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Coiba Dive Center

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Address: Calle Principal (Main Street), Santa Catalina, Panama
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The Best Diving in Panama. Coiba Dive Center is located in the heart of...

The Best Diving in Panama. Coiba Dive Center is located in the heart of Santa Catalina, Panama, just a one-hour boat ride to world class diving. Coiba National Park has been described by many as the "New Galapagos" and the "New Cocos," Isla Coiba is by far the best diving Panama has to offer.

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Superb experience, wonderful people, good times

Coiba was our dive destination driving this trip and we booked ahead somewhat blindly. We booked an extra one day dive as we drove down the road to Santa Catalina, not actually... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Coiba was our dive destination driving this trip and we booked ahead somewhat blindly. We booked an extra one day dive as we drove down the road to Santa Catalina, not actually realizing that it would be the preview for the 3-day package we had already committed to. That was all great. Met up with Julie at the shop, went... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

3 wonderful days with wonderful people. Everything works fine, fantastic organization. Julie as our Divemaster excelent, highly serious and responsible. A lot of sharks and Morays, fishes everywhere.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I dived this week at the Coiba Dive Center with Cory. Very few rules of security are respected. The ascents are made without SMB and we dived at 34m, no matter the level of divers present. For my part it was only my 7th dive and it should have been limited to 20m as allowed by my French certification. And... More 

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Chur, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Went to Santa Catalina to dive Coiba and booked a 3 days package, including 2 nights on Coiba island and 9 dives! Felt familary from the very begining and the trip was well organized. Awesome dives and surfacetime on beautiful islands, delicous food at the ranger station , living a dream! Thanks to the whole staff for a awesome experience!!

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Crystal Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

Very disappointed in our trip with this outfit. We think the dive masters may have been there too long, and are thus a bit jaded. Did the absolute necessary chores, but two of them just laid down and took naps for the ride back! Having run trips ourselves in the past.in the Fl Keys, we know how to make a... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

We went diving with Jose. He was very prepared and knows the Coiba waters in and out. It was a small group and everything went as planned. We saw sharks, turtles and lots of dolphins. We loved our trip to Coiba.

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We were 4 keen travelers who were very impressed with our New Year's Eve day with Coiba Dive Center. The staff were so lovely and laid back. We didn't tell them that 2 of us were dive instructors and one rescue, and although we stuck to free diving for the day, we were impressed with how they handled the day.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

I came to Santa Catalina on a whim. I am a dive master on leave from work as a deckhand on a sail boat on the caribbean side of panama. Roomers had trickled in over the last months form experienced divers and backpackers alike that Coiba was the destination of destinations for scuba in Panama. I booked a 3 day/2... More 

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Grants Pass, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Coiba dive center is a really wonderful experience. They have great equipment, the dive master is very skilled and friendly, the dive sites are wonderful and you are sure to see fantastic undersea landscapes and wildlife

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Group of diving friends from Costa Rica. We stayed at the island and we did 3 days of amazing dives there. July took us and clearly we got the best with her. Coiba is not for everybody, you should be at list a advance diver, you could get some strong currents. Gear, boats, service, food, It was a great trip... More 

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