Scuba Diving in Panama
Panama offers a great number of possibilities for scuba divers, due to that we own coasts on two oceans, with different currents, climate and organisms. We have so much, that are object of different scientific research and for commercial purposes.
Some companies have developed certificate courses on scuba diving, as Scuba Panama, Burbujas Tropicales, Neptuno, Scuba & Surf, among others.
Diving courses are available from US$ 150.00 for the basics and can rise up to US$ 300.00 for Dive Master. Prices include theoretical material and practices in pool and open water. A course can take 1 to 3 weeks, depending on its difficulty. On the way, they sale and rent equipment, and offer tours to different places to practice and enjoy our coasts.
Many persons can dive and learn to dive, but first priority would be to check out with your physician and other specialists concerning scuba diving, to know your possibilities on buoyancy, equalizing your ears, pulmonary capacity, heart, blood and kidneys health. All of this is to be sure you are going to perform correctly the new skills without problems underwater, on different pressure levels.
The best reasons for diving is to enjoy our nature, comprehend the importance of water, keep developing new skills, and search for treasures and for adventure.
As people need places for all this, Panama offers beautiful and historical locations to dive.
Pacific Coast, Characterized by sport fishing, with beautiful coral reefs:
-Contadora Island and Archipielago de Las Perlas
-Coiba National Park
Recommended from April to November, when the wind is soft and do not create currents.
Caribbean Coast, Wonderful coral reefs with a huge variety and number of algae, plants and animals:
-San Blas and its Archipielago
-Portobelo National Park
-Bocas del Toro
Recommended from April to November, when North winds are soft and do not create currents.
Canal, Gatun Lake for historical view of the submerged town and lines of the railroad. Recommended from January to April, for best visibility during dry season.