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Dive Review of Coiba Dive Center in
Panama/ Isla Coiba

Coiba Dive Center: "Good (not great) Eastern Pacific Diving", Jan, 2016,

by Sean Bruner, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 8802.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Islas Revillagigedo, Hawaii, Cozumel, Roatan, BVI
Closest Airport Panama City Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We had to stay together and surface together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We drove six hours from Panama City to Santa Catalina where we spent the night in a nice, small hotel up on the hill, the Sol y Mar, run by a Portuguese expat, where we heard German, Portuguese, Italian, French and, of course, English and Spanish, during the course of dinner. We left our dive bags off at the dive shop down by the harbor and in the morning headed off on our first dives. We had elected to stay on Coiba Island, a national park and world heritage site, for the next two nights. You may want to elect to stay in Santa Catalina, however, and endure the 45 minute to 1 hour boat rides to the dive sites. That's because the accommodations on the island are worse than basic. You are assigned to a dormitory with eight single beds. We were lucky to have it to ourselves, but it is primitive. No hot water, no towels, no soap and electricity only from dusk to dawn. It did have a window air conditioner, however; otherwise it would have been impossible to sleep. The dive guides sleep in a tent ... really. Also, lath ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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