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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Address: Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507 7579534
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Established in 2007, “La Buga Dive & Surf” instantly built up a...

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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Amazing first dive experience and amazing people.

I fell in love with La Buga the first time I went in on our trip to Bocas. I think we went there every day as one of the extremely friendly staff noticed. On the second or third... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Jenna S
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I fell in love with La Buga the first time I went in on our trip to Bocas. I think we went there every day as one of the extremely friendly staff noticed. On the second or third trip just to watch the divers and drink on the beautiful patio overlooking the sea, I struck up a conversation with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an incredible time in Bocas Del Toro, finishing the last part of my open water course at la buga with Leo and others - Caleb taught me and a friend to free dive to 15m as well which was incredible to have all three of us in a wreck together while everyone else around was scuba diving. Saw such... More 

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Thank Charlie S
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We undertook our Open Water & Advanced Open Water PADI with these guys, the pricing here was really good, and the Instructors Bill, Leon and Caleb were a top bunch of guys. They looked after us before, during, and after the dive. Caleb is also an accomplished Freediver and was always catching fresh fish whilst we were diving that we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Bocas looking for somewhere we could dive and surf. La buga was the perfect place. The staff are really friendly, easy going and we had a great experience. We enjoyed doing the open water padi course so much we ended up doing the advanced course with them too! They gave us great discounts having done so much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Buga introduced me to the new love of my life: scuba diving! :) I completed the Open Water course here and I am forever grateful for the wonderful experience and my time spent at the shop, on the boat, and underwater. The staff at La Buga is SO SO SO lovely and everyone is always wearing a smile. I'm... More 

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best diving center! Good vibes, good people and good diving spots. It was really nice, felt perfectly safe and could enjoy dinving with a large variety of fishes (and corals). Even saw a baby shark sleeping! All that in company of good people, what more could you wish for?

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went for a night dive with La Buga, and it was the highlight of my trip. The staff was so down to earth, nice and extremely helpful. The views of the coral were incredible, then when we turned off our lights we saw a display of sparkling bioluminescence that went above and beyond in terms of the beauty I... More 

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Maxhutte - Haidhof, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I did the Open Water Diver course with La Buga, and I can absolutely recommend them! The staff is amazing, the dives were great and they give you a lot of practical tips to master your dives.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Please, do a nightdive. I loved it! At la Buga I did my PADI open water and my first nightdive. The diveschool was very professional and the whole crew was super nice and fun to hang out with. I already recommended them to people why traveling and I hope with posting this that many more people can have a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went for diving with La Buga, Reinaldo was a great instructor, he showed many things, we're lucky to see a sea horse and many fishes , lobster, crabs, etc. The staff is very nice, it's really a good place if you want to dive in Bocas.

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