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Dive Review of Bocas Water Sports/Punta Caracol Agua Lodge in
Panama/Bocas del Toro

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Harold and Jan Bedoukian, QC, Canada
Report Number 1898
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
the world
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
Bocas del Toro is on Isla Colon. Diving around the island is shallow with
generally poor visibility. There are approximately 40 rivers that empty
around the island. Visibility on a good day may be 35 to 40 feet and after
a rainstorm, the water is very murky. Knowing this we still booked a trip. 
Our accommodations were at Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge, which is totally
eco-friendly. Individual cabins are set over the water on a secluded part
of the island. It is peaceful and the food was superb. However, if you are
into nightlife this is not the place for you. 
Bocas Water Sports was very accommodating and did everything to please us.
We spent a restful week with relaxing easy diving; however after five days
we had visited all of the dive sites. The most interesting of the dives was
when a large remora joined us. He spent at least 30 minutes trying to
attach himself to one of us.  Unfortunately there are no large fish and
limited numbers of small ones. Lobsters have been fished out.
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