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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Very nice first experience with scuba diving

Me and my boyfriend took the PADI openwater course at la Buga. Our diving instructor Leandro was... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2017
Maykegijsen
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Weert, The Netherlands
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Great Experience!

Highly recommended! Amazing dive guides which makes the diving experience that much better!! Will... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Lisa R
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend took the PADI openwater course at la Buga. Our diving instructor Leandro was very kind and professional but also funny. I’d recommend this scuba diving school!

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended! Amazing dive guides which makes the diving experience that much better!! Will only dive with them on my return visits until I make Bocas my home in a few years.

Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Had a great time today on my first ever diving experience. Leandro was my dive instructor and he did an excellent job of explaining the basics and guiding me through two dives. Had a great time and saw a moray eel, seahorses, jellyfish, lobster, and...More

Thank Ali E
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Went to Bocas for the weekend and enjoyed every second of it! Planned a two tank dive with La Buga and it was very simple and very fast! There was four of us diving with Ronaldo and everything went smoothly, he is a great guide...More

Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Super dope coral reefs. Experienced divers. Water is included for you so you stay hydrated. very affordable.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

I went diving on two days with La Buga. Everything was really relaxed, nice boat, simple to get into and out of the water, everybody had as much time and help as he needed, easy dives, smiling people and cool facilities... I had a great...More

Thank Nadine J
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We went for 2 dives with Ivan. Great guy. Good briefing and preparation of the dives. We would definitely come again.

Thank Hendrik S
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I came to Bocas to try scuba diving for the first time in my life! I went with La Buga dive center and cannot describe how much fun I had with these guys!!! Instructor Kody was best, he explained everything about the safety etc I...More

Thank Ievis
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We can't say enough great things about La Buga. We decided to take the open water diver course. However, we wanted to do it online so we were not wasting a day in paradise studying. Emails sent to La Buga about this process were promptly...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Took a 3 hour surf course, Manuel the instructor was fun and attentive, successfully caught some good waves during first time. Later sat at la bugita pub and had 10% surfers discount.

Thank Gil K
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Meghan B
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Response from Kelly T | Reviewed this property |
As far as the diving, I would say absolutely. I was in Boca Town one evening on my own and did not feel unsafe. Not sure how comfortable I would have been traveling to and from Bocas del Torro on my own. We traveled... More
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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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