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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

#2 of 23 Tours in Bocas Town Features Animals
Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Amazing experience, amazing staff!

I went to La Buga to get my open water certification, I had never dove before and it turns out I... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
indiaford
via mobile
Cool crew in great location

Nice tri-hull boat. Efficient staff. Equipment changed out quickly. Gear in good condition... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
Siouxwest
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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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“dive shop” (67 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 20:00
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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

I went to La Buga to get my open water certification, I had never dove before and it turns out I was super nervous! Leandro was my instructor and he was great, he talked me through a few panicky moments and by the end I...More

Thank indiaford
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Yeahhh India! Thank you so much for joining us! Great time with you and your friends. Killed that tequilo bottle. Say hi to everyone and come back soon! Lucy and the La Buga guys

Reviewed 3 January 2017

Nice tri-hull boat. Efficient staff. Equipment changed out quickly. Gear in good condition. Knowledge of local spots. This is a good dive operator, not some skank outfit. And there is a bar attached to the shop - finally!

Thank Siouxwest
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you so much for your review! The bar is the greatest attachement of all times! The La Buga Family

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

La buga dive center has an experienced team. They go out and beyond their way. Leandro, our instructor was phenomenal. I would reconmend them!

Thank walter h
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you so much for your review Walter. You guys killed it! Lucy

Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful instructors and had an amazing time. Everything felt so professionally done. 5/5. Will come again!

Thank Kewin L
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2017

Thank you for your review Kewin! And thank you for diving with us. Come back soon! La Buga Family

Reviewed 25 December 2016

Lucy and her crew of Dive Master/Dive Master Instructors were extremely helpful and responsive the divers requests. They managed a diverse group of divers, students, from open water through to Dive Master Trainees. It was a great experience!

Thank boful
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2017

Thank you so much for your review Kerry! And thank you for all the pictures. We had a great time with you. Hopefully we will see you again. Lucy

Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing people, amazing experience! I went to La Buga to try out my first dive. Always wanted to do it but it scares me a lot. Fortunately got Leandro as my instructor. Wouldn't be able to calm down and enjoy without him and his immense...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2016

Thank you for your review Silvia, you rocked it! Keep on diving! The La Buga Family

Reviewed 22 December 2016

We dove with Ronaldo and had a fantastic time. Saw many new underwater critters we have not seen before. Even had a spotted eagle ray circle us a few times up close. They have a large dive boat which was great. All the staff were...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2016

Thank you guys! You we're very lucky to see that big spotted eagle ray diving with you! Hope everything worked out with the frozen pipes back at home! The La Buga Family.

Reviewed 21 December 2016

I made my open water course at La Buga and everything was great. We dove in four different places in two days. Leon, Leandro and Lucy are great teachers, the explain everything really clear and make you feel very comfortable and secure under the water....More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2016

Yeahhh Joaqooo. Gracias! See you soon for the advanced! The La Buga Family

Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

My partner wanted to scuba dive but I don't dive so was looking for a trip that would include something for both of us, this was perfect. We went to 2 different reefs, second had better visibility and more fish than the first, I even...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2016

So happy to hear you had a great experience snorkeling with us! Thank you for the review Jane!

Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff and local dive sites. Water was 30deg and 10mtrs vis Think we got lucky today as we saw 2 rays, seahorse and a nurse shark

Thank Stuart D
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2016

Thank you Stuart! You are lucky! Seahorses are hard to find! Hopefully see you again. The La Buga Family

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juliaburton
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."
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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
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