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Dive Review of Inula in
Panama/Panama + Colombia

August, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 7098
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
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Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 25    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 h 50 bar on the surface  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
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Panama  Coiba + Colombia  Malpelo trip on catamaran Inula

Central America on the Pacific side still was a white spot on my
destination list. I had seen many tempting pictures of hundreds of
hammerheads cruising along above your head. I read some disturbing reports
on rather bad vis, low temperatures, rather demanding dives in some washing
machine like conditions. This so far had kept me away from these places.
This year I thought, why not try. To make the most of it, I decided to at
least visit two different spots there. Through internet research I learned
of the Yemaya and the catamaran Inula, both offering trips to Coiba  -
Panama and Malpelo  Colombia. The first boat seemed to be fully booked far
into 2014, so I looked closer onto Inula. A small catamaran with 4 cabins
and 2 heads only, I wondered if a guy like me, who needs his space, would
be happy there. The adventurous part in me said, yes do it. 
Went from Amsterdam, Netherland, on a direct flight (10.5 h) with KLM to
Panama City. Cheaper flights from Europe on US airlines would have included
at least one stop in Atlanta (Delta). I spent 3 nights in P. at the Country
Inn & Suites close to the Canal and Bridge of America. Did a bit of
sightseeing, which is really worth it, visited the old town and strolled
through local markets. Taxi fares are real cheap, so it´s easy to see
places. Alternative there is the hop on and off double-decker bus cruising
through the town. A trip on the Canal is a must, it´s impressive to
learn how much work it took to build this thing. Fascinating to see huge
container ships being sluiced through the different cha
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