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FAQS

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HOW DO I GET TO BOCAS DEL TORO?

Bocas del toro can be accessed by boat or plane. There is a small international airport on the main island, Isla Colon. You can book a flight straight to bocas from both Panama city and the city of David. You can also get to bocas by over night coach bus from Panama city to the port Almirante  and from there 15-20 min boat ride to the island. 

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WHAT CURRENCY DO THEY USE IN PANAMA?

Panama runs on $US currency and most business only take cash. exchanging money on the island can be a difficult task.

HOW MANY ATM'S ARE ON THE ISLAND?

there are now 3 working ATM's located on Isla Colon. during high season beware the ATM's do run out of cash!

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA DIVE SCHOOL?

We are located on Isla Carenero. just a one minute taxi boat ride from the main island.

the Carenero Boteros taxi boat dock is located on 1st street down Ave central from the central park. the entrance to the boat dock is next to tropical birds restaurant.

the fair is $1 per person. Ask your Captain to take you to "panama dive school, la escuela de buceo"

HOW OFTEN DO YOU START OPEN WATER COURSES?

we can begin an open water course any day of the week weather we already have an on going course or not.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME FOR MY DIVE COURSE?

we provide all materials and equipment needed for your PADI course.
We recommend you bring lunch with you as isla Carenero is a small island and options are limited.

IS PADI CERTIFICATION GOOD FOR LIFE?

Yes! your PADI certification never expires and is recognized all over the world

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET DIVING CERTIFIED?

Our PADI dive courses range from $100 - $340 USD 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE?

Most PADI courses take a minimum of 3 days to get certified

HOW FAR IN ADVANCED DO I HAVE TO BOOK MY FUN DIVE TRIP/COURSE?

minimum one day notice for morning dives. we accept walk ins for certified divers. if we have space on board your welcome to join!

DO I HAVE TO LEAVE A DEPOSIT FOR MY FUN DIVE TRIP/COURSE?

Yes. we take a small $20 deposit per fun diver to reserve your spot on the boat and $50 deposit for PADI courses to book your instructor.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY FUN DIVE TRIP?

all gear is included in the price of your fun dive.
here are a few things you can bring:

reusable water bottle
reef safe sunscreen 
hat and sunglasses 
towel

WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS?

We accept cash and paypal!

HOW FAR IN ADVANCED DO I HAVE TO BOOK MY DIVE TRIP OR COURSE?

minimum one day notice for morning dives. we accept walk ins for certified divers. if we have space on board your welcome to join!

CAN I DIVE IF IM NOT CERTIFIED?

Yes this program is called discover scuba diving 

HOW DIFFICULT IS DIVING IN BOCAS COMPARED TO OTHER PARTS OF PANAMA ?

Diving in Bocas del Toro is extremely easy and accessible for diver of all levels. small tidal change on the Caribbean side allows for very consistent conditions

HOW FAR AWAY ARE THE DIVE SITES?

Most of our dive sites are no more then a 10 minute boat ride away. (with exceptions of seasonal dive sites)

HOW MANY DIVERS PER GROUP?

we like to keep small groups underwater. 4 divers per divemaster. we add one DM per every 2 additional divers.

HOW DEEP ARE THE DIVES?

diving in Bocas is shallow with the exception of Tiger Rock. most dive sites reach a max depth of 16-18m/55ft-65ft with an adverage depth of 10m-14m/33ft-45ft on the reefs. this means lots of light and long bottom times!

WHATS THE BEST SEASON FOR DIVING IN BOCAS DEL TORO?

Diving season in Bocas del Toro is year round! however The best season for diving is late August to early November. this is cave diving season. Swell is down and seas are flat this time of year allowing safe and beautiful conditions to explore Isla Bastimentos intricate cave systems

WHEN CAN I DIVE TIGER ROCK?

Tiger Rock is one of Panama's Best dives! this dive is only available in  September to advanced divers

DO YOU DIVE IF ITS RAINING?

saftey is priority but luckly in bocas most of our dive sites are protected in the bay and are safe to visit on rainy days. if conditions appear unsafe we can postpone until conditions improve.

WHAT IS VISIBILITY LIKE AT YOUR DIVE SITES?

year round dive sites get and average of 8-10m/25-33ft

WHAT TIME DO YOU GUYS GO DIVING?

morning 2 tank dive - 9am at the dive shop - returning around 1pm

afternoon 2 tank dive - 1.30pm at the dive shop - returning around 4.30pm

night dive 1 tank dive - 6.30pm at the dive shop - returning around 8pm

*students arrive one hour early for gear assembly and skill briefing

DO YOU OFFER NITROX?

No. the reefs in the bocas del toro area are spotted reefs that break up along the bottom and the best parts of the reef can be observed best by moving from site to site instead of doing longer dives at one site. with only a small boat rides in between dive sites.

HOW LONG IS A REGULAR FUN DIVE?

fun dives can be anywhere from 50 - 70 mins under the water depending on air consumption