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PROMOTION Package from 16th of April till 21st of May 2017: Advanced certification & Specialty certification & Donation to Seashepherd for the price of a normal Advanced Course


Scuba Coiba is promoting the protection of sharks and supports Seashepherd’s current campaign OPERATION TREASURED ISLANDS, launched by Seashepherd in April 2017 covering the area of the “Cocos Plate” with its “sharky” outcroppings Galapagos (Ecuador), Malpelo (Colombia), Cocos (Costa Rica) and Coiba (Panamá), a zone of incredible bio-diversity. The mission of the campaign is to show the abuse and damage of illegal shark fishing practices in these national parks, remove ghost nets and long lines and report poachers to the authorities. Divers should […]

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Job Possibilities at Scuba Coiba Santa Catalina


Change your life – Live your dream – Work in Paradise! Our dive center is located in Santa Catalina on Panama´s Pacific coast and has been the first dive center organizing trips to the former prison island and now UNESCO World Heritage site Coiba National Park. We cater to international customers, mainly from North America and Europe, offering diving tours and diving courses all around the year. We hire: PADI instructor or Dive Master, starting April / May 2017 Requisits: Panamanian […]

La Orca – the only real dive boat on Coiba – running again


La Orca, our customs built dive boat, featuring tank racks for 16 tanks, and seats for 10 divers – 5 on each side of the boat, is running again after an overhaul and fitting a completely rebuilt engine. This is just in time for the soon starting rainy season, as it is the only boat in Santa Catalina, outfitted with a cabin and a hardtop roof covering the whole length of the boat. Though it is still a “lancha” or […]

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PADI courses at Coiba National Park


Why not combine your first trial dive swimming with reef sharks and turtles? Why not do your PADI Open Water course with diving at Central America’s “best diving” (Lonely Planet)? Why not get your Advanced– and / or Specialty certification where you really see sea life and really have varying and challenging conditions? Ask the ORIGINAL Coiba Specialist Tel and whatsapp (+507)6980-7122 E-mail: info@scubacoiba.com Next PADI OPEN WATER course 17th to 19th of March. With e-learning 18th to 19th of […]

Planet Ocean


There are 5 Oceans which cover the earth’s surface and they are all connected to each other to form one huge ‘Global Ocean’. The global ocean is so vast that it takes up 71% of the planet. There are always new bits of information about the oceans popping up, however scientists and marine biologists have only really explored 5% of the ocean, even though it is such a small amount, we already know quite a lot. The largest ocean on […]

Coiba National Park`s Rich History and Beautiful Diving


Never heard of Coiba National Park? Well it is time to do so as you would miss out on some spectacular diving here. Funnily enough Coiba National Park and its special Zone of Marine Protection, is still not very well known among the diver community despite of its vast variety of marine flora and fauna. Thanks to its upstream water of the deep sea mixing with Pacific currents mesmerizing underwater sceneries are found in Coiba. Species as large as whale […]

Meet Coiba National Park’s: Tito the Crocodile


Well, one of the highlights on Coiba Island is Tito the crocodile. And we are going to tell you a little about him before you might meet him yourself.  Coiba Island is the ideal habitat for Crocodiles with primary tropical rain forest, 150 miles of coastline, numerous rivers and mangrove habitats. And the most famous one, frequenting the ranger station is TITO, (approx.) a 14 foot saltwater American crocodile. But don´t you worry, you are not going to dive with […]

New Prices for 2015


Scuba Coiba TheOriginal Dive Center

Dear fellow divers, Scuba Coiba, The ORIGINAL Dive Center in Santa Catalina and Coiba National Park always tried to provide the best possible service for the best possible price. Though the inflation rate has increased during the last Panamanian government, our prices are unchanged since 2012. From 2012 till now the price increase of products we need and labour costs has been roughly 12,1 %. Our prices till end of December 2014 are still the same as in 2012!. But from 1st of January we have to increase […]

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Now comes the time for whale encounters in Coiba – but follow the established procedures


If you visit Coiba between July and September it is more likely than unlikely to see humpback whales around. Every year end of May to beginning of June humpback whales from the cold south are coming to Coiba visiting the warm and shallow waters as a nursery ground. The females give birth to their calves here in July and teach them swimming and diving till October / November, when they start their way down south to their feeding grounds again. […]

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Dive Boat Orca rebuilt by our own Team


After a busy first two weeks in May we took our flagship “Orca” out of the water to do “some” mainatainance work – so we thought. When we took a part of the floor off, we saw, that after working many hours in rough waters for 5 years, a lot of the structure has been damaged and broken and that there even has not been enough or strong enough structure for the conditions we encounter in our dive trips to […]

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