Diving in Bocas del Toro

Christopher Columbus was the first white man to anchor in Bocas waters in 1502 . Later, English pirates used Bocas as safe haven and in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Bocas became an international commercial center for trade in cacao and bananas. Bocas was populated mainly by immigrants from Jamaica making Bocas an English speaking province in a Spanish speaking nation. Even today, most locals speak English.

At the turn of the century, the town of Bocas del Toro was the first headquarters of the United Fruit Company. Boasting of 25,000 inhabitants, it had six consuls and five newspapers. A banana blight in the l920's put an end to this vibrant commercial center, but historical buildings and a stately park still stand.


Diving and Snorkeling
The best places for diving are Coral Key,

Dark Wood Reef, Hospital Point and Punta Juan Buoy. For snorkeling, the Garden near Cayo Nancy, and Punta Juan buoy are excellent..


When diving in Bocas you will be able to see some of the best preserved hard and soft coral in the world. You will also have the opportunity to see sting rays, lobsters, many species of crabs and a countless variety of tropical reef fish. Besides, it has nice wreck diving, which is hallow and with a good amount of life.


Bocas is also a great place to do night dives. There is a huge amount of amazing bioluminescence. Lots of big crabs and others come out to be seen.
I could concentrate on my dives by using the Suunto D9, which is the world's first dive computer to integrate a digital compass and wireless tank data reception. Suunto D9 combines all dive-critical information in one instrument, conveniently mounted on your wrist. Instead of monitoring a multitude of gauges, I enjoyed my dives and played around with the compass by finding all the critical information in this reliable instrument.

The friendly staff from would help you to discover the magnificent underwater world held in this relaxed corner of Panama.


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