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Dive Review of Inula in
Panama/Panama + Colombia

Inula, Aug, 2013,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 7098.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 5 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 h 50 bar on the surface
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals 3 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 N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
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Snorkeling 2 stars
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Beginners 1 stars
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Comments Panama Coiba + Colombia Malpelo trip on catamaran Inula

Central America on the Pacific side still was a white spot on my destination list. I had seen many tempting pictures of hundreds of hammerheads cruising along above your head. I read some disturbing reports on rather bad vis, low temperatures, rather demanding dives in some washing machine like conditions. This so far had kept me away from these places. This year I thought, why not try. To make the most of it, I decided to at least visit two different spots there. Through internet research I learned of the Yemaya and the catamaran Inula, both offering trips to Coiba - Panama and Malpelo Colombia. The first boat seemed to be fully booked far into 2014, so I looked closer onto Inula. A small catamaran with 4 cabins and 2 heads only, I wondered if a guy like me, who needs his space, would be happy there. The adventurous part in me said, yes do it.
Went from Amsterdam, Netherland, on a direct flight (10.5 h) with KLM to Panama City. Cheaper flights from Europe on US airlines would have included at least one stop in Atlanta (Delta). I spent 3 nights in P. at the Country Inn & Suites close to the Canal and Bridge of America. Did a bit of sightseeing, which is really worth it, visited the old town and strolled through local markets. Taxi fares are real cheap, so it´s easy to see places. Alternative there is the hop on and off double-decker bus cruising through the town. A trip on the Canal is a must, it´s impressive to learn how much work it took to build this thing. Fascinating to see huge container ships being sluiced through the different cha ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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