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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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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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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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