Bocas Del Toro, Panama

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Dive Playground


A circular reef in the bay in front of Bocas town forms the Playground. This site has more soft coral formations than most others in the area and green/hawksbill turtles can often be sighted here between April and June. Playground is VERY close to Bocas town, just a short 3 minute boat ride away. Nudibranches and colourful mollusks abound in the soft corals from 5-8m, and there’s some kind of nearly-unidentifiable wreck around 7m. Generally best to stay above 15m here, because there’s not much to see below that due to heavy freshwater runoff and a slow tidal change. Stinging cauliflower jellies are not uncommon here (on the deeper fringes of the reef) and can deliver a serious sting, so be watchful. Also make sure not to linger on or near the surface; boat traffic here is the heaviest in the area.
Conditions: boat traffic, stinging cauliflower, trash

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Christopher January 31st, 2013 - 20:26:
Dove here a bunch and even did a night dive here. The playground is awesome and easy diving. Even did some of my class dives there, night & underwater nav. Dove with La Buga dive shop, Very cool people to dive with.

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