an experience of a life time
Anglers will be responsible for their equipment and damage or loss will be charged to their accounts

Due to the remote location we expect all anglers to be responsible for their own safety, release form are mandatory.

VIP meet and greet service available at Tocumen on arrival at additional cost

Paddling Experience

Fishing starts and ends on land, we promote true kayak fishing. Depending on conditions and location we have a support panga.

There are some remote locations and panga´s may be used from time to time to reposition anglers.

The offshore areas we fish requires good seamanship, we have a qualified guide with anglers at all times.

It will be all anglers responsibility to prepare them self physically and technically for these trips.

We require all anglers to complete a form related to their experience and physical paddle capability.

Prior to any fishing a check out paddle will be required.

We will inform all anglers of the requirements needed for each trip. Any angler that can not conform to these will not be allowed to go to sea.

Instruction is part of the trip and anglers will be shown launching and beaching technique. If you want to learn safely this is the place. We’ll schedule advanced and beginners trips throughout the year to accommodate all levels of kayak anglers.

Safety is always our first priority and fishing will always be scheduled around what weather and ocean conditions permit.


Panama Paddle Center is a strong supporter of catch and release and promotes conservation. We keep a fry-up for dinners and release the rest.

Fishing Tackle

Although we have tackled available we highly recommend that anglers bring their own tackle.

Recommended tackle

We highly recommend that anglers bring their own tackle

1 Two Spinning or bait casting rods and reels, Shimano Bait Runner type, 20 to 60 lb

2 One Jigging Type rod reel to  60/80  lb
3 Light Tackle Casting or spinning reel for bait and smaller fish

4 Trolling /life bait rod 60/80lb for those big snappers and Roosterfish on life bait

Lure Kits

Lure kits are available on reservation, we highly recommend these kits they have been put together for the local conditions and drawing on our guide’s experience.

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