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Diving and Snorkelling in Panama

Panama is one of the best places to go diving. You will be definitely amazed by the local underwater world

Best time: April–May

Diving and Snorkelling
Diving and Snorkelling
Diving and Snorkelling
Diving and Snorkelling

Diving resembles spacewalking and on Colón Island you can go diving all year-round. The best months for this activity are April, May, November, and December. However, the diving conditions within the Caribbean coast are different. For instance, on the Pacific side the temperature and visibility are almost unpredictable.

Atlantic part is more predictable: the water temperature is constant and does not fall below + 24 ° C and there are no problems with underwater visibility. The San Blas Archipelago is famous worldwide for its beautiful islands formed of corals. It is surrounded by crystal-clear water that is perfect to go snorkelling and diving into. Portobelo Bay, Mamey Island, and Isla Grande are meeting places for divers and snorkelers. Newly developed islands besides their natural beauty contain new hotels, restaurants, condos, bungalows and all commodities you may ask for. Best beaches in the word are waiting for you to explore.

In Panama you are allowed to dive in the Panama Canal Zone. There you can find sunken equipment that was used in the construction process. The most famous divers' attraction that you can find in the canal area is the sunk train.

Practical info

What are the best months for diving in Panama?

April, May, November, and December are the most suitable months for diving in Panama. On the Pacific side, water temperature and visibility remain inconsistent. Therefore, it is recommended to switch to the Atlantic coast, where conditions are more predictable. Diving on this side offers constant water temperature and excellent visibility throughout the year, providing nature and adventure enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to explore a wide variety of water species. Show more

Where is the best location for snorkelling in Panama?

The San Blas Archipelago is one of the most popular destinations that attracts millions of tourists every year. The islands possess corals, and the transparent water surrounding them offers the perfect spot for snorkelling and diving. Also, Mamey Island, Isla Grande, and Portobelo Bay offer a picturesque view of natural beauty, combined with the excellent experience of snorkelling and diving, providing a perfect underwater experience for adrenaline seekers. Show more

What is the temperature of the water in the Atlantic side of Panama?

Diving in the Atlantic side of Panama presents a constant water temperature, which never falls below +24 °C at any time of the year. Hence, this region offers excellent underwater visibility, along with the distinct opportunity to explore a wide variety of water species in the warmth and comfort of the water, making it an unforgettable adventure for tourists of all ages and interests. Show more

When is the peak season for diving in Isla Grande?

Diving in Isla Grande, located on Panama's Caribbean coast, is the perfect time to explore the many water species making the region's underwater haven. The ideal diving conditions run from December to April, where the temperature and visibility of the water remains exceptional. During these months, the weather is impressive, the wind is calm, and the sea is usually serene, providing visitors with an unforgettable diving or snorkelling experience. Show more

Where can I find sunken equipment used in Panama Canal's construction process?

Exploration of the famous man-made marvel, the Panama Canal, involves diving through the canal's zone and exploring its sunken equipment. One of the most appealing attractions for divers is the sunk train found in the canal area. Visitors can also marvel at another historic area's artifacts within the canal zone, making it a complete experience for history enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Show more

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