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Planning your Trip

Yes. The diving in Coiba National Park is suitable for all levels, and we have beautiful calm bays from which we do our confined water dives during our courses.

Yes. If you just want to give it a go, you can do a PADI Discover Scuba Dive or, if you are ready for the real deal, sign up for the PADI Open Water Diver course.

No, unfortunately we do not offer snorkeling. There are a number of local operators who will find the best snorkel spots for you. We specialize on diving and will choose sites according to divers needs only.

Yes. Please bring your card. If you have lost it we are able to look you up online if you have a PADI or SSI certification. You will not be able to dive with us without proof of certification.

Even though it is not compulsory, we highly recommend that you purchase dive insurance or ensure that your travel insurance covers scuba diving activities. We do not sell dive insurance.

There is a pharmacy, two small supermarkets and a fruit and vegetable store.

There is no bank, no ATM (so bring enough cash), no doctor and no post office.

While it is possible to get petrol here, it is much more expensive, so if you are coming by car, we recommend filling up in Soná, just before the turn-off to Santa Catalina.

Yes, we can help you organize accommodation. We do charge an administrative fee for this, so to help you, here is a list of hotels and hostels that you can contact directly. If you would like us to take care of it, you can have a look at our packages.

Yes, high speed internet is available at our shop. But when the electricity goes, so does the WiFi.

Only certified minors who are 12 years or older are welcome to join our tours. The minimum age to do a scuba diving course is 10 years old.

Absolutely. Just keep in mind: in the rainy season you’ll most likely get wet in the boat, and the rides can be a bit bumpy due to sea conditions. We highly recommend bringing a rain jacket and/or something warm to wear in between dives.

If you are in Santa Catalina for a limited amount of time, we recommend making a reservation. Especially in the high season our boats are sometimes full days in advanced. If all your questions have been answered, you can go ahead and book here.

If you have some flexibility and would like to stay in the area for a few days, feel free to just pop in to say ‘Hi’ and check out availability.

Yes, you do. When you make a reservation, you will be sent a link so you can fill in the waiver before your arrival to simplify the check in process. If you don’t have time before your trip or are already on the road, you can also fill it in here upon arrival.

Have a look at our waivers.

Money and Payments

Yes. In order to plan our trips we need confirmation that you are going to come in the form of a non-refundable deposit. You can do this via our secure booking site using a credit card. Contact us for further information on other payment methods. Final payment is due the day before the trip.

Yes, you can pay with Visa or Master Card. Please note that the entrance fee to the park needs to be paid in cash.

When you make an online booking, there will be both, a booking fee and a credit card surcharge. For any payments made directly at the shop, there is no additional fee when using your credit card.

While the official currency is the balboa, Panama does not print its own money and the US dollar is used.

There are no discounts for bringing your own equipment.

We ask you to look after our equipment very carefully. While we account for general wear and tear, you will be charged for lost or grossly damaged equipment. You will be asked to sign an agreement.

The daily entrance fee is $20 for foreigners and $5 for Panamanians and residents. Please bring proof of your nationality or resident status, as we will ask to see it in the shop where we collet all the fees.

Of course, BTC and XRP! Simply contact us to find out how.

The Big Day

If you have made a reservation, we would like you to come to the dive shop the day before your booked trip to try on rental fins (if you are not bringing your own) and verify other rental gear sizes. Also, if possible, we like to finalize payments, take a copy of your passport and verify your certification the day before, so that on the day of the tour all you need to think about is diving. If you are arriving in Santa Catalina after 6.30pm, please be at the shop no later than 7.15am (we have coffee!).

If you do not make a reservation, we recommend coming in as soon as you arrive in Santa Catalina to check availability and sign up for the day you’d like to dive.

In the dry season all you will need to bring is sun protection. While the boats have shade, you will still be exposed to the sun quite a bit. We recommend a long sleeve shirt to cover yourself (sarong, hat…) and reef-friendly sunscreen. In the rainy season you should bring a rain jacket as well as sunscreen, we never know what the day might bring.

We provide a sandwich, fruit and water. If you tend to feel hungry when diving, we recommend you bring a snack for the ride back. We provide water from the tap in reusable aluminum bottles in order to reduce our impact on the environment. In most areas the water in Santa Catalina is safe to drink (check with your hotel first, since it depends where they get their water from). You are welcome to bring your own water if you don’t want to drink tap water or even bring your own bottle and refill it here.

We recommend you do not bring valuables, important papers or electronics onto the boat. Especially during the rainy season, we can’t guarantee that your things will remain dry.  If you’d like to bring a towel or a jacket, we have a few dry bags you can borrow to keep them dry during the trip. At the shop we have a safe in which you can place any valuables you don’t want to leave at the hotel.

There are a maximum of 6 divers, 1 instructor, 1 boat assistant and 1 captain on the boats.

There will be a maximum of 6 divers per instructor underwater. If you are doing an Open Water Course or a DSD, there will be a maximum of 4 people in the group.

It is up to you what kind of protection you want to wear. When temperatures drop we highly recommend the use of a wetsuit in order to keep you warm and make for a more enjoyable dive, but during the warmer months some divers choose to only wear a rash guard. We have ScubaPro 3mm long wetsuits available for you.

If you don’t have your own computer, you (or your buddy team) will be given one to use at no additional cost. During the briefing we will explain how to use it, if you are unfamiliar with it.

Due to our profiles it is not really necessary to dive with Nitrox. However, if you feel more comfortable using Enriched Air or are planing on doing a lot of diving, just let us know and we will mix it for you at 32%. It’s only $10 extra per tank. Please remember to bring your Nitrox certification. If you don’t have one, you can get certified with us.

Due to the sometimes difficult conditions and unexpected changes in currents and climate, we do not allow our divers to dive without in-water supervision by one of our dive masters/instructors, no matter what their certification level may be. Safety first!

Absolutely not. All our dive sites are located in Coiba National Park, and no animals may be touched. During a strong current, it may be necessary to hold onto something. Make sure it is a rock and not coral, since coral is a living organism that will die (or cause painful stings) if you touch it.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any sightings. It is highly likely that you will see most animals in season, but we are all at the mercy of Mother Nature.

The islands that you will be taken to are within the limits of a national park, and therefore it is not allowed to take anything.

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