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Coiba opens again – Panama’s sharky destination – let’s talk about diving with sharks


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SHARK DIVING 1×1 – A BEGINNER GUIDE   For many people, sharks are scary monsters and jumping into the water, known for shark sightings, might sound like a crazy thing to do. Not so for scuba divers. To see a shark is the highlight on every dive. Many divers are becoming addicted to swimming with these perfectly adapted and gracious animals, patrolling our oceans for 420 million years. Unfortunately, less and less, as humans are killing them in the Hundreds […]

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Let’s start diving Coiba again – and help us to continue to provide first class diving to you


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12th of March 2020 – in full high season for Panama’s tourism industry – everything was turned upside down. Coiba National Park followed the example of schools and closed. A day later, boat travel was forbidden and diving has been stopped completely for the whole country. 7 months later on the 12th of October, the international airport and the hotel sector re-opened, but access to beaches stayed prohibited. Access to beaches and diving was allowed again on the 31st of […]

Dive- & Hotel Deals from $155 for 2 nights and b/f + 1 day diving Coiba


Hotel Cocobolo (Option with central location, all in walking distance)   The hotel opened during the summer of 2010. It is located only steps from the center of Santa Catalina on a quiet side road, within a short walk from beaches, restaurants, the surf break and dive shops. The hotel offers five air-conditioned, spacious and well-decorated rooms each with a ceiling fan, hot water and private balconies or patios where guests can relax and watch the sunset.Hotel Cocobolo  also has an […]

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2019 IDC (PADI Instructor course) on both sides Carribean and Pacific


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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor – 2019 Instructor Development Course (IDC) held partially in Santa Catalina Coiba. The course will be held partially in Panama City (theory and pool), Carribean and Pacific side of Panama. IDC PROGRAM PANAMA 2019: IDC A: 15th July – 30th July IDC B: 30th July – 15th Aug IDC C: 15th Aug – 30th Aug IDC D: 1st Nov – 15th Nov IDC E: 15th Nov – 30th Nov with Course Director Patrick Arendt Cost: […]

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New accommodation for Coiba Multi-Day trips offered for trips from November 2017 onwards


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 – Coiba Ranger Station has been closed by the government – but we found THE Alternative Location  After more than a year of workshops, consultations, meetings and working out new strategies to improve the accommodation situation of Coiba Ranger Station and promoting Coiba National Park as one of the future cornerstones to promote Sustainable Tourism in Panamá the Panamanian government decided end of October to close the Coiba Ranger Station and to cancel all existing and future reservations from 1st […]

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Special Offer July to September: Dive 2 or more days, get a FREE Specialty Certification


Specialty certification & Donation to Seashepherd for the price of normal Diving Package! Scuba Coiba is promoting the protection of marine turtles and supports Seashepherd’s Panama organization. Did you know that 6 of the 7 marine turtle species can bee found in Panamá? 4 of them can be found around Coiba National Park. All of them are classified either as vulnerable or endangeroued. June, July, August and September are the months, where most of them visit sandy beaches here to […]

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PROMOTION HOLIDAY Package from July to September 2017: Advanced certification & Specialty certification & Donation to Seashepherd for the price of a normal Advanced Course


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 […]

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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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