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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Address: Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Phone Number: +507 757-9534
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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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Excellent dive center

The staff is professional, skilled and knowledgeable. The gear is in great shape. The boat is the best dive boat, easy to get in and out of. The groups were small. We had Alicia... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The staff is professional, skilled and knowledgeable. The gear is in great shape. The boat is the best dive boat, easy to get in and out of. The groups were small. We had Alicia, master in training and a master diver on our two dives. Alicia took some great pictures and was kind enough to take the time to send... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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