Scuba Diving in Portobelo is a great alternative for those staying in a hotel in Panama City. It is also possible to stay in a hotel in Portobelo for a night or two if you wish to organize this alternative. Those who rent a car in Panama can drive to Portobelo which is about an hour and a half from Panama City. There is also the alternative for a package with roundtrip transportation and a lunch box. Hotel pickup will be around 7:30 a.m. and drop off can vary between 4 to 5 p.m. depending on weather conditions and traffic.
The Caribbean Sea is usually calm in the areas surrounding the bay of Portobelo. Scuba Diving in Portobelo is a quite different experience than diving in the Pacific Ocean. You can also choose the Two Ocean Dive Tour to dive in the Pacific and Caribbean on the same day.
Dive sites for Scuba Diving in Portobelo are selected on the day of the diving trip since weather conditions and water visibility are taken into consideration. Drake’s Island is the most popular dive spot with two sites to choose from. It has plenty of coral color and marine activity. Buenaventura island has three dive sites including “El Avion”, a sunken twin engine Beechcraft. Tres Hermanas is a deeper diving site with stronger currents like Salmedina which are more suitable for advanced divers. Other dive sites in Portobelo include Padre Island, Punta Sabanilla, Chicken Point, Pared de Huerta, Parche Point, Segundo Arrecife and Reef 2 Reef which is a coral restoration project.
- Boat trip
- Dive master
- 2 tanks
- Weight belt
- Transport to and from Panama City (optional)
- Lunch box (optional)
Available: year round.
Time: full day about 10 hours.
What to bring? comfortable and light clothes, flip flops or aqua shoes, bathing suit, towel, toiletries, hat, sunscreen and GoPro with diving case or underwater camera.
Important information: divers MUST have diving certification from an accredited institution. You can take a shared Scuba Diving in Portobelo tour or have your own private tour. Equipment such as basic equipment, wet suit, snorkeling gear, nitrox tanks and photos are available for an additional fee.
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