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Dive Review of Scuba Coiba in
Panama

Scuba Coiba, Mar, 2011,

by Richard Gauthier, QC, CA ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5992 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 65 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat is not adequate for uwp.No table,no rinse bucket.The boat is accurate for transporting divers only.No place for anything else like a set up with 2 stobs.I would not lay my photo equipement on the bottom of the boat in chopy water for an hour and a half of navigation.So I did what was best and left my equipement in my hotel room.Took great shots in my memory.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Before arriving in Santa-Catalina I had high expectation on that dive destination.I ended up with no deception.You never know wath is waiting for you at each sites.Will there be current,a whale shark,a Manta,a bull shark,a hammer head.One thing for shure is you will encounter on almoust every dive a good number of cool white tips.If you are lucky as I was you will swim with a wale shark.I was surrounded by many schools of fish of various species big and small.I am sure of one thing,I never got bored on any dives.It only gives you the wish to do another dive.
The best diving without an hesitation in Panama is Coiba island.
If you are a serious diver,dont hesitate dive Coiba.To get the real taste of it you must do at lease 10 dives and stay on the island wich is marvelous.Great on the green and spendid in the blue.The diving outside the Coiba park is also great.
Cant wait to go back and spend more time.
The small town of Santa-Catalina is realy cool.Good accomodations,good restaurants,good spirit all you need to end up with a happy stay.
Sorry but I have nothing negative to say.
Bring cash because plastic money is not there yet like the big tourist infrastucture.Hope it never comes.






































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