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Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica
Geographic coordinates: 9° 0' N, 80° 0' W
Coastline km: 2,490 km km
Climate: tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season (May to January), short dry season (January to May)
Terrain: interior mostly steep, rugged mountains and dissected, upland plains; coastal areas largely plains and rolling hills
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Volcan de Chiriqui 3,475 m
Natural hazards: occasional severe storms and forest fires in the Darien area
Currency: balboa (PAB); US dollar (USD)
Population: 3,191,319 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Spanish (official), English 14%; note - many Panamanians bilingual
Divisions: 9 provinces and 1 territory*: Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, Cocle, Colon, Darien, Herrera, Los Santos, Panama, San Blas*(Kuna Yala), and Veraguas
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|Zones (6)||Dive sites||Sub zones|
|Bocas del Toro||3||0|
|San Blas (Kuna Yala)||5||0|
|Veraguas & Isla Coiba||5||1|
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|Dive sites (3)||Quality||Avg depth||Max depth||Experience||Dive type|
|Isla Farallon||2 / -||9 m||17 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|Las Monjas||3 / -||16 m||30 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Los Frayles||9 / -||15 m||25 m||CMAS * / OW|
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By minkfish , 23-03-2011
Bocas Del Toro - I did my open water in Bocas and would recommend it. Instead of learning in the pool, we practiced our skills in shallow, warm water with a sandy bottom. Lots of easy diving, no current, abundant sea life, short boat rides, small groups since it's not a popular spot.
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