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When to go to Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is one of Panama's most pleasant micro-climates with beautiful hot and dry tropical weather. The average air temperature varies from 23-32C/73-90F in April to 23-29C/73-84F in October. The water temperature ranges from 26-28C/79-82F. The water visibility is 10-30m/33-98ft. What to see Damselfish, butterflyfish, spotted drums, moray eels, several types of sea turtles, including the endangered hawksbill, and more than 50 coral species can be seen there.

Scuba diving in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is situated on Panama’s central Pacific coast and is around 20 minutes by boat from Portobelo. With lush vegetation, lovely lakes and the deep-blue Pacific Ocean, Playa Blanca is only 1-2 hours from Panama City. Tocumen International Airport is located in 115 km from Playa Blanca. This is definitely not Panama’s most popular destination, but it is attractive and fairly relaxing. Playa Blanca has soft-sand beaches which are pleasant and border a calm section of the ocean. Several upscale resorts lie near the shoreline. Its white-sand stretch of the coast is continuous with Playa Farallón and Playa Santa Clara. Like those beaches, Playa Blanca is a great place for scuba diving. Most popular dive sites The nearest dive sites are located in Portobelo. Some of the best are Parchecito (average depth of 12m/39ft, max. depth of 20m/66ft) and Coral Reef Labyrinth (average depth of 7m/23ft, max. depth of 15m/49ft), as well as Taboga dive site. These dive sites are suitable for divers of all levels of experience. Reefs at both these dive sites are good for first dives, night dives, and underwater photography. Other dive sites, located around the Farallon island - El Pilar, Pelicano, La Cueva are also great for diving.

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