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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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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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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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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 […]