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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
507 7579534
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Ranked #7 of 19 activities in Bocas Town
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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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We initially had reservations with another dive shop. After going to La Buga to ask a few questions about diving in Bocas in general, we immediately decided to dive with them. Their staff was awesome and excited about the dives, which made us excited about them. Their equipment was good. They could have used more updated fins, but other than... More

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basel
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Bocas del Toro is a terrific place to dive and La Buga certainly is a great dive shop. Staff is very friendly.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Best dive shop in bocas town. Great and fun crew :) super friendly staff! Equipment and boat weren't the best but fine. Dive spots are very close to shore.

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Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a great operator. Awesome staff and very much attuned to customer needs. Safety first and they all looked like they enjoyed what they were doing. The added bonus is that you can partake in other activities without having to search - my daughter took surf lessons, could have rented a SUP and they even organized small side trips.... More

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America, The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Finally got the guts and brains to discover this amazing underwater experience I've been missing for so long. I'm fortunate to be able to travel to many wonderful dive locations throughout the world and now have the confidence to see it. At 62, today was my first ever dive...discover dive. All the positive reviews I read about LaBuga were spot... More

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Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Everyone went out of their way to make it easy for our family to certify (the kids) and review scuba. All a great experience. Jill was wonderful and the other divemasters also friendly and helpful. When we had some sickness, everyone was appropriately attentive. The reefs were beautiful and the diving superb. We also had a great time doing surf... More

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Redwood City, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Every place has upsides and downsides so I'll start with the upsides first: I really thought the people working at the shop were especially nice and outgoing. They remembered names and were generally cheerful. The two Divemasters I had (Mauk and a young Panamanian gal) were helpful without being overbearing or too up in your grill. I was at times... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

My boyfriend and I were scoping a place out to do some surf lessons, rent boards, and also do some scuba diving. After checking out some other local spots we went to La Buga and met Ricardo the owner. He made an awesome first impression on us and we chose to sign up for some surfing. The lesson was with... More

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Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I booked the diving course at la buga and spend several hours additionally there. the people are great, the lessons quite cool and the meals and smoothies so delicious. I loved it! thank you guys for making my holidays even better <3

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

La buga is a great place to learn diving. I went there to do the open water course and decided to stay and also did the advanced course. Jill Castle was my instructor and she is great! Very fun to dive with her and i felt safe. She explain all the technical stuff very well and she is more than... More

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