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Octopus Garden Hotel & Dive Resort

Can Can, Portobelo, Panama
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Ranked #1 of 7 Portobelo B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
jaf220 Portland, Oregon
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found the place welcoming and felt more at home in the first ten minutes than we did at many of the other places we stayed. We loved the fresh fruit batidas and the very thoughtful service which took into account any unique requests that we made.

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Long Island, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed for two nights in April 2014 - at the tail end of the dry season. My impression from guidebooks and this website was that Portobelo hotels might be a bit sketchy. Well, Octopus Garden was clean, nicely decorated, a good aircon unit, and comfortable. The lady in charge was very pleasant and spoke English. She organized a snorkeling... More

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New York City, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was very good, the staff was very friendly and attentive. The instructor was pretty good, the area in general very quiet, which was good if you want some peace of mind. The diving tours were awesome.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I stayed two nights in December 2013 in Octopus Garden and I loved it! What is said by others is true - nobody lies - but it is all the eye of the beholder. The setting is great, the staff is wonderful and the diving resort (equipment and instructor) are also great! Although the cook was off to a trip... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

calm nice view to the sea, sunset :-) no beach sorry but a entertainment by the crabs that come to visit you on the terrace. there are some chairs on the terrace for sun bathing and enjoying the sunset. forget the pool, its rather for frogs than for humans. rooms not dirty but would not eat on the floor neither.... More

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65 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I stayed at Octopus Garden for 3 nights. My $55/night room included these amenities: No hot water, filthy furnishings (see the photo of the inside of the bedroom door which apparently had not been cleaned in months? years?), shower walls with long black hairs on them (not mine, I am nearly bald) intermittent WiFi, down for one 18-hour stretch, and... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

very amateuristic dive resort. very bad kitchen and the rooms are also too expensive. the owner is never there and the sweet people that have run the show work there very hard . the owners also certify divers under other names of diving instuctor. I stayed there for a month working and it happend too me. the diving around that... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Once upon a time, this was likely a nice place. Unfortunately, time has weathered it and maintenance has not kept up. There are holes in the deck, the AC unit in my room was moldy (cleared out with a industrial fan) and the windows don't open... Why have a room facing the sea without the breeze? The food is mediocre... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

1 diver and 1 non diver. Stayed 2 nights. Its right on the bay and as a non diver waiting around - I didnt really like the look of the shallow rocky water out the front, so I didnt get to swim as much as I would have liked ( I paid to be dropped off on an island for... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

The owner will tell you this is a hotel where divers can relax.... If you're not a diver... forget it! I'm actually an experienced diver.. and had no inclination to dive from here whatsoever! The place is ok....the rooms are just ok... definitely nothing special... and definitely not worth the $50 per night. The food and drinks were overpriced...$2 for... More

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Address: Can Can, Portobelo, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Portobelo
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Octopus Garden Hotel & Dive Portobelo
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Octopus Garden Hotel, an extension of Panama Divers, is located in a beautiful spot along the Caribbean coast of Panama, near the town of Portobelo. We offer 8 comfortable rooms with orthopedic beds, air conditioning, private baths and hot water, all just steps from the sparkling sea. Our restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks are always available so you are sure to be satisfied around the clock. You can also enjoy a drink at our sea view bar, play a game of pool or ping pong, watch the big screen television, enjoy grilling on our giant BBQ, amaze others with your karaoke skills or just sing or play along with our musicians who regularly get together to jam. For those who just can’t leave their work behind, we are a free wi-fi spot. Take a siesta in a hammock and then Snorkel right off our deck where an abundance of coral and fish along with underwater artifacts like a sunken ship and an airplane can be explored. Our staff is here to accommodate your wants and desires 24/7 in Spanish or English - your satisfaction is important to us! ... more   less 
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