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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! Highly recommended!

My boyfriend and I did the open water diving course at La Buga. Our instructor, Leandro, was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Shaked F
via mobile
Highly recommended!

I took several surfing classes at La Buga and hung around with newly found friends at La Buguita... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Montreal, Canada
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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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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I did the open water diving course at La Buga. Our instructor, Leandro, was very professional and patient. He allowed us to learn and experience with diving at our own pace and never rushed us. The La Buga staff and the waiters...More

Thank Shaked F
Reviewed 4 days ago

I took several surfing classes at La Buga and hung around with newly found friends at La Buguita lounge and I only have great things to say about my experience. In fact, the people I met at La Buga are what made my trip to...More

Thank DesmanaMoschata
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the PADI Open Water course with Leon and Ale. I have nothing but amazing things to say about La Buga. The instructors were patient, great at teaching, and the entire La Buga staff and instructors were fun to hang with. My confidence level...More

Thank Ameer S
Reviewed 1 week ago

La Buga dive shop was very laid back and the employees were chill and very welcoming. Full of young people. The dive master was friendly and took pictures during the dive. we got to see a ship wreck and a lot of coral. the vis...More

Thank haylesmrenee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I had an amazing experience at La Buga. From scuba driving, to dining, to cocktails - everything was awesome! As an inexperienced diver, they did an awesome job making me feel comfortable and safe. Ronaldo, our dive master, was the best! If...More

Thank Caitlin Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was honestly kind of nervous getting certified for diving. The staff was amazing, and I was completely at ease. We had an amazing time. Thank you to everyone for all you did

Thank Joe P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff ,good location , tasty food & drinks Took open water padi certification + one night dive. Fully recommended .

Thank Pascal D
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Being a vegetarian, it is hard to find something to find eat, they were able to accommodate with vegetarian food..the service is outstanding, right on the waterfront, have been here only for breakfast.

Thank 990sheliam
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The Open Water course is very detailed and complete.Awesome instructors. You feel completely ready to dive after the course. The boat is the bomb!!! Diving sites and Dive Masters are super cool. You won't be disappointed! We saw lots of cool fish, corals, etc. Also,...More

Thank CrazyTripz
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Went here based on other reviews and wasn't disappointed! Came in for a chat first and got loads of helpful information without a hard sell. Did two dives here, DM was great and locations varying (shipwreck and coral reef). Equipment was all in great condition,...More

Thank nat181818
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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."
7 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