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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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Really nice place, awesome experience

I made my open water course at La Buga and everything was great. We dove in four different places... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2016
Joaquin P
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Bocas Town, Panama
Great snorkelling

My partner wanted to scuba dive but I don't dive so was looking for a trip that would include... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2016
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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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 review

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 review

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 review

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

Reviewed 14 December 2016

La Buga is a great place with excellent vibes! My friend and I wanted to get scuba certified and had heard good reviews of La Buga so we thought that we would give it a try. The staff was incredibly welcoming and accommodating! Especially, our...More

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

Thank you so much Michaela! Had a blast with you and Abby. Come back soon! Lucy

Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I was looking for a place to try scuba diving for the first time and these guys were perfect. The instructor was super patient and made everything very clear and easy to understand. I never had to worry at all - these guys had my...More

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

Jerry, Jerry, Jerryyyyy! Thank you for diving with us! You did great, happy you had a good experience this time! Lucy

Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We passed by La Buga dive center and got a Good impression of the staff and the Place. We started with Two fun dives with Lucy and she was great! The dives was very relaxing and I felt safe with Lucy as our dive master....More

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

Thank you for your review Johanna. Great job on your Advanced, congratulations! Lucy

Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Where do I begin, talk about super good vibes mixed with knowledgeable staff to create the ultimate experience. Not only did I get to see amazing underwater seascapes I was able to make life long friends with some of the locals. To showcase the level...More

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

Yeahhh Morgannn! Come back soon! Lucy

Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Really good, tasty and cheep watermelon daquaris. Friendly staff and sometimes it's live music there. Definitely worth a visit during their happy hour to get those dessert drinks, and the last time we went there we got a free shot with the drinks.

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

Thank you for your review! We will pass it on to the restaurant!

Reviewed 3 December 2016

The staff is professional, skilled and knowledgeable. The gear is in great shape. The boat is the best dive boat, easy to get in and out of. The groups were small. We had Alicia, master in training and a master diver on our two dives....More

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

Happy to hear you had a great time! Enjoy the pics, and hopefully see you again! The La Buga Team

Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The team at La Buga is amazing. I did my PADI open water there and it was the best decision to go there for my first dive. The staff is friendly and very patient and answers all the questions you have about diving. And after...More

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

Yeah Elena! So happy for you guys you're certified now! Did a great job. Enjoy your dives in Coiba, and if you ever want to come back you know where to find us! Lucy

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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."
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
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Alberto C
Olá, gostaria de saber se La Buga Dive Center tem loja de equipamentos para Snorkeling (nadadeiras, mascará, respirador)? Hola, Me pregunto si La Buga Dive Center tiene tienda para snorkel (aletas, máscara, respiradores)?
29 April 2017|
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acampanera
Hola, Ayer escribí para reservar immersion de buceo para el 22 o 23. Voy a Salir De da Puerto Viejo a las 8, calculo q en 4 o 5 hiras llego a Bocas. Solo llegar a Bocas vengo a verles para confirmar la immersion. Hasta pronto, Muchas gracias. Anna Campanera
21 July 2016|
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Response from labugadive | Property representative |
Buenisimo Ana! por aca te esperamos..!
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