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La Buga Dive Center & Surf School

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Established in 2007, “La Buga Dive & Surf” instantly built up a reputation as a reliable and renowned Dive Center & Surf School in Bocas del Toro. No matter if you decide to go diving or surfing with us, we will ensure that you will have a fabulous...more
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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Main Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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+507 757-9534
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Spent a month in Bocas and counted on La Buga as my home base (stopped by pretty much everyday) for surf trips, general information on Bocas, and cold beer/delicious drinks/delectable desserts. Always saw a friendly face when I walked in - shoutout to the particularly...More

3  Thank Kelsey Q
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 January 2012

I tested my air on the boat when I was putting together my equipment and discovered that there was only about 1,000 left (it was supposed to read 3,000). I wasn't the only one---everyone on the boat had the same issue. Two tank replacements later,...More

4  Thank sideeffex
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All reviews open water discover scuba these guys bocas del toro laid back diving experience good vibes fun diving ship wreck great staff learn how diving spots explained everything my boyfriend padi certification making sure amazing experience
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Bocas del Toro exceeded my expectations on many levels, including the wonderful dives I did with the awesome folks at La Buga Dive and Surf. I did five dives over 3 days, including a night dive, and a wreck dive. The team at La Buga...More

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labugadive, Director General at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your awesome review Ken! We had a great time taking you out. Come back anytime! The La Buga Team

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

They are awesome and so friendly. Very laid back environment and Luci was fantastic! Got certified here and took us to awesome places! My husband and I did 6 dives altogether and I recommend this place to everyone! Good food too and 2 for 1...More

Thank Heather C
labugadive, Director General at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you Heather! So cool that after your Discover Scuba Diving experience you decided to take your Open Water with us. You guys did a great job and we had a fun time with you and all your friends. Hope you had a safe trip...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had such an amazing time with La Buga dive shop! All of the staff were so incredibly friendly and helpful, I completed my advanced open water course and my instructor Leandro was fantastic! My boyfriend did the discover scuba diving, it was his first...More

Thank Kendra S
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What's up Kendra! Thank you so much for your review. We had a great time with you guys. Come back soon! The La Buga Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After spending a couple of days around book us town me and my girlfriend decided to go diving. My girlfriend took the advanced course, I personally took the discovery coarse and we could not be happier. The level of customer service was absolutely amazing, everybody...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Roman, so cool to take you underwater with the Discover Scuba Diving course. You made it very easy for us. Hope you had fun while catching some waves! The La Buga Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first open water dive since receiving our PADI certifications. Lucy was the best dive master. I was a bit nervous so Lucy stayed by my side during the dive and she was able to help me relax my breathing. I would highly...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review Scott. You did an excellent job while diving. Practice makes perfect, you will get there! Say hi to Chirsty too! The La Buga Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did my advanced Diving certification here and had the best time! My instructor Lucy was awesome and the rest of the staff was always really friendly and fun. The night dive was one of my favorite of all time—if you can make it happen...More

Thank Spencer O
labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What'sup Spencer! So cool to have you around, you did a great job on your advanced! Have a great time in Colombia and enjoy the rest of your trip. The La Buga Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I decided to stay in Bocas for 3 days to get Open Water certified at La Buga Dive shop. I had never really considered scuba certification but I am glad I went for it. The staff was amazingly friendly. The restaurant had...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your amazing review. So happy you had a good time with our instructor Ivan and glad to hear you're coming back for more. See you soon! The La Buga Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing experience scuba diving at La Buga! The staff and instructors are well knowledgeable and passionate about their work and friendly as well. And not to mention the food is really tasty as well can’t go wrong with having the famous La Buga...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review. Highly appreciaded and happy to hear that you liked our famous Buga Burger. Hope to see you again one day! The La Buga Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What fun! We had our niece's rehearsal dinner at La Buguita Ocean Lounge and afterward the couple had arranged for everyone to go on an excursion to witness the bioluminescence phenomenon. We all changed into bathingsuits and La Buga took us out in two boats...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Sammy. Happy to hear you had a good time while snorkeling with us, besides the rehearsal dinner at La Buguita. You guys are always welcome back here. The La Buga Team

Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

I was in Bocas Town with a friend of mine, we both are backpackers and had a great time here. As my last dive was over 3 years ago I was looking for an easy fun dive which is also affordable for a backpacker...found that...More

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labugadive, Manager at La Buga Dive Center & Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Filiz, thank you so much for your review. Kaly had a great time showing you the underwater world of Bocas del Toro. Thank you for the cool pic too! The La Buga Team

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Response from Kelly T | Reviewed this property |
As far as the diving, I would say absolutely. I was in Boca Town one evening on my own and did not feel unsafe. Not sure how comfortable I would have been traveling to and from Bocas del Torro on my own. We traveled... More
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juliaburton
Hola! My husband and I are in our 50s but fairly adventurous and interested in booking a dive(s) with you. We're newly certified open water divers and La Buga Dive Center was recommended to us by Ocean First in Boulder Colorado, a popular dive shop in the mountain of Colorado :-) who trains divers and books international dive trips. They work with Kim at Reef and Rainforest who recommended La Buga Dive Center. I've been wanting to come back to Bocas del Toro ever since I visited 10 years ago. What can you tell me about traveling there in March or April? What is the weather like in March/April? Some say it's extra rainy and some say it doesn't matter because its rainy all year. Is it known to also be sunny? We want to explore the area but likely stay in one place in Bocas del Toro. Can you give me any tips regarding where to stay? In Bocas town? Isla Carenero? Other? Any information will be useful. Muchas gracias! Julia FYI Amy at Ocean First is the Director of Travel and Retail. It might be a good contact to have for future business. Their website is Ocean First dot blue "Our mission is to create and support a community of ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about experiencing and preserving our marine environments. Whether swimming, diving, or experiencing the ocean in their own sublime way, our customers share an infectious passion and excitement that transcends their daily lives. Our love of the ocean is the inspiration for our swim and dive instruction, travel services, marine biology education, and sustainability. Our approach to ocean conservation is simple - we believe a healthy ocean is a healthy planet."
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Response from Jovan_10 | Reviewed this property |
Excellent dive enter. Stay in Bocastown. We stayed at M&M and loved it. The studio ap is right on the water. We also stayed on Isla Caranero which has biting bugs of some sort. They spare no one so I wouldn't recommend... More
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