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Dive Review of ScubaCaribe in
Panama/Playa Blanca

ScubaCaribe: "Surprisingly good place for a couple of dives", Dec, 2016,

by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 9436 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Gulf of Eilat, Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Fiji, Palau, Coral Sea, Galapagos, many Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, National Aquarium, Dutch Springs, Silfra (Iceland)
Closest Airport Rio Hato Getting There We took a rental car from Tocumen Intl Airport at Panama City-- around 2.5 hours if you circle north to avoid downtown traffic.
The dive shop is at the Hotel Riu. We stayed at the JW Marriott a mile down the beach, so the shop sent a boat to pick me up and drop me off.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 15 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You really want to stay with the guide. Viz is very poor, there is no dinghy chasing your bubbles, and the most of the dive is not line-of-sight to the dive boat because the island blocks the view.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None 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 N/A
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 N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I booked a 2-tank dive one day, just to stay in practice for warm-water scuba. Based on what few reports I could find on the Web, I expected very little other than warm water. The standard dive site is a small rocky island a few hundred meters from the beach. Dives have to be timed a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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