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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Great time with La Buga

When we first arrived, we were greeted by Ricardo, who we later found out was the owner. I had been... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jill L
Preston, United Kingdom
Professional Friendly Knowledgable La Buga

Upon arriving at La Buga my wife & I were met by the owner Ricardo who greeted us warmly and was a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Reviewed 6 days ago

When we first arrived, we were greeted by Ricardo, who we later found out was the owner. I had been corresponding by email prior to getting to Bocas, but unfortunately our booking was never made as the person involved had left their employ. However, this...More

Thank Jill L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon arriving at La Buga my wife & I were met by the owner Ricardo who greeted us warmly and was a real gentleman. Our Dive Master Kali was professional friendly and knowledgeable. My wife and I are fairly new to diving having recently received...More

Thank Soulchefwayne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and me brother come every night to This special Point in Bocas, to sashimi and patacones, the best coffee in town. Today we dived with Ivan, excelent teacher. I truelly recomend it!!!

Thank Danielapma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did my PADI Open Water Certification with them last week. The team at La Buga were incredible! The whole atmosphere is both professional and fun! I had an incredible instructor, Leandro, who was knowledgeable, patient, kind and encouraging. He seemed very invested in making...More

Thank Jackchloe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the PADI OW the last days and I‘m so happy that L.E.A.N.D.R.O. was my instructor! Thanks for everything. I guess there‘s no better teacher than you my dear. You did an amazing and wonderful job. I love LA BUCA.

Thank Tamara K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did a 2 tank dive trip with La Buga and had a great time. By far the most responsive dive shop in advance while trying to plan my trip. Dive master spoke pretty quickly during the briefing, so I think a fellow diver with a...More

Thank scottbeecher
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a night dive wreck dive with this company. Ivan was an excellent dive master - very patient and kind. Good safety explanations for someone who hadn't dove in a while. The company was professional with excellently cared for equipment. Would dive with them...More

Thank LizfromCanada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spend 1week at la buga in Bocas Del Toro for scuba diving It’s a top notch place, the location, the decor and everybody working there is amazing You immediately feel part of a big family I did part of my dive...More

Thank Pierre H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hello. my name is omri i am completely new to diving and because of internet recommendations decided to do my open water diving course at bocas del toro with la buga diving school. Which was an amazing experience a specially because of our amazing instructor...More

Thank omri g
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you La Buga for this great 2-dive trip this morning. As it was raining I could not have spend the day better than with you and seeing one huge octopus and three seahorses on one dive! Incredible, thank you Reynaldo for finding those for...More

Thank Corinna D
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Meghan B
January 9, 2018|
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Response from Kelly T | Reviewed this property |
As far as the diving, I would say absolutely. I was in Boca Town one evening on my own and did not feel unsafe. Not sure how comfortable I would have been traveling to and from Bocas del Torro on my own. We traveled... More
Hola! My husband and I are in our 50s but fairly adventurous and interested in booking a dive(s) with you. We're newly certified open water divers and La Buga Dive Center was recommended to us by Ocean First in Boulder Colorado, a popular dive shop in the mountain of Colorado :-) who trains divers and books international dive trips. They work with Kim at Reef and Rainforest who recommended La Buga Dive Center. I've been wanting to come back to Bocas del Toro ever since I visited 10 years ago. What can you tell me about traveling there in March or April? What is the weather like in March/April? Some say it's extra rainy and some say it doesn't matter because its rainy all year. Is it known to also be sunny? We want to explore the area but likely stay in one place in Bocas del Toro. Can you give me any tips regarding where to stay? In Bocas town? Isla Carenero? Other? Any information will be useful. Muchas gracias! Julia FYI Amy at Ocean First is the Director of Travel and Retail. It might be a good contact to have for future business. Their website is Ocean First dot blue "Our mission is to create and support a community of ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about experiencing and preserving our marine environments. Whether swimming, diving, or experiencing the ocean in their own sublime way, our customers share an infectious passion and excitement that transcends their daily lives. Our love of the ocean is the inspiration for our swim and dive instruction, travel services, marine biology education, and sustainability. Our approach to ocean conservation is simple - we believe a healthy ocean is a healthy planet."
February 6, 2017|
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Response from Jovan_10 | Reviewed this property |
Excellent dive enter. Stay in Bocastown. We stayed at M&M and loved it. The studio ap is right on the water. We also stayed on Isla Caranero which has biting bugs of some sort. They spare no one so I wouldn't recommend... More