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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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La buga made me a diver

I started by doing my open water course here and it was everything I could of asked for and then some. The staff promptly answered some of questions via email before I arrived and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Tyler R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I started by doing my open water course here and it was everything I could of asked for and then some. The staff promptly answered some of questions via email before I arrived and that experience continued once I got there. From someone who had never even tried diving to a PADI open water diver the staff was with me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's was amazing they treated us like family. We expended whole morning doing this activity. First they show us some scuba skills and later we made two immersions. Marine landscape was wonderful. I really recommend this activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If it would be possible.. I would stay there forever! I get my Open Water Diver and the Advanced Diver there and enjoyed every dive. Especially the night dives :D Lovely and great stuff (everyone of them, but especially Chikaka :D), tghanks that I had the opportunity to meet you all! Hopefully see you soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place. I think We had drinks/ snacks/ food there four times in 5 days. It's very tasty and everything is freshly made. Very hip place to hang out.

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do not know how not to sound too great, but the experience I had with Leandro and the guys was and is unforgetable. the chill the wibe the place and the friendly athmosphere is increadibly energiyzing... Loved every single momemt. So if you are in Bocas. La buga is THE PLACE to stop by... For me a must wisit... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They split us into groups of five per dive master which was nice and not too crowded. Could lie on the boat roof during surface time and they provided watermelon and bananas too :) my dive master Cali was awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Bocas for two weeks this summer and visited La Buga almost every day. I got my advanced open water certificate and it was great fun. The stuff is very professional but fun at the same time, specially my teacher Leandro who has done a great job every time we go diving together. I went night diving too,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Bocas in August 2016 and dived with La Buga. It was a really chill atmosphere, no stress. The equipment was up to standards and the staff was, although very laid back, professional and knowledgeable. The boat they use is a very stable trimaran with plenty of room. The dive sites are easy and shallow with nice corals and plenty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

With Buga Dive Center you Will experience diving as it should be "RELAXED". Our divemaster Renaldo was really super cool. We made the first dive at the White House, the second at Pandora. Especially the second dive was really nice although the visibility was not to good, approximately 6 meter we saw a lot of things worthwhile filming. The diving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff at La Buga are so amazing! My sister and I decided that getting our certifications was something we wanted to do (despite me being terrified of water and sharks), and the first time I went in the water I was immediately like no never again and shaking all over. But the longer I was there the more comfortable... More 

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