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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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Scuba Certification excellence!

We had such a great time at La Buga when we completed our SCUBA certification! We did the online... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Kimberly A
Great first scuba experience!

Everyone at La Buga was extremely welcoming, helpful and patient. The staff really made it a great... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
Morgan B
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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 23 September 2017

We had such a great time at La Buga when we completed our SCUBA certification! We did the online portion prior to doing our skills and dives. Leon & Leondro were amazing dive masters! They were efficient, safe and fun! I would highly recommend this...More

Thank Kimberly A
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Everyone at La Buga was extremely welcoming, helpful and patient. The staff really made it a great experience! We came in a pretty big group but they were still able to ensure that each person got individual attention and felt comfortable on their first dive!...More

Thank Morgan B
Reviewed 22 September 2017

I went to La Buga with the Adventure Hunt Team and I have nothing but great things to say about the experience. This was my first time diving, so I did the Discover Scuba course. All the instructors were awesome, but I dove with Leom,...More

Thank loganmoore03
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This once in a life time experience was hands down the best thing about being on Bocs Del Tora Island! The staff were extremely friendly and funny, and amazing guides to our adventure under the sea. Seriously such a cool experience and safe!!!! Definitely would...More

Thank Cherie C
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

we went scuba diving with the adventure hunt team. We were a group of 12 novices and the La Buga team did a great job taking care of us and making sure we were safe and educated at all times. They also showed us an...More

Thank Jason F
Reviewed 21 September 2017

I have dove all over the world and la buga is as good as it gets! I took a bunch of my friends and they showed us a great time! Tons of fun and very proffesional at the same time! Definitely would reccomend them to...More

Thank Teamgarret
Reviewed 21 September 2017

La Buga has the best employees, best boats, great dive spots, great restaurant. Went as part of Adventure Hunt and would recommend it to anyone! Love La Buga!

Thank seanbingham
Reviewed 21 September 2017

I've been a certified diver for 10 years, and La Buga goes above and beyond! The staff and shop are very welcoming and open, gear was in good condition, and the dive briefing was very detailed. Beyond that, Bocas del Toro is also a BEAUTIFUL...More

Thank Whitney J
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

I went diving with these guys to Tiger rock for caves and caverns and they didn't disappoint. The gear is good quality and the staff are friendly and professional. I saw a flying fish and a dolphin on the way to the dives. During the...More

Thank LucyH81
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This was my first time diving and it was awesome! I was a little worried at first but the divers were very responsive to questions and helpful in teaching. They also had some great music playing during the boat ride:) tons of fun. I would...More

Thank Elizabeth B
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Meghan B
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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."
7 February 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