Opened in 2007, Coiba Dive Center is located on Main Street in Santa Catalina, Panama. Coiba Dive Center is just steps from the beach and is fully equipped to provide you with all of the comforts you'd expect from a full service dive center. At over 1,800 square feet, the dive center offers guests and students the following amenities: spacious classroom, clean guest restrooms, guest showers, equipment rinse and storage areas, cold beverages available for purchase and free coffee in the mornings. We also have plenty of secure parking available for your vehicles. Head to our Directions page for specifics on getting to Coiba Dive Center and Santa Catalina.
We have great equipment from top to bottom. We overhaul our equipment on a regular basis to ensure it is in safe and proper working order. We also have a large selection of full and shorty wetsuits, masks, snorkels and fins available for rent.
Our main boat is Punta Brava IV, a high sided 25 ft. fiberglass boat with a new 200 horsepower outboard engine. All of the boats in the area have outboard motors due to the dramatic tidal changes and easy access to the beaches for loading. Punta Brava IV is one of the most comfortable, reliable and fastest boats available in the area, touting a full canopy, VHF radio, GPS, O2 and plenty of storage on board. Our second boat, Manta Raya is 27 ft. and equally equiped. There are a number of boats at our disposal and available for large groups and private charters.
Our compressors are current, well maintained and kept out of the elements. We are currently using a Coltri MCH-16, Bauer K-14, and a Bauer Junior II portable. The filters and oil are changed regularly. We breathe the same air as you do.
We currently have five full time PADI instructors available to acompany you on all of your dives along with snorkel guides and licensed boat captains. We also have seasonal instructors joining our team.
Julie Berry and Glenn Massingham are the original owners of Coiba Dive Center and personally ensuring that each step of your trip is rewarding. With over 40 years of combined PADI instructor experience they are passionate about diving and it shows.