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Address: Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507 7579534
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Description: Established in 2007, “La Buga Dive & Surf” instantly built up a reputation...
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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A slice of awesome!!

Did my open water with la buga last week and it was incredible. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful. They really know there stuff and how to have a good time. I can't say... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Did my open water with la buga last week and it was incredible. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful. They really know there stuff and how to have a good time. I can't say enough good things about this team. Check them out if you are in bocas!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We did a beginner surfing lesson and our instructor, Jorge, was awesome! He did a great job explaining all the basics in the theory lesson before going out on the boat. When on the water he was very patient with all my mistakes and did everything he could to get us on some waves. We had a great time, highly... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

After spending quite a bit of time researching and reading reviews for dive centers throughout Panama and Bocas Del Toro, I decided on La Buga and couldn't be happier with my decision. My experience was phenomenal!! The professionals at La Buga made me feel welcome and comfortable throughout my learning experience as I worked towards my PADI Open Water certification.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Awesome dive centre. The divemasters are friendly fun and really look after you. The equipment and boats are top notch and for 2 tanks, $70 is a great price! The shipwreck dive is cool and they gave us good info about good places to dive in other countries. Also we forgot to get our pictures of their gopro and they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

With the perfect mixture of fun and professionalism the instructors opened up a whole new world for us with beautiful corals, caves and wrecks! Can't wait to come back!!

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Timbuktu, Mali
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Weonly plannedn diving one morning whilein Bocas but had so much fun we decided to keep diving. Well run operation. Good briiefs, good equipment, exellent master divers. We dove with lucy, she was great an Tony's enthusiasm makes the divig even more fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My sweetie, my buddy and I were recently in Bocas Town. My buddy & I were there for the diving. Okay, we did a little drinking and dining, tambien. Let's talk diving, though. The first couple of days were weather related disappointments with low viz after plenty of wind and rain. The last four days were great diving with some... More 

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Tony S, Dive Instructor at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

This has got to be Denny, I'm sure. So glad the weather worked in our favor, and really glad you guys enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for everything, friend. I truly hope to get to dive with you again in the near future. Much love from the whole shop. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I didn't intend to make my stay in Bocas diving-oriented but as soon as I found La Buga I was sold. I completed an open water diving certification and Leon and Leandro were my primary instructors. Both are very knowledgable and have many years of experience under their belt. They are relaxed and kind and anytime I was a bit... More 

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Tony S, Dive Instructor at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Emmmmoes!!!!! How are you girl?!?! Thanks for such a nice review, all the guys here were stoked to read it. Nice job on your course, and keep on diving and exploring!! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Amazing experience. Would not have traded it for anything. The people are relaxed and fun but mean business. They teach in a memorable fun way making the instructors the part that keeps this place at the top. We received our licenses for open water scuba diving. Everything went smoothly from beginning to finish. We are not part of la buga... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Coolest place to get certified in Panama. Worth the time and money to come here. The instructors are awesome teachers. Very fun time

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