Tel. 507-317 6754
Fax. 507- 317 6754
Panama's best reef diving. An exclusive eco-lodge with
over-the-water bungalows and private sundecks near the
SanBlas Islands. Kayaking, rainforest trekking, beautiful
beaches, sportfishing, island cruises.
La Buga Dive Center
Bocas del Toro
Tel. +507 7579534
Proffesional Dive Center in Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Beautifull dives for all level. Shallow reefs with no
currents and good vis for beginners to Cave and Deep
diving. Great place to learn Scuba
Number of Dive Boats: 3
Maximum Number of Divers: 18
Number of Tanks per Day: 36
Gear Provided: Yes
Rental Gear Available: Yes
Type of Diving: Reefs, Caves, Wreck and Night
Nitrox Available: No
Total Dive Sites: 16
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 3 min
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 80 min
Training Agency: PADI
Courses Offered: Up to Assistant Instructor
Panama Divers (Pacific & Caribbean Diving)
Panama City, Republic of Panama
Ph. USA: (850) 443-7776
Fax. (850) 539-0298
Commitment is the word that best describes the Panama
Divers Team. We are committed to providing each and
every customer with the absolute best vacation experience
whether diving the oceans, snorkeling the beaches or
staying with us at our oceanside accommodations Octopus
Garden Hotel & Dive Resort.
it is snorkeling or tank diving,divers are bound to
find their appeal in any of the various waters of Panama.
Panama offers both, the lively and colorful clarity
of Caribbean style Atlantic; the vast and mysterious
Pacific Ocean full of large marine species, exactly
where Balboa discovered it; and the jungle encircled
Gatun Lake, bed of the Panama Canal.
The isthmus of Panama, running on an east-west axis,
finds the Atlantic Ocean on its northern shores. Starting
from the west, the first dive site is Bocas del Toro.
The scuba diving in and around Bocas can be enjoyed
throughout the year, with most of the dive spots no
more than one hour boat ride from Bocas town. The water
temperatures is very tropical and constant, so full
or even short wetsuits are not required. Water visability
varies from one dive spot to another, and is always
dependent on weather conditions. The months of September
and October are traditionally the better months, due
primarilly to more suitable climatic conditions. During
this period there is less rain and wind, allowing for
clearer water conditions.
Airports in Panama
Tocumen International - Capital - Panama
Enrique Malek International - David - Chiriquí
Rubén Cantú Airport - Santiago - Veraguas
Captain Alonso Valderrama Airport - Chitre - Herrera
Penonomé Airport - Penonomé - Cocle
Marcos A. Gelaber Airport - Albrook - Panama
Bocas del Toro Airport - Bocas Island - Bocas del Toro
Captain Manuel Niño Airport - Changuinola - Bocas
Port Armuelles Airport - Fontera - Chiriquí
Ramón Xatruch Airport - La Palma - Darién
Scarlett Martinez Airport - Rio Hato - Coclé
Enriquez A. Jiménez Airport - Frank Field - Colón
Pedasí Airport - Via El Arenal beach- Los Santos
International Airlines Serving Panama
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
LACSA (Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A)
Depending on your nationality, you may be required to
have a valid passport and a visa or a $5.00 tourist
card. Tourist cards may be bought at the airline counter
at the time of departure.
United States and Canadian citizens need only a valid
passport and tourist card to visit Panama. Tourist cards
cost about five dollars and are available both on your
arrival in Panama from the immigration authorities and
through most airlines. A tourist card gives you an automatic
30-day stay, and is extendable for another 60 days.
Travelers from other countries should consult with the
Panamanian consulate or embassy in that country to obtain
the latest information on entry requirements. When entering
the country, you may only bring up to one carton of
cigarettes and 3 bottles of liquor. Like other countries,
you may be fined and charged for leaving Panama with
products made from endangered species.
The national tourist agency Instituto Panameño
de Turismo (IPAT) has its headquarters in the Centro
Atlapa on Via Israel in Panama City. IPAT also has an
information counter located at the airport. In addition,
there are many tourist centers dispersed throughout
the country. The IPAT offices found throughout Panama
are there to answer questions and help visitors explore
the country. More than 50 foreign embassies and consulates
are located in Panama City.
If your stay is confined to Panama City, don't bother
with buses or rental cars. Taxis are available for reasonable
fares. Choose a relatively new car that is in good condition.
The slightly higher fare is more than worth it for reliability
and cold air conditioning. For longer trips or journeys
to remote areas, plan to get a vehicle with four-wheel
drive capability, as you may be driving on rugged terrain.
These vehicles are popular and run out fast, so plan
ahead. Most major towns have car rental agencies, so
renting a car is a relatively easy process. It's important
to bring the rental reservation document that states
the agreed upon rate. Remember, you must be at least
23 years old to rent a car. All major rental car agencies
are represented in Panama.
The Pan American Highway, also known as Interamerican
Highway, joins Panamanian cities with Costa Rica. At
this time, the Darién jungle continues to be
impenetrable, preventing access by land to Colombia.
A tour by car along the Transisthmic Highway joins Panama
City with Colón. Even the most remote areas of
Panama are accessible by paved secondary roads. The
bus service is good and covers the entire country as
well as the other countries in Central America and Mexico.
Most Panamanians are Roman Catholic. However, due to
the great diversity in the country, there are numerous
churches, temples and synagogues all over the country.
There is freedom of religion in Panama.
Although the official language in Panama is Spanish,
English is widely spoken and understood in the major
The country enjoys an agreeable tropical climate and
an average daytime temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit,
with cooling in the evenings. The average humidity is
70%. The rainy season goes from May to December. Throughout
the dry season, trade winds keep the air continuously
cool. In the mountains, the average temperature is between
50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Light clothes are recommended. Business clothing is
formal. A light jacket for men and a tailored suit or
a two-piece pants suit for women is recommended. A wide-brim
hat and sun glasses are necessary if you go to the shore
Panama time is the same as the United States Eastern
Standard Time (GMT -5).
Electricity and Public Services
The current is 110w - 60hz and 220w. Telephone and international
cable services in Panama are excellent. There is a direct-dial
system to locations inland and all over the world. Our
country code is 507.
Since 1904, the United States dollar has been the legal
currency in Panama. The Balboa, the Panamanian monetary
unit, is par valued with the dollar. Prices can be expressed
in Balboas (B/.) or in Dollars ($). Traveler cheques
and credit cards are widely accepted. The International
departure duty is US$20.00, payable in the airport.
The hotel tax is 10%. The added tax value to products
and services, with the exception of food and medicines
More than 150 international banks and their branches
operate in Panama. The United States, Brazil, Colombia,
Venezuela, Taiwan, Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Germany,
the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, China, Spain,
France and others are represented here. The banking
hours vary, but most of them are open from Monday to
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Some banks offer
services on Saturday.
No vaccines or pills are necessary prior to visiting
our country. Remember, the tropical sun can be strong;
so itís wise to take protective sunglasses and sunscreen
with you. Although Panama is indeed a tropical country,
mosquito control is effective. Exceptions would include
hiking and over-nighting in the jungle, in which case
you should use protective insect repellant. Panama is
the only country in Latin America where you can drink
water straight from the tap.
Panama was given the highest ranking (along with the
United States) for tourist safety from the Pinkerton
Intelligence Agency. But as with any foreign destination,
it is not advisable to walk around the streets flashing
your money or valuable belongings. Reports of people
being pickpocketed in Panama are rare, but itís best
to assume that pickpockets are around. Just use common
sense and your intuition to protect yourself. Remember
that the less attention you draw to yourself, the less
likely you are to have an unpleasant experience.