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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 19 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This happened to be my first stop in Bocas as well as my favorite. If I ever needed any sort of information they were the ones who helped me out. I had the pleasure of scuba diving and surfing with Tony, Reynaldo, & other amazing people. Having only surfed once before, I was a little nervous, but they were very... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

mind you, we didn't go scuba diving at La Buga, but we did go here for fish tacos and a burger, and it was AWESOME. I would go as far as to say it was the best meal we had in Bocas! We also went for a boozy milkshake and smoothie, MMmmmm is all I can say! Great service, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Great experience! We signed up for the experience scuba diving. When the owner realized my husband is a certified diver, although it was my first time, he offered us a refund for my husband's lesson. It's refreshing to deal with honest business owners. Leandri was fantastic. He was calm and reassuring, even when I panicked. It was such a great... More

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Modiin, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great company with great equipment!! We had a extremely nice time with toni!! We even had the luck to see a great sting ray

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Davos, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I had with my ** CMAS a divemaster for myself. Assistance and equipment was faultless. We visited a wreck and then dived to 37 m. As a result of eating too fast I had some stomach problems, so I've canceled the second dive. I was very surprised when Tony came to the hotel and told me that I get the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My boyfriend got his Open Water certificate at La Buga 5 years ago. When planning our trip to Costa Rica, we decided to go to Panama just so I could also get certified at La Buga since he had such a great experience 5 years ago. We were not disappointed. Leandro was an incredible instructor and made me feel comfortable... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Went in to have lunch before our journey back to the mainland and the boys at La Buga were great! Fell in love with the bird! Great spot to wait for a taxi or catch a game! Located right on the main strip, across from our favorite people over at International Hostel! Can't wait to go back to Bocas, this... More

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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

A friend and I took our open water dive certification at La Buga. The time spent at La Buga was the best part and highlight of an otherwise rain-filled vacation in Bocas del Toro. We also went on an additional dive after our course and spent half a day in a surfing lesson. The staff were awesome - a lot... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

if you're going to dive bocas, go with this shop. many thanks to Leandro and Tony for a great experience. friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

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