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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Dive center paradise

My husband and I spend 1week at la buga in Bocas Del Toro for scuba diving It’s a top notch place... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pierre H
Panama City, Panama
via mobile
Open water course with Ivan Vina

Hello. my name is omri i am completely new to diving and because of internet recommendations... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
omri g
via mobile
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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I spend 1week at la buga in Bocas Del Toro for scuba diving It’s a top notch place, the location, the decor and everybody working there is amazing You immediately feel part of a big family I did part of my dive...More

Thank Pierre H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hello. my name is omri i am completely new to diving and because of internet recommendations decided to do my open water diving course at bocas del toro with la buga diving school. Which was an amazing experience a specially because of our amazing instructor...More

Thank omri g
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thank you La Buga for this great 2-dive trip this morning. As it was raining I could not have spend the day better than with you and seeing one huge octopus and three seahorses on one dive! Incredible, thank you Reynaldo for finding those for...More

Thank Corinna D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did 6 dives in total with Kali, great divemaster, great knowledge & also lots of fun! the visibility wasn't the best but we still saw seahorses & an octopus 🐙 On our last day we had a surf lesson booked I have a bad...More

Thank kellyj19802018
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nothing like you've ever done before! ALL the staff was amazing! So friendly, knowledgeable and helpful throughout our course and time spent there. I highly recommend you taking the plunge and taking your open water certification, especially with Leandro Mora. He made the whole experience...More

Thank Bonnie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

AMAZING DIVE SHOP I did my open water certification with Ivan and i couldn’t be happier. He is a great teacher, explained everything clearly and made learning to dive very fun and easy! The equipment is obviously very well cared for and everyone who works...More

Thank Abby S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and me booked a surfing lesson with Manuel. He did an excellent job, explaining everything to us. His gentle manner and great knowledge on surfing gave us a great first experience. Thank you for that. Apart from the lesson this is a great...More

Thank NStromann
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best dive shops we have had the pleasure of diving with. All the staff are very friendly and welcoming. Their schedule was flexible which was helpful for a couple of bad weather days. We did a few specialty courses with...More

Thank OADiver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found this place when my husband and I came to the area for a few days. Note - I am already certified and had my own equipment. I did 2 tanks in the afternoon and my first night dive. Everyone I met was very...More

Thank Kelly T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The crew was awesome the instructors are first class. They were duper helpful and patient. Learning to dive has changed my life and the crew that taught us really made it a memorable experience.

Thank Jared S
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Meghan B
9 January 2018|
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Response from Kelly T | Reviewed this property |
As far as the diving, I would say absolutely. I was in Boca Town one evening on my own and did not feel unsafe. Not sure how comfortable I would have been traveling to and from Bocas del Torro on my own. We traveled... More
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."
6 February 2017|
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Response from Jovan_10 | Reviewed this property |
Excellent dive enter. Stay in Bocastown. We stayed at M&M and loved it. The studio ap is right on the water. We also stayed on Isla Caranero which has biting bugs of some sort. They spare no one so I wouldn't recommend... More