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Scuba Coiba

end of Main Street, at Beach Front | Santa Catalina / Sona, Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
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Type: Water sports
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Me and my girlfriend went on a 4 multiday trip with Scuba Coiba on June 15th. First of all, the diving was amazing. Huge schools of fish, lots of sharks, rays, turtles, seahorses, frogfish, octopus and so on. The accomodation was nice and clean, with A/C and private bathrooms in each dorm. Coiba is such a beautiful place, with plenty... More

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Niort, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Coiba is definitely a wonderful place for diving: we saw large schools of fish, sharks and turtles. The staff is nice. However I don't recommend diving with Scuba Coiba, because of the old equipment and a lack of safety awareness.

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Atlanta, Georgia ... for now
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I’ve had a hard writing this review. I don’t like saying bad things about good people, and Herbie Sunk, who operates Scuba Coiba is definitely good people. Unlike the management of many Panamanian operations, Hebie was very responsive to emails and sent us a lot of information that was valuable in making the trip more enjoyable. He also made an... More

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Herbie_Sunk, General Manager at Scuba Coiba, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your Multi-Day dive trip with us in February this year and your honesty. I am glad, that you enjoyed the diving, the food and the attention you received from Scuba Coiba before and during the trip. I am really sorry to hear, that the chemistry between your party and our former divemaster / instructor... More

Bocas Town, Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

When we went to Santa Catalina, we knew we had to go see Coiba. My boyfriend and I had never scuba'd before, so Scuba Coiba recommended that we do the "Discover Scuba" dive. This was a great way to try scuba safely and we immediately became hooked. Our guide/teacher, Sebastian, was the perfect scuba instructor. He was so patient and... More

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I took my family to Santa Catalina in August 2013. Herbie, the proprietor of Scuba Coiba, was responsive to my emails. Once we arrived, he was friendly, and his entire staff were accommodating and helpful. That was particularly good given that we are all novice divers. Our preferred divemaster was Rebecca. She was very friendly and understanding of our novice... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Our group of 5 (myself, wife, 2 teenage children and father-in-law) had a wonderful time on our 2 day/1 night dive trip with Scuba Coiba. Herbie was very responsive in his emails when planning the trip. Rebecca was delightful in helping us get checked in. We did 6 dives in 2 days with Vincente who was helpful and knowledgeable. You... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Sadly, we saw no whale sharks, but we did see lots of other sharks! And huge schools of fish. We spent 2 days diving with Scuba Coiba and enjoyed every minute. The shop was professional and our equipment was top notch. Vicenzo was a great dive master and we loved diving at Coiba--we were the only boat at all of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed diving with Scuba Coiba on a 3-day/2-night trip to the island. We have dived all over the world at everything from luxe dive resorts and liveaboards to backpacker-type places, and Scuba Coiba fully lived up to our expectations and perhaps even exceeded them. Herbie responded quickly to our initial inquiry, and booking the trip... More

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Paris, France
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Sebastien is a great master, he help me to fight against my fear of water and I have a great first dive. Rebecca is a very nice girl, she spread good vibe and she is very helpful. Problems: Nobody answer to my email, so when we arrived in Santa Catalina, we had to wait two days to dive. Second the... More

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Panama City, Panama
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This is my second time using Scuba Coiba and it has been great every time. Ben was our Dive Master and he was very attentive and knowledgable about the Coiba area. He took us to some great dive sites and was always paying attention to all of us when we were under water. I had difficulties with my mask and... More

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