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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

#2 of 23 Tours in Bocas Town Features Animals
Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Padi open water dive course

Last month I did the padi open water dive course at La Buga what an great adventure! It is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Incredible night dive and incredible staff!

I did my first night dive last night with Leon and it was incredible. There were only 3 of us in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Last month I did the padi open water dive course at La Buga what an great adventure! It is beautifull company located in the centre of the island Isla Colón. But for me the most important thing The guides are amazing, helpfull, kind, funny and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did my first night dive last night with Leon and it was incredible. There were only 3 of us in the group and Leon made sure we were all super comfortable before getting in the water. We dived in a wreck that was so...More

Thank Juliet123455
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Besides the scuba diving itself, which is definitely recommended (specially if you're into coral reefs), the whole place is an oasis in the main avenue in Bocas Town. An excellent five star breakfast, a chillin' top bar for reading after your ocean activities and a...More

Thank Luiz L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Leaning how to scuba with Leandro was a great experience. He is a Great teacher who takes his time to explain everything slowly and carefully. I always felt secure with him under water and even though he takes his job very seriously (to ensure nobody...More

Thank Elena P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did a couple fundives with La Buga. From the moment I went into the diveshop with al my questions I felt really comfortable. The staff was really helpfull and patient. I did my dives with Ivan. He explained everything really clear and he showed...More

Thank Susanne K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I decided to get my PADI open water diving certificate at La Buga due to the good reviews on TripAdvisor. All of the expectations came true. I would highly recommend Léon as a PADI instructor. He was calm, clear in instructing and took its time...More

Thank Vincent N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and two friends decided to do our PADI license in La Buga and it was a fantastic decision to make! Leandro our instructor was very calm and excellent at explaining everything we had to do. Not only this but the marine life and dives...More

Thank Gavin O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in for breakfast. They serve nice smoothies named after the surf spots in bocas, which was kinda cool. Coffee was quite good as well, from Guatemala. Very friendly staff. They also have a surf school and their main instructor was kind enough to answer...More

Thank Tomas G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I completed my PADI openwater licence at La Buga. It was my first time scuba diving and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I was very nervous at first but our instructor Leandro was very encouraging and a calming presence for...More

Thank Kate M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like many others I read all the reviews and walked around town checking out the different dive shops looking for a great fit. La Buga won and I had a great time diving there over four weeks. Main reasons: - The boat is great with...More

Thank John H
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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