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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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One of the best experiences ever

I completed my PADI openwater licence at La Buga. It was my first time scuba diving and it was one... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Kate M
via mobile
Great all round dive shop, restaurant and place to hang out

Like many others I read all the reviews and walked around town checking out the different dive... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
John H
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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 6 August 2017 via mobile

I completed my PADI openwater licence at La Buga. It was my first time scuba diving and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I was very nervous at first but our instructor Leandro was very encouraging and a calming presence for...More

Thank Kate M
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Like many others I read all the reviews and walked around town checking out the different dive shops looking for a great fit. La Buga won and I had a great time diving there over four weeks. Main reasons: - The boat is great with...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

We dived, lunched, had dinner and drank some beers here. The menu was great, food delicious. Very nice and fun staff! Our dive guide was a local and he did a great job, professional and he had a great eye for spotting. Highly recommended!!

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

After deciding to finally learn how to dive, I am very pleased to have dropped by La Buga Dive Center. With a great and professional crew, excellent facilities and some really nice, but overall beginner friendly dive sites, La Buga was a fun and relaxed...More

Thank finn1985
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I just finished our PADI Advanced and Rescue Diving certifications with folks at La Buga. Both Leandro and Leo were awesome, the entire experience is professional, fun and safe. We had experience scuba diving with them last year and it is always...More

Thank Alejandra V
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

The Open Water course in La Buga was great, a definite highlight of our backpacking trip. Leandro was a brilliant instructor. He's very calm, his instructions are clear and he's good fun. We got to see so much on each dive, including a shipwreck! I...More

Thank shauna h
Reviewed 22 July 2017

I did my Padi Open water really long time ago (like in December, 2015) but I promised I will leave a review as the staff there were amazing and had the best time ever. They are super fun and professional at the same time. Totally...More

Thank Angel R
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Nice granola with yoghurt for breakfast and good chicken and couscous salad for dinner. Power or No power they still function

Thank Arnout D
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Went scuba diving for the first time and did the discover scuba trip (2 dives, about 45 minutes each, $110). Such an amazing experience! I wish I had tried scuba diving earlier in life...I'm hooked now! Time flies when you're having fun...even though each dive...More

Thank Samson M
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Great staff and great club I highly recommend them, i asked them to take pictures for me because i had no go-pro, and they brought their own camara and took a lot of pictures just for me

Thank Yossi I
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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."
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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