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Client Testimonials

  • star rating  My son and I dove this weekend with Dive Base Coiba and it was the experience of a lifetime. Quick backstory before the review. DBC was founded by Kevan Mantell,... read more

    May 29, 2023

    star rating  This was my first ever dive! I felt so completely taken care of by Joshua and his brother Will. They are masters of the sea, know all of the best... read more

    Staci B
    February 26, 2023

    star rating  Best Dive Operator - 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... read more

    February 7, 2021
  • star rating  Amazing diving in Panama - 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... read more

    April 28, 2020

    star rating  dive with an absolute Pro - 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... read more

    May 12, 2019

    star rating  Amazing Diving - 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. ... read more

    Tracy Z
    May 9, 2019
  • star rating  Amazing Experience for kids and adults alike - 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... read more

    Astrid G
    March 27, 2019

    star rating  Diving --
    Kevan is an amazing dive-master. He is the most experienced, helpful, caring, safety-conscious, and educational guide we've ever had, and we've dived the world! He works... read more

    Loretta K
    January 2, 2019

    star rating  Highlight of our trip ! - This was, hands down, the most special time of our road trip from California to Panama.
    We found out about Kevan and Dive Base Coiba randomly. After exploring his... read more

    October 13, 2018
  • star rating  The absolute best experience! - I have lived in Panama for almost 13 years and have been to Pixvae and with Kevan Mantell several times. It never gets old or boring.
    ... read more

    September 24, 2018

    star rating  DBC, a hidden Gem! - Dive Base Coiba is definitely a top notch Dive Center and more than that. Pixvae is a lost paradise!. Look no further if you’re and adventurous person who’s willing to... read more

    September 23, 2018

    star rating  Incredible Dive and Snorkel Experience! - I have lived in Panama for a little less than one year and have made the 5-hour trek to Dive Base Coiba for three of those weekends. My first visit... read more

    Maura N
    May 29, 2018
  • star rating  Amazing experience - Dive Base Coiba is the best dive shop in Panama. Kevan Mantell is a true professional and his attention to detail and safety is at the highest level it... read more

    Ken Z
    May 14, 2018

    star rating  The dive instructor was hospitable and has unbelievable experienced.
    The knowledge of the area and its history was almost as amazing as the dive sites themselves. Our dive instructor... read more

    March 25, 2018

    star rating  Look no further, This is the Panama Dive you are looking for. - I usually don't leave reviews but felt compelled in this instance...

    Kevan Mantell owns Dive Base Coiba, he is as professional as it gets, even down to the amazing... read more

    Tyler C
    March 5, 2018
  • star rating  Perfect adventures, thanks to Kevan and Dive Base Coiba! - Kevan and his team at Dive Base Coiba could not have been any better. Kevan took us on three days of adventures for the five of us; some of... read more

    January 26, 2018

    star rating  Second dive trip with Dive Base Coiba - Long overdue review, but my son, friend and I did our second weekend with Kevan Mantell in late November. Once again, truly an amazing weekend. Saw dozens of white tipped... read more

    December 26, 2017

    star rating  Dive Base Coiba - an amazing eco-tourism underwater adventure - I and three marine biologists studying the coral reef ecosystem at Uva Island scheduled a trip for four days of diving with Kevan. We were treated as royalty by Kevan... read more

    peter g
    April 9, 2017
  • star rating  Amazing People, Beautiful Location, Unforgettable Experience - We have dove with Kevan Mantell/ Dive Base Coiba ten times. There are two things that stand out to me about their dive operation.

    1) Safety first -... read more

    Audra W
    April 3, 2017

Diving with Dive Base Coiba

Dive Base Coiba is the first and only dive center located in Pixvae, 20 minutes away from the Coiba National Park. We offer diving in small and big groups. We have experienced staff who can help you plan your dives and provide you with valuable information about the marine life in the area. We also have a wide range of high-quality diving equipment available for rent. Additionally, Dive Base Coiba is committed to environmental conservation and works to protect the marine life and coral reefs in the area. By diving with Dive Base Coiba, you can have a unique and personalized diving experience while supporting conservation efforts.

Best Diving In Panama

We offer packages for beginners to expert divers.
Close up of a Giant Grouper in Coiba


Day-trips typically include 2-3 dives per day, depending on how many dives you would like. The dives are conducted in small groups, and the staff at Dive Base Coiba will help you plan your dives based on your experience level and interests. You can expect to see a wide variety of marine life, including sharks, dolphins, rays, colorful reef fish and colorful corals.

Close up of a white tip shark


Multi-day diving trips offered by Dive Base Coiba are a great way to explore the Coiba National Park and experience the incredible marine life in the area. With accommodation, meals, and all the necessary equipment provided, it's a convenient and hassle-free way to enjoy a diving adventure in Panama.

whale shark near a diver


Dive Base Coiba offers a variety of diving courses suitable for all levels of divers. From introductory courses for beginners to advanced courses for experienced divers looking to improve their skills, we have something for everyone. All courses are taught by experienced instructors who can customize the course to meet individual needs and interests. Upon completion of the course, you will receive an internationally recognized certification. Dive Base Coiba provides a comprehensive and personalized approach to diving education, ensuring that you gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become a safe and confident diver.

About Pixvae

Pixvae is an excellent location for divers to explore Coiba and the Archipelago of Contreras. With easy access to local dive sites, the area offers a diverse range of marine life for all skill levels. Non-divers can enjoy beaches, mangrove forests, and local culture. Pixvae is a peaceful village with friendly locals and delicious cuisine, making it an ideal location for an unforgettable adventure in Panama.

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