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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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The Best Dive Shop!

Great people! super knowledgeable! I got my open water certification here but spent much more time in and around the shop hanging out at the restaurant and patio they have. All... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
Dougie L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great people! super knowledgeable! I got my open water certification here but spent much more time in and around the shop hanging out at the restaurant and patio they have. All the instructors and staff are great and make sure you have the best diving experience possible. I would fly back to do my advanced in a heartbeat!

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thanks Doug! Super fast in your Open Water skills circuit, excellent student! Enjoy Nicaragua and we hope to see you again! Lucy More 

Whistler, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We did a couple of fun dives in October this year, and couldn't have asked for more - beautiful visibility, calms waters, and all around good vibes. These guys really know how to make you feel at home, while away from home, treating you more like their friend than a passing tourist. They all have such an enthusiasm for diving... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Adam! You guys were so lucky on the octopus! I posted the picture on the La Buga Facebook page a few days ago! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

When I was looking to do my Divemaster in Bocas Del Toro, I wanted to find a dive shop that was fun, professional, caring, experienced, and of course, knew all the best sites. La Buga was this, and so much more. Over the past month and a half, I spent every day at the shop. Jumping on the shop's Trimaran,... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Yesss Kaylee! Thank you so much for your review! It's weird not having you around anymore. We are missing one member of our La Buga familiy. If you ever make your way back to Bocas you know where to find us! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

awesome staff shop organized and well ran. boats clean. will return. had four great dives in a day. time was limited, wished we had more. thad and bret.....

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Thad and Bret. We had a lot of fun hearing your (some crazy) stories about diving. We wish you had more time too. You know where to find us if you make your way back to Bocas! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I can't say enough wonderful things about La Buga. I was a first time diver and spent two days with Lucy getting my open water certification. The entire staff was warm, welcoming , relaxed but still incredibly professional. As a new diver I was a feeling a bit anxious about the process. The staff at La Buga helped me feel... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Jared! You did perfect on your Open Water skills! It really does help shaving your mustache doenst it? haha. Thank you for everything, I had a lot of fun teaching you! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We have spent the last 5 days with the team at La Buga doing Rescue Diver trainining. We have dived all over the world, and had one of the best experiences here in Bocas. The La Buga operation is relaxed, friendly and accomodating. But don't be fooled - the level of professionalism is second to none. Our instructor this week,... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Ian! We miss having the two of you around. The diving world is lucky to have two more excellent Rescue Divers! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I did my Open Water training at La Buga Dive School. Leandro and Lucy (as well as the entire La Buga team) were wonderful! I was nervous about the training but they helped me understand all of the equipment/protocol and I was breathing underwater with confidence in no time. I would HIGHLY recommend La Buga for anyone looking to dive... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Michelle! Thank you so much for your awesome review! You are a PRO in taking of your mask underwater now! Great job, very proud! Lucy and Leandro More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The team at La Buga was exceptional and the experience was amazing. I completed my open water diver course and was glad to have an experienced and friendly instructor who was patient and helped me adapt to the mysterious world under the sea. If you are in Central America and want to explore the wonder that is under, check out... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Aaron, for taking the time to write a review! Awesome video that you made about Panama too. Hope to see you soon again! Lucy More 

Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

My friends and I went out for a dive with Lucy and it was amazing! It was my first time and she was a great instructor. Very patient and helped everyone to feel relaxed! You can't go wrong with this surf shop and I would highly recommend Lucy as your instructor/guide!

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Yeah Peter! Great job on your first DSD! Hopefully many more dives to come! Thanks for your awesome review! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Bocas town on a rainy day and decided to stop into La Buga. The team at La Buga was super helpful and got us into the water super fast. Thanks to our dive master Lucy and the team at La Buga for a wonderful day in the water!!!

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thanks Hector! Had a lot of fun with you guys! Let us know when you guys make your way back to Bocas, always welcome to join us for some more dives. I promiss I won't scare you this time haha! Lucy 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."

20 days ago

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