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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Address: Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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+507 757-9534
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08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
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Established in 2007, “La Buga Dive & Surf” instantly built up a...

Established in 2007, “La Buga Dive & Surf” instantly built up a reputation as a reliable and renowned Dive Center & Surf School in Bocas del Toro. No matter if you decide to go diving or surfing with us, we will ensure that you will have a fabulous time experiencing the multifaceted natural resources Bocas del Toro has to offer. You can also rent one of our kayaks or Stand-Up Paddle Boards. Our qualified international staff is providing top quality service by constantly reflecting our core values: Safety, Convenience and Fun! Hope to see you soon!Your La Buga Family

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This place was indeed really nice. I took the open water class with my girlfreind and we had a really good teacher. He was really easy to understand and above and under water. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place was indeed really nice. I took the open water class with my girlfreind and we had a really good teacher. He was really easy to understand and above and under water. The equipment was in good condition. A place to recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to get your certificate! Leandro is a wonderful teacher, he made diving so much easier than I had expected! It was a fun and exciting experience in a beautiful area. I'll definitely go diving here next time I go to Bocas!

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

❤ We LOVED La Buga!!! Luci and Kaly were great divemasters. We did our Advanced Open Water w Luci and fun dives w Kaly. We only wished our trip was longer as they were going to a few cool dive sites they don't always hit at this time. Can't say enough good things about them. Friendly, knowledgeable, fun! We can't... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed diving with La Buga. Especially the Caves! Beautiful dives. I found the reefs to be very healthy and beautiful. Lots to see but not known for the larger species. The dives in general are all in the shallower range. Super warm water. Didn't even use a wet suit. They also have a big comfy boat for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Places highly recomended. Did Discover scuba diving then straigth on to my open water, then my advanced right away. The people are so nice and professional you feel welcome right away. The atmosphere is lovey and food is very good. My instructors Leandro and Lucy is the best teachers and they will do the course in your pase and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was the first time diving for us. We first did the discover Scuba with 2 dives and afterwards the Open Water. Leandro was a really great teacher and he took very good care of his group under water. He did often check if everything is alright and that gave us a very safe feeling for our first steps under... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked by some diveshops in Bocas but when talking to these guys I instanstly felt that this was the place to do my PADI Open Water Certification! Leandro, who was my instructor, and all of the other people at La Buga is super nice, friendly and happy! Leandro will make you feel super-comfortable during the whole course! I was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, wat a great place. I was looking for a perfect school to get my PADI and I wanted it to be highly professional and safe. I read only good things about La Buga and not that many good things about the other dive schools in Bocas. After a day of theory the diving started. Leon was our instructor and... More 

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Wien, Österreich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had breakfast at the La Buga restaurant on our first day in Bocas Town and fell in love with this dive & surf school instantly! 💜 So we decided to attend the PADI Open Water Diver course there. We had wonderful and educational three days with our instructor Leandro and I totally recommend this school to anyone staying on... More 

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Bocas Town, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped into La Buga on a quick trip down to Panama. Hadn't been in almost 2 1/2years. Walked in, and it felt like home all over again! Great group of people, fantastic instructors / dive masters - Leandro / Leon put up with me for weeks, and Kali / Capi / Micro were right along with them. Thanks for running... More 

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Boulder, Colorado

Hola!

My husband and I are in our 50s but fairly adventurous and interested in booking a dive(s) with you. We're newly certified open water divers and La Buga Dive Center was recommended to us by Ocean First in Boulder Colorado, a popular dive shop in the mountain of Colorado :-) who trains divers and books international dive trips. They work with Kim at Reef and Rainforest who recommended La Buga Dive Center.

I've been wanting to come back to Bocas del Toro ever since I visited 10 years ago. What can you tell me about traveling there in March or April?

What is the weather like in March/April? Some say it's extra rainy and some say it doesn't matter because its rainy all year. Is it known to also be sunny?

We want to explore the area but likely stay in one place in Bocas del Toro. Can you give me any tips regarding where to stay? In Bocas town? Isla Carenero? Other?

Any information will be useful.

Muchas gracias!

Julia

FYI

Amy at Ocean First is the Director of Travel and Retail. It might be a good contact to have for future business.

Their website is Ocean First dot blue

"Our mission is to create and support a community of ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about experiencing and preserving our marine environments. Whether swimming, diving, or experiencing the ocean in their own sublime way, our customers share an infectious passion and excitement that transcends their daily lives. Our love of the ocean is the inspiration for our swim and dive instruction, travel services, marine biology education, and sustainability. Our approach to ocean conservation is simple - we believe a healthy ocean is a healthy planet."

21 days ago

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