How many people are there on the boat?
There are a maximum of six divers, one instructor, one boat assistant and one captain on the boats.
Is it safe to bring children/infants onto the boat/island?
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.
Do you offer snorkeling?
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.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
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.
Do I need a dive computer?
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.
Should I dive with Nitrox?
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.
Is diving possible during the rainy season?
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.
Is diving in Coiba National Park suitable for beginners/courses?
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.
Can I dive on my own?
Due to the sometimes difficult conditions and unexpected changes in currents and climate, we do not allow our clients to dive without in-water supervision by one of our dive masters/instructors, no matter what their certification level may be. Safety first!
Can I touch the animals under water?
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.
Can you guarantee that I will see whale sharks/dolphins/humpback whales…?
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.
Can I collect shells on the beaches in Coiba National Park?
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.
Do you have a dry spot on your boat?
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.
Do I need to bring food/water on the trip?
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. .
Do I need dive insurance to dive with you?
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.
Do I need to know my certification number?
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.
Do I have to make a deposit to ensure my booking?
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.
Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, you can pay with Visa or Master Card. Please note that the entrance fee to the park needs to be paid in cash.
Do you charge extra if I pay with my credit card?
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.
Do I get a discount if I bring my own equipment?
There are no discounts for bringing your own equipment.
If I lose or damage equipment form you, will you charge me?
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.
How much is my entrance fee to the park?
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.
What do I need to bring the day of the tour?
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.
What services are available in Santa Catalina?
There is a pharmacy. There is no bank, no ATM, 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.
Is internet available?
Yes, high speed internet is available at our shop. But when the electricity goes, so does the WiFi.