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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Address: Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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+507 757-9534
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08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
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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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The perfect place to learn diving and relax

The team at La Buga is amazing. I did my PADI open water there and it was the best decision to go there for my first dive. The staff is friendly and very patient and answers all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The team at La Buga is amazing. I did my PADI open water there and it was the best decision to go there for my first dive. The staff is friendly and very patient and answers all the questions you have about diving. And after the course we went every day for happy hour and delicious snacks. La Buga became... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Yeah Elena! So happy for you guys you're certified now! Did a great job. Enjoy your dives in Coiba, and if you ever want to come back you know where to find us! Lucy More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I had so much fun diving with them! They've chosen really good diving spots and offered a good equipment. Very nice and qualified stuff! Can only recommend it!

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review Erna. Come back soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Got our Open Water License here and enjoyed every single bit of it, fantastic atmosphere and very competent instructors, he made us feel very comfortable underwater. Their boat is so spacious and has an amazing sound system, on which they let you play your own beats!

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you for being our DJ Casper! Hope you guys have a great rest of your trip! The La Buga Family More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Dived with 9 friends. Excellent master diver (Micro). Rest of staff very pleasant. Good food, good drinks and live music! Will be back.

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Gracias Jose! Maybe we will see you in Honduras! Or all of you just come back here ;) The La Buga Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

I was finally brave enough to face my fears of the water & decided to learn to dive. I'm so pleased I chose La Buga to get certified; everyone working there is fabulous & friendly & my instructor Leandro was so patient & supportive making the whole experience fun - thank you! They have great facilities, the best boat in... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Aliiiiii! Thank you for your review! It was a lot of fun having you around. Great job! The La Buga Family More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We went diving with La Buga dive personnel yesterday and had a great time. Water clarity was fair - 3-5 metres - but we saw some interesting fish, including sea horses, and some beautiful coral gardens. But it was the boat and he staff that made the day so good. Their trimaran makes the whole venture easy and comfortable. The... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Rob! Happy to hear you guys had a good time! The La Buga Family More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I went to Bocas to get open water certified and a pesky hurricane Otto prevented me from diving so could not get certified but I was able to go on a dice very dive. I had my own instructor Lucy who was so relaxed and knowledgeable that I never once worried about anything. She was able to explain all the... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Aaron, for such a nice review and the great experience! You did super good on your DSD, and we had a lot of fun celebrating your birthday. Come back soon for your Open Water! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Best dive shop in town!! Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. The dive masters work well with new divers as well as those more experienced. Took me out 2 days even though I was the only diver (since it was off-season). The dive shop is connected to a little cafe/bar which is a great affordable spot to grab food or drinks... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Tina, for diving with us! We had a great time with you and your friend! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

excellent dive masters, biggest boat in town, if you think is not important, you will thank for that at the time you have to get back in the boat, soooo easy we saw everything! the divemasters told us before we get in what we were gonna probably see, and when we were diving they made signs to be sure we... More 

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Caroline! Was really nice having you around for all those dives! Gotta love Sashe! Come back soon! Lucy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the experience. Everyone is super profissional and friendly. They have the nicest diving boat! :)

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you Carol! Say hi to your dad from us! Lucy More 

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Boulder, Colorado

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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