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Dive Review of Panama Divers in

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Adams, On, Canada
Report Number 2527
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Jamaica,
,Zambia,Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 45    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We dove in two groups of five divers, with an Instructor in charge of one
group; a Divemaster in Training looking after the other.Within each group
we were paired off with a specific buddy.Each group dived the same profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
There was one camera (digital)among the group. At one time I thought of
bringing my Nikonos setup and was offered a fresh water tank on board. In
the end I decided against the camera - simply because of baggage
considerations on the flights to and from Bogota. The dive boat, about 25ft
fibreglass was not set up for photographers but one could have made out if
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The operation was friendly and well managed. I was picked up at my hotel
and dropped back there at the end of the dive. The drive to the site took
about an hour, from Panama City to Colon and then to Portobelo on the
Caribbean side. I had most of my own gear but you could rent very good
quality gear for $US25 for the two dive trip. The boat was excellent for
the purpose - with a small cover just aft of forward for the driver and
twin 140HP outboards. The water operation was managed very professionally,
all the crew helping with gear putting on and removal. The boat driver was
competent, friendly and helpful. Most of the crew spoke English and Spanish
as well. A great lunch and lots of water/sodas provide for lunch as we took
our surface interval between dives. I was in Panama anyway and this was a
pleasant way to pass a day. One of the dives was on a ditched aircraft at
about 60 ft, a twin Beech which was apparently running drugs. There were
some nice canyons nearby. A pleasant day's outing with a friendly,
enthusiastic,crew and group of tourists like myself. I would go again if I
were in Panama.  
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