Panama is easily one of the top 5 diving destinations in the world. Worldwide experts have called our region in Bocas del Toro the ”Galapagos of the Caribbean.” Its rich biodiversity comes of its privileged geographical location. 1600 islands comprise Panama and from it’s mountainous interior flow 500 streams and rivers draining into both the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans. Bocas del Toro (one of the 9 main Islands) is the most popular dive destination in the country.
What You’ll See Diving Here
On the Caribbean side (our side), say hello to over 250 reef and gamefish, 52 kinds of different coral and more than a dozen species of sea turtles! You’ll fin past nurse sharks, stingrays, dolphins, lobster, starfish, seahorses and vase sponges–all thriving among the dramatic and diverse reefscapes of Bocas del Toro.
On the Pacific side, look for whales, dolphins, black marlin and even the 400-pound jewfish! Enjoy amazing volcanic formations and abyssal drop-offs.
There’s more. Weather permitting, it’s possible to dive the famous Panama Canal and see the first sunken trans-isthmian railroad and the 19-century trains that ran on it to build the Canal.
All in all, your diving experience exploring Panama’s underwater worlds should leave you astonished, amazed and “sea”duced!
How You’ll Get Here to Bocas del Toro
You decide: Fast and convenient or slower and less-costly. There are 3 main options with Panama City as your start point:
a flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro (45 minutes.)
a bus from Panama City to Almirante (10 – 11 hours) and a boat to Bocas del Toro (30 minutes.)
driving from Panama City to Almirante (10 – 11 hours) and then a Ferry to Bocas del Toro (2 hours.)
Experienced diving instructors and friendly local companies will help advise and design the perfect tour for you and your party.
Love to hear about what you are looking for when you dive! Underwater architecture? Swimming mammals? Bright coral and reef fish? Join the discussion!