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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
507 7579534
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Ranked #6 of 20 Activities in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This spot is awesome. My sis and I came just to check it out and grab a drink but ended up hanging out with the staff there for the rest of our trip. Food was delicious and the drinks were great, especially the prices! But the company was even better. We didn't go diving or surfing with them but we... More

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Koblenz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Best dive center on the island! Great staff and crew! Tony you are the most passionate diver I know! Great times! Don't miss it! Next to the dive center is a restaurant that serves the best panama mojitos...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you plann to go to isla colon you cannot missed the charm of la buguita it is placed on the main street and if you look for surfing or diving this guys have the best instructors that will patiently guide you w the experience, or if you just look for a board to rent this is your place chepaest... More

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I came to Bocas del Toro to dive, and after spending almost 6 weeks in the San Blas area - which provided incredible snorkeling with Turtles, Sharks, Eagle Rays and Squid Schools my expectations were pretty high. To be honest - the visibility wasn't excellent at that time of year, but Tony, Leandro, Carli and all the other stuff members... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Once you arrive in Isla Colon, you cannot miss la Buga and its restaurant la Buguita. Its colourful and relaxing decoration home to a parrot with broken wings called la Piñata, its sweet tunes and its ever-smiling and welcoming manager Tony and his crew will just make you feel at home. You can go island hopping with a kayak, dive... More

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

Thanks for your kind words, Eli!! We had a blast having you here. You always came in with a smile and made our days even brighter than they already were. We are really glad we could add a little bit to your vacation. Come see us again soon :) Tony More

Bocas Town, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Last week I finally did my Open Water Diving Course (PADI) and it was amazing!!! One of my best experiences in Bocas del Toro. What I liked most apart from the beautiful location, is the excellent staff: Leon, Tony & Leandro to name a few. All very professional, with a lot of knowledgement. I just love the chilled vibe in... More

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Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I didn't actually go surfing or scuba diving through La Buga. I just spent my time drinking and eating in the adjacent restaurant! Same owners I believe. Anyway, special shout out to Tony the dive and surf guy at La Buga. He was always around the restaurant / bar chatting with people and making everyone feel welcome. He went out... More

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

Hey Scott!! Thanks for the kind words. Thank you guys so much for coming in and spending the birthday at La Buga with us. I hope the skateboard is working well..... next time you come in we will go get some waves!! Tony More

Bocas Town, Panama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I've done my Open Water Course, and am currently in the midst of doing my Advanced Open Water with La Buga. I've done countless amounts of fun dives with them, and each and every dive has been awesome. The staff at La Buga have always made me feel like a part of the team, and have tried to teach me... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I did my Open Water dive course and my Advanced Open Water course there. From the minute, I walked in I was met with cheerful smiles and a really flexible approach to helping me complete everything around my school times (8-3). My dive course was excelent and I had an awesome time with all the dive instructors (I went out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

I did my PADI open water diver certificate there. It's an amazing place! You have very good food, nice people (as in whole bocas), sometimes live music and very good dive spots (e.g. corals, a wreck, clear water, ...) The best thing: the courses are reasonably cheap. I did the PADI open water for 250$ (Somewhere else it's usually at... More

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