The day before I was going to go diving a bad storm blew through. When I dropped off my dive gear I asked Glen, the shop owner, what the forecast was for the next day and he treated me like it was a stupid question. Being the safety sort, I wasn't enthralled with the attitude and didn't want to be out in one of their little panga boats in high wind and seas. I really didn't like the attitude -- it was clear he sent people out no matter what.
We lucked out and had great weather -- a little rain, but calm wind and seas. The diving was good and the divemaster Luis did a great job. Easy going dives where he pointed out as much stuff as he could. Lunch on Coiba Island was interesting.
I suggest you bring your own bottled water. They had water in bottles but they were already open and I suspect filled from the tap. If you're doing a day trip get a box lunch at the Panaderia. I don't see the logic of paying an extra $100 to stay in a dormitory on the island and get very basic food and would also sugget day trips instead of the overnight on the island -- but that's just my opinion...
I spoke to a few people who really love Coiba Dive Center and have had good experiences with them.
It was $145 for 3 dives and they charge an extra 5% if you want to put it on a charge card.
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