Diving and Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is a diving paradise because of its abundant and diverse marine life. Its crystal-clear waters remain warm all year round and the combination of mangroves, sea grasses and rocky walls expand the habitats of varied and striking species.

In Bocas waters you can find 95% of the coral species found in the Panamanian Caribbean. In the middle of caves, mountains and sunken ships, you can encounter any of the four species of turtles that live there or perhaps bottlenose dolphins and even sharks.

Immerse Yourself in Bocas

Immerse Yourself in Bocas

On a simple dive, with just a snorkel, you can observe starfish, manta rays, lobster, moray eels and colorful sponges.

Embark on Your Adventure

Embark on Your Adventure

It is important to note that in order to book your dive, you must be a certified diver by one of the internationally recognized organizations, such as PADI, SSI or SDI, among others.


  • Although Bocas Town has most of the services on offer, you can find dive schools on the other islands. In any case, most operators will pick you up no matter where you are staying.

  • In order to dive in caves, you must have perfect conditions in terms of currents and weather. We recommend the months of September and October, and not to dive in caves at any other time.

  • Always follow your guide’s instructions; it is very important to stay safe, not only underwater, but throughout the entire journey.

  • If you are going to combine several diving sites, be sure to take your breaks between each one. Ask your tour operator ahead of time if they will have snacks on the boat or if there will be a lunch stop. Stay well fed and hydrated so the adventure never stops.

  • Bocas offers night diving in almost every spot. But in order to have this unforgettable experience, you will need an Advanced license. Do not forget to ask for this possibility!

Bocas Del Toro: Top 10 Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Sites

Want to explore the warm waters of Bocas del Toro? On the western side of the Panamanian Caribbean, you will find a place full of colorful and diverse marine life. Its crystal clear waters give you everything from snorkeling to deep sea diving. Bocas del Toro has the perfect plan for you to discover an authentic underwater paradise. Here is a list of incredible places you shouldn’t miss during your visit.

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