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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Why Coiba´s Marine Life is the most abundant in Panamá?


giant manta

The islands of Coiba National Park are linked by an underwater mountain chain to Cocos Islands (Costa Rica) and Galapagos (Ecuador).  These three island groups form together with Malpelo and Gorgonia (both Colombia) the greater protected area of the Tropical East Pacific Marine Corridor, one of the most productive eco systems of the world and a gathering ground for large pelagic animals like manta rays, mobula rays, whale sharks, tunas, marlins and sword fish. While Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo are […]

Diving and rooms available through Surf World Championship


"La Orca" & "Robin" at Coiba

Santa Catalina will host the 2013 ISA Surf World Championship from 4th to 13th of May. National teams, press and visiting surf fans will occupy a lot of the available beds in our hotels, hostels and cabins. 2 of Santa Catalina´s 3 dive centers will be closed for this period. Nevertheless, we will stay open during this time and offer daily dive trips to Coiba National Park. Many of Santa Catalina´s hotels will be full, but there is a number […]

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10 years of Scuba Coiba – 10 years of changes – continuing


When Scuba Coiba opened in 2003, it has been the first land based dive center offering access to Coiba National Park in Panama. Before, it was very difficult to dive here. It either was the expensive option, going on a live-a-board or the logistical nightmare, renting boats in Puerto Mutis and carrying all equipment and tanks with one on 3 to 4 hour trip one way. Another barrier was, that the prison in Coiba was still operating and the police […]

A lot of sightings even in partly bad visibililty in our latest Multi-Day Trips to Coiba


Between 20th of March and 3rd of April we had a continuous row of Multi-Day trips to Coiba National Park. Within two weeks 25 divers went on one of our Multi-Day trips and did 211 dives. The HIGHLIGHTS have been: 4 whale shark encounters 3 giant manta rays Several goliath grouper sightings Hundreds of mobulas One bull shark Harlequin shrimps Sea horses And the usual white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, turtles, moray eels, frog fish and schools […]

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10 Years Scuba Coiba – 10 years of changes – continuing


When I came to Santa Catalina the first time in spring 2003, the bus stopped in front of the beach and local fishermen carried in the catch of the day. Being used to the catches seen in Bocas del Toro and other places, it was obvious, that the stories heard about the amount and sizes of fish around Coiba Island are the truth. While working as diving instructor in Bocas del Toro since 2000 I have met tourists, who told […]

10 Years Scuba Coiba – a review of 10 years of changes


   In 2013 Scuba Coiba is celebrating its 10th birthday. It is the story of setting up a dive center as close as possible to Coiba National Park. When I arrived in June 2003 at Santa Catalina the first time, the road was paved only to the small village of Los Tigres, the last 18 kms to Sta. Catalina was on a muddy dirt road, the bus ride from Soná took 3 hours. The 2 daily buses have been pretty […]

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Season of Mantas and other Pelagic Rays around Coiba


Although we see them also in other months of the year February to May is the best time to see several species of pelagic rays. Cold nutrient rich water from the sea floor is brought by upwelling, caused mainly by the Humboldt Current, to the surface. This upwelling starts usually around mid of February, but this year it started already after the January New Moon in the third week of January. These nutrients support abundant microscopic life, what together with […]

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PADI Open Water Course Mon 11th – Thu 14th of Feb


Scuba Coiba has still space on our next PADI Open Water Course, starting with academics Monday 11th of Feb, continuing with pool training the 12th and 2 days of diving (including Coiba National Park). For more info please contact us at info@scubacoiba.com or tel (507) 6980-7122

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