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Coiba Dive Center

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Calle Principal, Santa Catalina 0352, Panama
+507 6774-0808
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Great Dive Center

Being a dive instructor myself, I am often more critical and sometimes more understanding than the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alex P
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Boquete, Panama
World class diving

The diving in Coiba exceeded expectations with huge numbers of white tip sharks cruising by, large... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
InspirationPure
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Toronto, Canada
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The Best Diving in Panama. Coiba Dive Center is located in the heart of Santa Catalina, Panama, just a one-hour boat ride to world class diving. Coiba National Park has been described by many as the "New Galapagos" and the "New Cocos," Isla Coiba is by far the best diving Panama has to offer.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good10%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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“day trip” (12 reviews)
“fish” (15 reviews)
“whale sharks” (9 reviews)
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Calle Principal, Santa Catalina 0352, Panama
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+507 6774-0808
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Being a dive instructor myself, I am often more critical and sometimes more understanding than the regular customer. My expectations were beyond met at CDC. Went out for a two tank dive. Quite an abundance in marine life. The boat was comfortable. The staff was...More

Thank Alex P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The diving in Coiba exceeded expectations with huge numbers of white tip sharks cruising by, large shoals of fish, many octupus and moray and the highlight was feeding manta rays day after day. The dive shop delivered a good service that was well organized with...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This dive shop is as good as any that we have been to in the world. We have dived in over 8 countries. This location has the best sea life we have ever seen. It is the only place we have returned to dive again....More

Thank Colin R
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CoibaDiveCenter, Owner at Coiba Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Colin & Elizabeth - great having you both back diving with us! Those were some great dives while you were here - still seeing the Giant Mantas (saw 2 yesterday!). Thanks again for everything, missing your Jolly Rancher candies.....Take care until next time, Julie

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really amazing trip. A day trip with 3 dives for me and my girlfriend snorkeling. Seen lots of whitetip shark, murenes, turtles, actopuses, barracuda’s, even manta Rays. With snorkeling they also saw a whaleshark. Lunch was good, people are Nice and take...More

2  Thank Robbin H
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CoibaDiveCenter, Owner at Coiba Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Robbin and Melissa, thanks for the great review. Will always remember the expression on her face when she returned from the trip that day "whale shark!!!" Your enthusiasm and excitement is why we love diving Coiba. So happy you had a great trip with...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

I had the most amazing dive with Julie and Alberto. I was lucky enough to be sharing a boat with a couple training for their open water so on location I had private dives with Julie . She was so amazing and kind ; it...More

1  Thank Kirsten W
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CoibaDiveCenter, Owner at Coiba Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Hi Kirsten. Really enjoyed diving with you also, especially our underwater dance! Keep up your enthusiasm! Julie

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

That was an amazing experience - my first scuba diving ever. Great location, great guides! The more advanced friends of mine met the gentle giant of the ocean - the whale shark. What are the odds! Everybody 100% satisfied! Thanks guys!

1  Thank Karolina B
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

I was amazed at all the wildlife (especially sharks) I saw on this dive. I would definitely recommend diving with these guys, they helped us book a night on the island in the shacks before getting into the country. I went diving with them almost...More

Thank Ben P
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

I did three days of diving with Coiba Dive Center, and I can highly recommend this dive shop! The dives were amazing, so many diffrent animals spotted both during the dives and from the boat. Giant manta ray, sharks, turtles, pilot whales, dolphins, hammer head.....More

Thank Petronella J
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

One of the best diving experiences of my life! Our dive instructor was Alba and I attribute my phenomenal experience to her. She literally held my hand and led me to sites I never dreamed of seeing; huge schools of fish, sharks, manta rays, dolphins,...More

Thank Tianti
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Me and my friend booked a snorkeling Daytrip with that company! From the very beginning to the end everything was just perfect! Good information, good equipment and a perfect guide! We stopped at 4 different times and saw so many animals! We were really lucky...More

1  Thank Michelle H
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cml94618
4 March 2018|
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Response from MBMVWA | Reviewed this property |
I'm just a previous traveler that used Coiba Dive Center but I just looked at their website and didn't see that they had closed. You probably need to contact them directly for an answer
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nacflynn
13 October 2017|
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Response from Colin R | Reviewed this property |
the visibility depends a lot on the current and storms. however, this is not the caribbean. so forget the viz. u will see some of the best wild life anywhere in the world.
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Kiwassa33
23 December 2015|
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Response from jagbze | Property representative |
The boat ride from Santa Catalina to Coiba National Park is approximately 1 hour.
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