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Coral Lodge
APDO 0843-02518
Balboa
Panama City
Panama
Tel. 507-317 6754
Fax. 507- 317 6754
Panama's best reef diving. An exclusive eco-lodge with over-the-water bungalows and private sundecks near the SanBlas Islands. Kayaking, rainforest trekking, beautiful beaches, sportfishing, island cruises.
info@corallodge.com
http://www.corallodge.com




La Buga Dive Center
Main St
Isla Colon
Bocas del Toro
Panama
Tel. +507 7579534
Proffesional Dive Center in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Beautifull dives for all level. Shallow reefs with no currents and good vis for beginners to Cave and Deep diving. Great place to learn Scuba
Number of Dive Boats: 3
Maximum Number of Divers: 18
Number of Tanks per Day: 36
Gear Provided: Yes
Rental Gear Available: Yes
Type of Diving: Reefs, Caves, Wreck and Night
Nitrox Available: No
Total Dive Sites: 16
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 3 min
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 80 min
Training Agency: PADI
Courses Offered: Up to Assistant Instructor
info@labugapanama.com
http://www.labugapanama.com




Panama Divers (Pacific & Caribbean Diving)
Panama City, Republic of Panama
Ph. USA: (850) 443-7776
Fax. (850) 539-0298
Commitment is the word that best describes the Panama Divers Team. We are committed to providing each and every customer with the absolute best vacation experience whether diving the oceans, snorkeling the beaches or staying with us at our oceanside accommodations Octopus Garden Hotel & Dive Resort.
panamadivers@gmail.com
http://www.panamadivers.com


About Panama

Whether it is snorkeling or tank diving,divers are bound to find their appeal in any of the various waters of Panama. Panama offers both, the lively and colorful clarity of Caribbean style Atlantic; the vast and mysterious Pacific Ocean full of large marine species, exactly where Balboa discovered it; and the jungle encircled Gatun Lake, bed of the Panama Canal.

The isthmus of Panama, running on an east-west axis, finds the Atlantic Ocean on its northern shores. Starting from the west, the first dive site is Bocas del Toro. The scuba diving in and around Bocas can be enjoyed throughout the year, with most of the dive spots no more than one hour boat ride from Bocas town. The water temperatures is very tropical and constant, so full or even short wetsuits are not required. Water visability varies from one dive spot to another, and is always dependent on weather conditions. The months of September and October are traditionally the better months, due primarilly to more suitable climatic conditions. During this period there is less rain and wind, allowing for clearer water conditions.

Getting There

Airports in Panama

Tocumen International - Capital - Panama
Enrique Malek International - David - Chiriquí
Rubén Cantú Airport - Santiago - Veraguas
Captain Alonso Valderrama Airport - Chitre - Herrera
Penonomé Airport - Penonomé - Cocle
Marcos A. Gelaber Airport - Albrook - Panama
Bocas del Toro Airport - Bocas Island - Bocas del Toro
Captain Manuel Niño Airport - Changuinola - Bocas del Toro
Port Armuelles Airport - Fontera - Chiriquí
Ramón Xatruch Airport - La Palma - Darién
Scarlett Martinez Airport - Rio Hato - Coclé
Enriquez A. Jiménez Airport - Frank Field - Colón
Pedasí Airport - Via El Arenal beach- Los Santos

International Airlines Serving Panama

American Airlines
Delta Airlines
Aires
Avianca
Taca Group
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
Iberia
KLM
Copa Airlines
LACSA (Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A)
Rapsa Venezolana
Santa Bárbara
Spirit Airlines

Domestic Airlines

Air Panama

VISA Requirements
Depending on your nationality, you may be required to have a valid passport and a visa or a $5.00 tourist card. Tourist cards may be bought at the airline counter at the time of departure.

Customs
United States and Canadian citizens need only a valid passport and tourist card to visit Panama. Tourist cards cost about five dollars and are available both on your arrival in Panama from the immigration authorities and through most airlines. A tourist card gives you an automatic 30-day stay, and is extendable for another 60 days. Travelers from other countries should consult with the Panamanian consulate or embassy in that country to obtain the latest information on entry requirements. When entering the country, you may only bring up to one carton of cigarettes and 3 bottles of liquor. Like other countries, you may be fined and charged for leaving Panama with products made from endangered species.

