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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dive Operators Scuba Coiba from Santa Catalina and Dive Base Coiba from Pixvae organized the removal and disposal of big fishing nets and long lines covering parts of several dive sites of Coiba National Park. The project was funded by Rancho Estero cabins in Santa Catalina, voluntary work was given by the professional divers Ben Harris, Christophe Mangano, Kevan Mantell and Herbie Sunk. The official authority for the National Park ANAM was so genorous to exonorate us from paying park […]
Since MarViva stopped patrolling the Coiba National Park, illegal fishing (sport- and commercial fishing) inside the park sadly is getting to a serious problem again. Recently we discovered a big fishing net covering a major part of a dive site called “Bajo 20”. After reporting this to ANAM (the Panamanian Environmental Agency), who is in charge to manage, maintain and protect this UNESCO World Heritage Site, nothing has to be done to remove the net and minimize the damage. With support […]
The two last mooring systems have been installed yesterday (the 2nd of July) at the dive sites of Shark City and Frijoles Ridge. Mission complete! Within the next week we will re-install twenty mooring systems at the Las Perlas Archipelago at the Bay of Panama.
Scuba Coiba has been contracted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Conservation International to install and monitor forty new mooring buoys at dive and snorkel sites throughout Coiba National Park. The operation, coordinated and supervised by dive professional Kevan Mantell, was started on May 16th and will terminate by end of this month. The moorings will not only have a positive impact on conservation and sustainable use of the dive sites at Coiba, but also will increase the safety […]