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Dive Review of Scuba Coiba in
Panama/Santa Catalina

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Polster, IN, USA
Report Number 2559
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Australia, Cozumel, St. Croix, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
With only 2 divers, we followed the dive master to most interesting sites  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We followed in foot steps of author for March 2006 issue. You don't need a
4-wheel drive car anymore the road is paved all the way to Santa Catalina.
Surfing is very big in the area and the resturants have expanded to four.
Some of the best diving ever with lots of fish all species and sizes. With
changing currents the vis could start with 20' and improve before the end
of the dive to 80'. Reef sharks every dive from a couple to over twenty, 4
frog fish on three different dives. One Goliath Grouper, about 6' weighing
several hundred pounds followed us for 10 minutes. Rachel did a great job
leading all dives and her crew were intertaining.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is for divers only, non diving spouse had to sit at the cabin because
beach was not designed to accomodate tourists, it's a fishing village.

Local breakfast was about $1.50, most dinners were under $10 and there are
a few more rooms available to rent with the large number of surfers.

The trip to Coiba island in the small dive boat, 1.5 hours and bumpy, but
worth the trouble for great diving. We had surface intervals at the ranger
station and brought our on snacks and drinks, none provided by the dive
shop. You could schedule overnight trips with food provided and would
recommend it if you dive more than one prevent the rough boat ride
and time on top of the water. 
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