Tourist Offices/Embassies
The national tourist agency Instituto Panameño de Turismo (IPAT) has its headquarters in the Centro Atlapa on Via Israel in Panama City. IPAT also has an information counter located at the airport. In addition, there are many tourist centers dispersed throughout the country. The IPAT offices found throughout Panama are there to answer questions and help visitors explore the country. More than 50 foreign embassies and consulates are located in Panama City.

Getting Around
If your stay is confined to Panama City, don't bother with buses or rental cars. Taxis are available for reasonable fares. Choose a relatively new car that is in good condition. The slightly higher fare is more than worth it for reliability and cold air conditioning. For longer trips or journeys to remote areas, plan to get a vehicle with four-wheel drive capability, as you may be driving on rugged terrain. These vehicles are popular and run out fast, so plan ahead. Most major towns have car rental agencies, so renting a car is a relatively easy process. It's important to bring the rental reservation document that states the agreed upon rate. Remember, you must be at least 23 years old to rent a car. All major rental car agencies are represented in Panama.

The Pan American Highway, also known as Interamerican Highway, joins Panamanian cities with Costa Rica. At this time, the Darién jungle continues to be impenetrable, preventing access by land to Colombia. A tour by car along the Transisthmic Highway joins Panama City with Colón. Even the most remote areas of Panama are accessible by paved secondary roads. The bus service is good and covers the entire country as well as the other countries in Central America and Mexico.

Religion
Most Panamanians are Roman Catholic. However, due to the great diversity in the country, there are numerous churches, temples and synagogues all over the country. There is freedom of religion in Panama.

Language
Although the official language in Panama is Spanish, English is widely spoken and understood in the major cities.

Climate
The country enjoys an agreeable tropical climate and an average daytime temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with cooling in the evenings. The average humidity is 70%. The rainy season goes from May to December. Throughout the dry season, trade winds keep the air continuously cool. In the mountains, the average temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clothing
Light clothes are recommended. Business clothing is formal. A light jacket for men and a tailored suit or a two-piece pants suit for women is recommended. A wide-brim hat and sun glasses are necessary if you go to the shore or inland.

Time Zone
Panama time is the same as the United States Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).

Electricity and Public Services
The current is 110w - 60hz and 220w. Telephone and international cable services in Panama are excellent. There is a direct-dial system to locations inland and all over the world. Our country code is 507.

Money
Since 1904, the United States dollar has been the legal currency in Panama. The Balboa, the Panamanian monetary unit, is par valued with the dollar. Prices can be expressed in Balboas (B/.) or in Dollars ($). Traveler cheques and credit cards are widely accepted. The International departure duty is US$20.00, payable in the airport. The hotel tax is 10%. The added tax value to products and services, with the exception of food and medicines is 5%.

Business Services
More than 150 international banks and their branches operate in Panama. The United States, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Taiwan, Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, China, Spain, France and others are represented here. The banking hours vary, but most of them are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Some banks offer services on Saturday.

Health/Water
No vaccines or pills are necessary prior to visiting our country. Remember, the tropical sun can be strong; so itís wise to take protective sunglasses and sunscreen with you. Although Panama is indeed a tropical country, mosquito control is effective. Exceptions would include hiking and over-nighting in the jungle, in which case you should use protective insect repellant. Panama is the only country in Latin America where you can drink water straight from the tap.

Dangers
Panama was given the highest ranking (along with the United States) for tourist safety from the Pinkerton Intelligence Agency. But as with any foreign destination, it is not advisable to walk around the streets flashing your money or valuable belongings. Reports of people being pickpocketed in Panama are rare, but itís best to assume that pickpockets are around. Just use common sense and your intuition to protect yourself. Remember that the less attention you draw to yourself, the less likely you are to have an unpleasant experience.

 
 

 


 










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