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Dive Review of Golden Frog Scuba in
Panama/Portobello

Golden Frog Scuba: "Diving in Portobello Panama", Nov, 2017,

by Jim Tompkins, NC, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9987.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Ray Sanchez owner of Golden Frog Scuba made the arrangements for a hotel and meals in Portobello. The hotel (El Bongo) was comfortable and the meals were good. A working knowledge of Spanish would be useful in translating menus and communicating with staff.
We were diving in the rainy season (November). The tropical forest comes down to the shore and streams carry silt out into the dive sites. The dry season December -March would probably bring better diving conditions.

We were traveling as a group of nine divers. The service provided by Ray Sanchez and his staff at Golden Frog Scuba was excellent. Diving was conducted safely. Diving was conducted from open boats with sun covers on them. The dive ladders were easy to use and the staff provided assistance if needed. The surface interval between two dives was taken at a beach with maintained porta poddies and we just floated in shallow warm water eating fresh pineapple and cookies provided by Golden Frog.

I do not know if I would go to Panama just to scuba dive, but as part of a land tour it was enjoyable.
Websites Golden Frog Scuba   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Palau, Yap, Tahiti, Fiji, Chuck, Maldives, Raja Ampat, Thailand
Closest Airport Panama City Getting There Copa Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We dove as a group with dive guides front and back
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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