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The Most Recent Panama Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name/Area Reporter Dive Date
Golden Frog Scuba Review [same] / Portobello Jim Tompkins 2017/11
Bocas Dive Center Review Red Frog Resort / Playa del Toros William Wallis 2017/06
ScubaCaribe Review [same] / Playa Blanca Harvey S. Cohen 2016/12
Liquid Jungle Lab Review Liquid Jungle Research Lab / Isla Canales de Tierra Tracy E. Johnson 2016/09
Boca Dive Center Review Hotel Palma Royale / Bocas del Toro Sean Bruner 2016/01
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Diving Panama Articles - Liveaboards

Fiji, Iceland, Maldives, Raja Ampat, trouble in Cozumel, a bad critter-handling policy in Kauai, 5/15

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M/V Yemaya, Coiba Island, Panama, An alternative to Cocos and Mapelo, 2/11
Panamas Coiba National Park, 2/11

Diving Panama Articles - Land Based

Pedasi, Isla Coiba and Bocas del Toro, Panama, a whirlwind dive trip, with great surface intervals, 5/15

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Thumbs Down: Gamboa Tours, Panama, 2/09
Thumbs Down: Scuba Coiba and Coiba National Park, Panama, 4/08
Scuba Coiba, Panama, Pacific Coast, from penal colony to protected marine site, 5/07
On the Run in Panama, 3/07
Scuba Coiba, Santa Catalina, Panama, still unspoiled ... for now, 3/06

Panama Sections from Our Travelin' Diver's Chapbooks

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Panama

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Beneath Cold Seas Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest
by David Hall

It's hard enough to take a first-rate photo of reef life in the best of conditions. Try doing it in murky, bone-numbingly cold water while wearing a dry suit with 40-plus pounds of weights around your waist, and thick, insulating gloves that make it hard to use the camera controls. That's what David Hall had to endure while photographing in Canadian waters, but those physical disadvantages make Beneath Cold Seas all the more amazing.

Hall's book successfully disputes the belief that cold-water reefs are drab and dismal. He has regularly photographed the world's most beautiful dive spots for major magazines from National Geographic to Time. While Hall's shots are taken entirely at Browning Passage in British Columbia, the reef life he shoots resides along the Pacific Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska, and they are as diverse and spectacular as any creature in Raja Ampat or Fiji.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.



Reef Fish Identification Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

The latest edition in the popular Paul Humann series of marine life books. The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fishes from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat. The book is dedicated to Baja Legend Alex Kerstitch and includes several of his drawings and photographs. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish’s common, scientific and family names, size range, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution.
Illustrated/Hardcover. 364 pages, Amazon.com price: $27.17.



The Devil's Teeth: a true story of Obsession and Survival among America's Great White Sharks:
by Susan Casey

Perhaps the greatest gathering of great white sharks in the world is at the Farallon islands, 26 miles from San Francisco. Researchers have tracked and studied them for years and at least one diver still collects sea urchins in the midst of their gatherings. Journalist Susan Casey lived on these barren islands to write a fascinating, awe-struck account of the sharks, their amazing behavior, their killing strategies, their long distance travels, and life with the researchers. Click on this Undercurrent link to purchase the 304-page, hardbound, The Devil's Teeth at Amazon.com's best price, and all our proceeds will go to coral reef conservation.



An American Underwater Odyssey An American Underwater Odyssey: 50 Dives in 50 States
: by Charles Ballinger.

Underwater Odyssey is the story of a scuba diving safari to every state in America. Tired of touring coral reefs, the author embarks on a year-long quest to discover the incredible assortment of adventure diving found in our nation's backyard. His dogged determination to follow his dreams and explore everything from flooded missile sites to abandoned mines should be an inspiration for any diver. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides.
Order through us, get Amazon.coms best price and some of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.



Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

Shipping now is our brand new, 240-page book filled with the best of the unusual, the entertaining, and the jaw dropping stories Undercurrent has published. Theyre true, often unbelievable, and always fascinating. Were offering it to you now for the special price of just $9.99.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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