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Dive Base Coiba - Day Adventures

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Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
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Dive Base Coiba. Pixvae, Veraguas, Republic of Panama. Totally off the beaten track and off the tourism "radar screen" the Coiba National Park on our doorstep and great local diving. We offer a full range of Dive Tours to the Coiba National Park. Our location in Pixvae, gives us access to a much wider range of the regions best dive sites, We offer a ful range of dive courses through PADI and Technical Diving International. Our packages can include, diving, accomodations and food. We also offer a range of terrestrial activities and adventures on Coiba and around Pixvae.
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Bethaney P wrote a review Feb 2021
Playa Coronado, Panama3 contributions2 helpful votes
I am a retired PADI Instructor. I can say without question that diving with Kevan Mantell at Dive Base Coiba is the very best anyone can ever hope for anywhere in the world. Kevan is always teaching us all about the state of the ocean, the health of all the creatures in the sea, how each dive will be conducted, what we may expect to see. Safety is his highest priority. And his enthusiasm and happy demeanor, with all the seriousness that is also so important, always put everyone at ease. Diving with Kevan is a pleasure I hope many others get to experience. On our trip, we saw whale sharks, a baby humpback and momma, lobsters, eels, rays galore. And so many fish, I can’t begin to name them all. But Kevan can! I cannot recommend him any higher.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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sandyc177 wrote a review Apr 2020
Petersfield, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
We were lucky enough to get a ride to Pixvae with Kevan’s charming son Will who met us in Sona, I wont lie the journey was hot and bumpy but the scenery was stunning. It was a long nearly 2 hour trip on a bumpy dusty track (only to be done by a 4x4). The journey was so worth it, the village of Pixvae is charming with a fantastic beech. When you are this far off the beaten track don’t expect 5 star luxury. There is no mains electricity and your mobile won’t work. We were shown to our accommodation which was a basic hostel where we had a twin room with shared bathroom, lighting was provided by solar powered lights. The only other guests were also there for the diving and we quickly discovered the nearby bar for a well earned cool beer. We met Kevan a few hours after arriving, as he had been working away for five days on a scientific trip. He was tired from a days technical diving and probably just wanted to get his head down for a sleep, but he made us feel so welcome and gave us an introduction brief and made arrangements for the following days diving. The first day diving was on a quiet site, there were five divers including the pair of us and the abilities were mixed from newly qualified to very experienced. So Kevan did the right thing and took the newbies for a check out dive first, then a slow gentle dive. He is extremely safety conscious and his attention to detail is to the highest standard I have seen in a dive company. For the next two days diving it was just the pair for us, we had some wonderful dives seeing all the beauty the ocean had to offer. Big and little together. My highlight was to witness loads and loads of Diamond Rays so close up, I have never seen so many Rays together. The diving was great, Cobia is fantastic and our dive guide was brilliant. Kevan is one of the nicest passionate and professional people we have had the pleasure to meet. He is so knowledgeable, funny and has great stories to be told. The food was lovely and plenty of it, Luc is a great cook. We happened to be there in very peculiar times, at the start of the coronavirus spreading world wide, with us in Pixvae oblivious to the quickly changing outside world, after news did drip through, Kevan looked after us so well, Kevan even shared his rum!!! On a serious note he made sure we were able to get out and was always in contact with us after leaving Pixvae until we made it home safely to the UK. When the world returns to normal, we will be back to Panama and we look forward to diving again with Kevan, if he will put up with us again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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gerhardrieder wrote a review May 2019
Bludesch, Austria23 contributions3 helpful votes
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well, the way to Pixvae is an adventurous drive but that's the guarantee you will not end in a dive base packing 20 people in a dive boat. Kevan is an absolute pro, knows what he's talking about, secure and reliable. But most of all, you can learn about the ocean and it's life. With all his scientific experience Kevan shows and explains so many things you def never heard before about marine life. He and his charming wife Laura take care about everything during your stay. But you have to be willing to stay in a very simple town, with basic electricity, no hot water and no A/C.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Tracy wrote a review May 2019
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We just returned from another outstanding dive trip with Kevan. Kevan’s attention to detail and safety is excellent. He is very knowledgeable about the Coiba area. We saw many large schools of fish, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, manta rays, turtles and interesting corals. If you ever want to dive in the Coiba National Park, Kevan is definitely the dive master to go to.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Astrid G wrote a review Mar 2019
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We just got back from a weekend at Pixvae. We were a large group of 18 people with several Padi Junior Divers among the group. Kevan and his team did an amazing job of finding dive sites that were both shallow enough for the junior diver but interesting enough for the rest of the group. He is extremely safety conscious and runs a first class operation. I would highly recommend !
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Date of experience: March 2019
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