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Dive Review of Coiba Dive Center in
Panama/ Isla Coiba

January, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Sean Bruner, AZ, US
Contributor   (15 reports)
"Good (not great) Eastern Pacific Diving"
Report Number 8802
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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
Panama City
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
86   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We had to stay together and surface together.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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1 stars  

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Value for $$
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We drove six hours from Panama City to Santa Catalina where we spent the
night in a nice, small hotel up on the hill, the Sol y Mar, run by a
Portuguese expat, where we heard German, Portuguese, Italian, French and,
of course, English and Spanish, during the course of dinner.  We left our
dive bags off at the dive shop down by the harbor and in the morning headed
off on our first dives.  We had elected to stay on Coiba Island, a national
park and world heritage site, for the next two nights.  You may want to
elect to stay in Santa Catalina, however, and endure the 45 minute to 1
hour boat rides to the dive sites.  That's because the accommodations on
the island are worse than basic.  You are assigned to a dormitory with
eight single beds.  We were lucky to have it to ourselves, but it is
primitive.  No hot water, no towels, no soap and electricity only from dusk
to dawn.  It did have a window air conditioner, however; otherwise it would
have been impossible to sleep.  The dive guides sleep in a tent ... really.
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