Scuba Dive in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Welcome to La Buga Dive & Surf


We are a PADI 5 Star Center and Surf School located in the heart of Bocas town on Isla Colon.


If you would like to spent a thrilling day in, under and above the warm Caribbean water of world famous Bocas del Toro, we have all the facilities and would love to help make these moments a memorable experience for you! 


We offer a wide variety of services including first class dive trips, surf lessons and trips for all levels, Kayak and Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals and more.


Besides this we also have a very new and beautiful Glassbottom Boat, the only one in Panama! Come try it out with a tour, and watch the wonders of the underwater world right below you. Then hop in with some snorkeling gear to see it up close!


One of our unique selling points is our qualified national staff. They provide top quality service by constantly reflecting our core values: Safety, Convenience and Fun!


Our diveboat, 'El Tri'

la buga diveshop el tri bocas del toro


Discover E-learning!

If you’re looking for a flexible way to fit a scuba certification into your busy schedule or if you just prefer web based learning, then PADI’s online scuba programs are the way to go!


Whether you want to take scuba lessons for beginners or you’re ready to advance your scuba skills training, PADI eLearning is a convenient way to learn.

  • You can get started immediately with scuba knowledge development and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning system.
  • PADI continually adapts course content for online delivery, which means you should check back regularly to view newly released online programs.

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 Like to go Cave diving? For these caverns you only need your Open Water certification! Ask us when we can go! (seasonal)


La Buga Caves 

Click on the link and check out some videos to see what La Buga is all about: Click Here!


La Buga Staff


Core Values:


  • Safety - Our first priority is to provide the safest possible environment for your scuba dive or surf experience. This is accomplished by minimizing risk, maintaining equipment integrity and having trained personnel on-site at all times.                                                        

    For more on safety precautions and procedures, please read the Emergency Action Plan.                                            

  • Convenience - In line with a relaxed island mentality, we offer great flexibility giving you every opportunity to dive and surf with us according to your needs. Moreover, as a valued member of La Buga's growing customer base, you will find our staff ready and happy to assist you, both in and out of the water. We are prepared to support you with hotel reservations, taxi pick up, transportation between Panama City and any other services within our capabilities to make your stay on the beautiful islands as pleasant as possible.
  • Fun! - Fun is an essential aspect of any scuba diving and surfing experience! We trust in the enthusiasm of our qualified, friendly staff to guide you through the naturally enjoyable experience of underwater exploration and help you to build great long lasting memories of breathtaking Bocas del Toro!


With these values in mind, our PADI Instructors will teach you the skills you need to discover (or rediscover!) the wonders of scuba diving in Bocas del Toro.

Already certified? Our proficient dive masters will guide you through the myriad reefs that make the archipelago of our islands such a unique spot for underwater adventures.


Our award winning surf instructor will lead you through the thrill of riding your first wave on a surf board. If you're an advanced or experienced surfer, he will share some professional tips and local surfing advice to help you find your wave. 


For more information regarding courses, reservations, and dive sites please refer to topics listed on the left.


Questions or concerns? Feel free to contact us - you can expect a prompt response!

Our E-mail:   Whattsapp +50767810755







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