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Dive Review of Boca Dive Center/Hotel Palma Royale in
Panama/Bocas del Toro

January, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Sean Bruner, AZ, US
Contributor   (15 reports)
"Decent Caribbean Diving"
Report Number 8804
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Islas Revillagigedo, Hawaii,
Cozumel, Roatan, BVI
Closest Airport
Bocas del Toro
Getting There
direct flights from Panama
City; otherwise bus and boat

Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
85   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stick with the dive guide and surface as a group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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4 stars
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Value for $$
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Bocas del Toro is a run-down town on the Caribbean side of Panama.  It
looks like some backwater out of a Graham Greene novel.  That said, Bocas
Dive Center is a professional, well-run operation with top-notch guides and
nice boats.  We brought our own equipment, but their rental gear seemed
above the norm one finds in a third world dive shop.  The tank fills were
generous, usually over 3000 psi. They did a big certification business and
we met divers from Sweeden, China, Switzerland and the U.S. all getting dif
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