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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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Resteraunt sucked?

Not sure if it's the same place? But ate there may 13, 2017. Worst meal I had in boca! The waiter... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nigel M
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Being a vegetarian, it is hard to find something to find eat, they were able to accommodate with... read more

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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not sure if it's the same place? But ate there may 13, 2017. Worst meal I had in boca! The waiter, manager very rude, which is in usual for Panama? They also added tip to the bill, which is illegal in Panama. To make things...More

Thank Nigel M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being a vegetarian, it is hard to find something to find eat, they were able to accommodate with vegetarian food..the service is outstanding, right on the waterfront, have been here only for breakfast.

Thank 990sheliam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Open Water course is very detailed and complete.Awesome instructors. You feel completely ready to dive after the course. The boat is the bomb!!! Diving sites and Dive Masters are super cool. You won't be disappointed! We saw lots of cool fish, corals, etc. Also,...More

Thank CrazyTripz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here based on other reviews and wasn't disappointed! Came in for a chat first and got loads of helpful information without a hard sell. Did two dives here, DM was great and locations varying (shipwreck and coral reef). Equipment was all in great condition,...More

Thank nat181818
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been there for open water course ans surf lessons. The team is so great and we had so much fun there ! The restaurant is really a cool place to go We recommend it ! Big UP to Leandro, Manu and Cali who...More

Thank pardou413
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I recently got certified for PADI Open Water Diver at La Buga Dive & Surf. It took me 3 days to complete all the tasks (theory and 5 confined water sections and 4 open water dives). Let me tell you something: if you are searching...More

Thank Fiona B
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The dive guide did his best to show us some good sites, but this was below average diving. Vis was 40 to 50 feet, not much to see. The crew had no manifest and did no head count after diving. I thought PADI mandated this...More

Thank Quilibet43210
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The actual shop isn't huge. Basically part of a restaurant, but don't let that deter you. The staff is great. Rolando was my dive master and Kali drove the boat. Both nice guys and competent. The diving was just ok as it rained heavily the...More

Thank Upnorthtransplant1
Reviewed 6 April 2017

There was 10 of us.... not all divers..but most. Some with ZERO experience and some with 25 years. A daughter's boyfriend did the Discover Scuba course and is now hooked on diving. He is already setting up his certification course in Wisconsin. The others daughter's...More

Thank Brian T
Reviewed 29 March 2017

While walking around town, decided to grab an early lunch. The owner stated that they serve excellent ceviche and he was right. For $6.00 , this was the best I had in Panama. We haven't booked any excursions yet but we will definitely be back...More

Thank bandit153
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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."
6 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
Alberto C
Olá, gostaria de saber se La Buga Dive Center tem loja de equipamentos para Snorkeling (nadadeiras, mascará, respirador)? Hola, Me pregunto si La Buga Dive Center tiene tienda para snorkel (aletas, máscara, respiradores)?
29 April 2017|
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Hola, Ayer escribí para reservar immersion de buceo para el 22 o 23. Voy a Salir De da Puerto Viejo a las 8, calculo q en 4 o 5 hiras llego a Bocas. Solo llegar a Bocas vengo a verles para confirmar la immersion. Hasta pronto, Muchas gracias. Anna Campanera
21 July 2016|
Response from labugadive | Property representative |
Buenisimo Ana! por aca te esperamos..!
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