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Diving in Portobelo

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When to go to Portobelo

Diving is possible all year round. The water temperature varies from 27-29C/81-84F. The daytime air temperature is very warm, around 32C/90F, and the nighttime air temperature is relatively cool, around 21C/70F all year round. What to see The wrecks are teeming with thick schools of colorful tropical fish, including sergeant majors, yellowtail snappers, schoolmasters and blue tangs. There are lots of interesting corals, a couple of turtles, lobsters, lots of spotted drums, etc. Most popular dive sites A popular dive site for experienced divers is Airplane Wreck, with an average depth of 20m/66ft. Also, two interesting dive sites for divers of all levels of experience are Coral Reef, Labyrinth and Parchecito. Reefs at both these dive sites are good for first dives, night dives, and underwater photography. The marine life is good and the visibility is great. Some other common dive areas are: Buena Ventura Island (for shallow and deep diving with an intriguing drop-off), Drake's Island (dive site with pirate history), Three Sisters (have varied underwater terrain, sea flora and fauna), and Isla Grande (a small, typical Antillean community that is popular with snorkelers and divers). On its western end, a unique labyrinth of canyons offers a beautiful dive.

Scuba diving in Portobelo

Portobelo is a port city in Colón Province, Panama and located on the northern part of the Isthmus of Panama. Tocumen International Airport is located in 110 km from it. Due to its past as an international port, Portobelo has received the influence of many different cultures, which are reflected in its famous festivals and celebrations, like the Black Christ of Portobelo, Congos and Diablos Festival, and Jose Del Mar Seafood festival. Portobelo has the ruins of old Spanish forts and ancient cannons, evidence of the attempts by 16th-century Spaniards to protect their substantial booty from marauding pirates. All those battles between the Spanish and pirates led to quite a few scuttled galleons, from the 17th to 18th centuries. The varied coastlines found here provide offshore reefs, scores of lagoons, and plenty of nice beaches. In Portobelo National Park, scuba diving is among the top pursuits.

Dive centers in Portobelo

  • Dive Adventure

    2.68 km away
    • Surcharge Nitrox
    • Surcharge Transferfrom recommended hotels
    • PADI
  • Panama Divers

    Dive Center is located in The Octopus Garden Hotel & Dive Resort

    5.26 km away
    • No Nitrox
    • Surcharge Transferfrom recommended hotels
    • PADI
  • Panama Reef Divers

    9.36 km away
    • No Nitrox
    • Surcharge Transferfrom recommended hotels
    • PADI
  • ScubaPanama

    2.74 km away
    • Surcharge Nitrox
    • Surcharge Transferfrom recommended hotels
    • PADI