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Dive Review of Scuba Coiba in

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Gauthier, QC, CA (1 report, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
65   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
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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