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Scuba Diving Panama

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Panama Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Bocas Dive Center Review Red Frog Resort Playa del Toros William Wallis 2017/06
ScubaCaribe Review [same] Playa Blanca Harvey S. Cohen 2016/12
Liquid Jungle Lab Review Liquid Jungle Research Lab Isla Canales de Tierra Tracy E. Johnson 2016/09
Boca Dive Center Review Hotel Palma Royale Bocas del Toro Sean Bruner 2016/01
Coiba Dive Center Review [same] Isla Coiba Sean Bruner 2016/01
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Diving Panama Articles - Land Based

Pedasi, Isla Coiba and Bocas del Toro, Panama, a whirlwind dive trip, with great surface intervals, 5/15

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Thumbs Down: Gamboa Tours, Panama, 2/09
Thumbs Down: Scuba Coiba and Coiba National Park, Panama, 4/08
Scuba Coiba, Panama, Pacific Coast, from penal colony to protected marine site, 5/07
On the Run in Panama, 3/07
Scuba Coiba, Santa Catalina, Panama, still unspoiled ... for now, 3/06

Diving Panama Articles - Liveaboards

Fiji, Iceland, Maldives, Raja Ampat, trouble in Cozumel, a bad critter-handling policy in Kauai, 5/15

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M/V Yemaya, Coiba Island, Panama, An alternative to Cocos and Mapelo, 2/11
Panamas Coiba National Park, 2/11

Panama Dive Reviews

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Panama

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

An American Underwater Odyssey An American Underwater Odyssey: 50 Dives in 50 States
: by Charles Ballinger.

Underwater Odyssey is the story of a scuba diving safari to every state in America. Tired of touring coral reefs, the author embarks on a year-long quest to discover the incredible assortment of adventure diving found in our nation's backyard. His dogged determination to follow his dreams and explore everything from flooded missile sites to abandoned mines should be an inspiration for any diver. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides.
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Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

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Reef Fish Identification Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

The latest edition in the popular Paul Humann series of marine life books. The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fishes from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat. The book is dedicated to Baja Legend Alex Kerstitch and includes several of his drawings and photographs. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish’s common, scientific and family names, size range, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution.
Illustrated/Hardcover. 364 pages, price: $27.17.

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