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Central America

Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica
Geographic coordinates: 9° 0' N, 80° 0' W
Coastline km: 2,490 km km
Climate: tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season (May to January), short dry season (January to May)
Terrain: interior mostly steep, rugged mountains and dissected, upland plains; coastal areas largely plains and rolling hills
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Volcan de Chiriqui 3,475 m
Natural hazards: occasional severe storms and forest fires in the Darien area
Currency: balboa (PAB); US dollar (USD)
Population: 3,191,319 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Spanish (official), English 14%; note - many Panamanians bilingual
Capital: Panama
Divisions: 9 provinces and 1 territory*: Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, Cocle, Colon, Darien, Herrera, Los Santos, Panama, San Blas*(Kuna Yala), and Veraguas

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Zones (6) Dive sites Sub zones
Bocas del Toro 2 0
Chiriqui 1 0
Colon 7 2
Los Santos 2 0
San Blas (Kuna Yala) 5 0
Veraguas & Isla Coiba 5 1

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Quality Avg depth Max depth Experience Dive type
Isla Farallon 2 / -
9 m 17 m CMAS ** / AOW
Las Monjas 3 / -
16 m 30 m CMAS * / OW
Los Frayles 9 / -
15 m 25 m CMAS * / OW


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By AndresNOB
Oct 3, 2012
AOW 1 - Primer buceo de la certificacion AOW, buena visibilidad, 20 metros,  Barracudas, cardumenes de sardinas. Mucho pez leon. Dive master Jorge de Panama Divers Portobello  

Airplane Wreck
By AndresNOB
Sep 16, 2012
AOW 5 - Buceo de entrenamiento AOW, el avion hundido es un avion pequeño al que se puede entrar bastante incomodo, y tiene mucho polvo que se mueve aun con las burbujas, los alrededores del avion son mas lindos que el propio naufragio, en la epoca q

Isla Drake
By AndresNOB
Sep 16, 2012
- Buceo de entrenamiento, el lado oeste de la isla tiene una corriente muy linda para bucear, caza de langosta, Dive master Clay de Panama Divers (el dueño)

Isla Drake
By AndresNOB
Sep 15, 2012
AOW 3 - Buceo de entrenamiento en nocturno, Pulpos, langostas, centollas, mucho pez leon. Dive master Jorge de Panama Divers

By AndresNOB
Sep 14, 2012
AOW 2 - Rodea una isla, en este buceo hicimos el lado este, con alguna fauna pequeña, fondo bastante sucio. Orientacion con compas, Dive master Charly de Panama Divers. Buceo regular

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Trip: Portobello, Panama
By AndresNOB
From Sep 14, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
Certificacion Advance Open water PADI

Trip: Panama
By cfregis
From Feb 14, 2009 to Feb 14, 2009



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By minkfish , 23-03-2011

Bocas Del Toro - I did my open water in Bocas and would recommend it. Instead of learning in the pool, we practiced our skills in shallow, warm water with a sandy bottom. Lots of easy diving, no current, abundant sea life, short boat rides, small groups since it's not a popular spot.

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