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Coiba Dive Center

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Address: Calle Principal (Main Street), Santa Catalina, Panama
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+507 6780-1141
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00

The Best Diving in Panama. Coiba Dive Center is located in the heart of...

The Best Diving in Panama. Coiba Dive Center is located in the heart of Santa Catalina, Panama, just a one-hour boat ride to world class diving. Coiba National Park has been described by many as the "New Galapagos" and the "New Cocos," Isla Coiba is by far the best diving Panama has to offer.

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Nice diving

The staff is laid back and professional. The diving (I did a 3 tank dive) was great. The variety of marine life was excellent. Saw lots of sharks (no whale sharks though). Boat is... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
Charlevoix, Michigan
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Our dive master for the trip appeared to be hungover; he was extremely lethargic, barely spoke to us, and spent most of the trip out and back asleep. When we actually did dive, he just rushed around the dive spots without taking any time to actually look at anything. If we didn't keep up with his rushed pace, we were... More 

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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619 reviews
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The staff is laid back and professional. The diving (I did a 3 tank dive) was great. The variety of marine life was excellent. Saw lots of sharks (no whale sharks though). Boat is fast. Gear is good. Dive with them.

Thank Upnorthtransplant1
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Coiba Island is such a hidden gem, and Coiba Dive Center will help you experience it in a way that no one else can. The diving is spectacular, the scenery is beautiful, and the people are the cherry on top. Keep in mind that the diving can be somewhat challenging with some current and you are in an extremely remote... More 

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San Diego
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Coiba Dive Center is a great outfit. Knowledgeable, friendly, good equipment and a conservationist approach to diving in this awesome place. I did a 3 day trip to Coiba with a total of 9 dives, and am torn between what I loved most: getting off the grid and staying on Coiba or the fantastic diving. Taking a multi day trip... More 

Thank jasonsd
Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Coiba was our dive destination driving this trip and we booked ahead somewhat blindly. We booked an extra one day dive as we drove down the road to Santa Catalina, not actually realizing that it would be the preview for the 3-day package we had already committed to. That was all great. Met up with Julie at the shop, went... More 

Thank PJradio
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

3 wonderful days with wonderful people. Everything works fine, fantastic organization. Julie as our Divemaster excelent, highly serious and responsible. A lot of sharks and Morays, fishes everywhere.

Thank Luis M
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I dived this week at the Coiba Dive Center with Cory. Very few rules of security are respected. The ascents are made without SMB and we dived at 34m, no matter the level of divers present. For my part it was only my 7th dive and it should have been limited to 20m as allowed by my French certification. And... More 

Thank Julien P
Chur, Switzerland
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Went to Santa Catalina to dive Coiba and booked a 3 days package, including 2 nights on Coiba island and 9 dives! Felt familary from the very begining and the trip was well organized. Awesome dives and surfacetime on beautiful islands, delicous food at the ranger station , living a dream! Thanks to the whole staff for a awesome experience!!

Thank Heidi D
Crystal Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Very disappointed in our trip with this outfit. We think the dive masters may have been there too long, and are thus a bit jaded. Did the absolute necessary chores, but two of them just laid down and took naps for the ride back! Having run trips ourselves in the past.in the Fl Keys, we know how to make a... More 

Thank Rick H
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went diving with Jose. He was very prepared and knows the Coiba waters in and out. It was a small group and everything went as planned. We saw sharks, turtles and lots of dolphins. We loved our trip to Coiba.

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