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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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First time diving

Ivan took great care of me and my fiancee. It was very fun and easy to understand. I had trouble... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jorge B
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Open Water Dive Certification

My boyfriend and I did our Open Water Dive certification at La Buga and had a great experience... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
San Francisco, California
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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...more
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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ivan took great care of me and my fiancee. It was very fun and easy to understand. I had trouble equalizing and he was very patient with me. Best money I've ever spent.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I did our Open Water Dive certification at La Buga and had a great experience! Definitely recommend! Our instructor was Ivan and he was awesome - super informative, focused on safety, and made it easy to understand concepts. Also just a cool...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Manuel took us out for a couple hours to surf at Wizard Beach. Both of us had surfed in the past, years ago, and definitely need a quick lesson. He was very helpful and broke down the movements to make it make sense to both...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I completed my PADI Advanced with these guys and couldn't recommend them highly enough. Totally put me at ease as we went through the 5 dives. Love the atmosphere in LA Buga too. Worth a visit for a coffee or food. First class!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were visiting Bocas on our honeymoon and it was raining the first few days so we decided to get me PADI certified (she's had it for years). Came to La Buga and signed up for the 3 day Open Water course....More

Thank John C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here for the first time 2 years ago and did a Discovery Dive - they treated me like a friend from the beginning - Now, I came to get certified as an OpenWaterDiver and the experience was even better. A very professional team+fun...More

Thank Lau O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did my Advanced Open Water course at La Buga, with Leandro as my instructor. I was the only student, so the instructor was really only teaching me. It was amazing! We went diving at 2 shipwrecks, one during the night, which was very interesting!...More

Thank Demi J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These guys are great. Super professional and a ton of fun! Finished my Advanced open water certification, took some beautiful dives. Bocas is a cool little seaside town w many quality restaurants and awesome scenery.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great time diving with Ivan! I haven’t been diving in many years. Ivan patiently gave me a quick refresher and made sure I felt confident before getting in the water. I had no issues and felt that I was with a very capable...More

Thank Colleen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I got my open water certification in 3 days, and had a wonderful time doing it. The instructor, Leonardo, was encouraging, helpful, and informative. Inside of those 3 days i became much more confident underwater and trusted that my equipment was good. The environment was...More

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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."
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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