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Dive Base Coiba

This location offers a unique opportunity for divers to explore one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. We are the closest dive center to Coiba and the Archipielago of Contreras. It only takes 20 minutes in boat to arrive to the dive sites from our dive center.

Welcome to Dive Base Coiba in Pixvae, Veraguas. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional scuba diving experiences tailored to your preferences, whether you’re an experienced diver or a beginner. With small groups, fast boats, and professional guides, we ensure safe and exciting dives. Choose from customized packages, scuba courses, private charters, and comfortable accommodations. Join us to explore Coiba’s underwater world, swim with vibrant marine life, and create unforgettable memories.

At Dive Base Coiba, your safety is our top priority. We adhere to strict safety protocols and maintain high standards for our diving equipment. Our commitment to environmental conservation is unwavering as well. By diving with us, you contribute to our efforts in protecting the marine life and coral reefs in the area. Join our mission to preserve the natural wonders of Coiba through education and awareness.

Embark on a journey to discover the mesmerizing underwater world of Coiba with Dive Base Coiba. Let our passionate team guide you through vibrant coral reefs, swim alongside colorful tropical fish, and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of this pristine marine ecosystem. 

Kevan Mantell

Recreational and Technical Dive Professional, Explorer and Naturalist Guide.

Close Up of Kevan Mantell in a Submarine in the Coiba National Park

Jacque Cousteau’s amazing Undersea Adventures first open Kevan’s eyes to the fascinating and beautiful underwater world, a world full of fascinating creatures, gripping adventure and strange haunting landscapes. The cold dark waters of the quarries and reservoirs of the UK were a large part of his training and experience, a vastly different environment to that of the azure paradises visited by Cousteau.  

Kevan travelled for many years, visiting some of the most exotic and diverse oceans on the planet, India, Egypt, the South Pacific, to name a but a few. During his career Kevan and his team worked with some of the worlds top natural history documentary and film makers, the BBC and Discovery to name a couple, along with many scientific institutions, broadening his diving knowledge, interest, fascination and concern for the oceans. He also worked as dive and naturalist guide aboard many private yachts visiting the region and participated with several international scientific expeditions.

The past decade and a half he lived and used Panama as a base. In the mid-nineties, he was leader of a small team of dive professionals who explored the Coiba National Park’s spectacular deep seamounts, pinnacles and extensive coral reefs in addition to a study of the potential for sustainable scuba diving tourism in this region. 

Kevan was a key contributor of information for Coiba’s nomination for World Heritage Site status with UNESCO. And subsequently worked as the consultant who developed the program for sustainable dive tourism and attractions for the Management Plan of the Coiba National Park World Heritage Site.


Kevan Mantell And Sylvia Earl
Scientific Group in the Deep Sea Boat

Kevan worked closely with the scientific community on long-term studies of this fascinating and dynamic marine eco-region.  Projects include, coral reef monitoring and drilling, drug discovery, satellite tagging of whale shark, migratory and reef shark monitoring and conservation. Also leading Technical Dive Expeditions, exploring, gathering samples and images of the biodiversity of the regions deep seamounts. Also exploring these sites by means of small three man submersibles.

He worked in the wider region of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor, Isla Coco, Islas Malpelo and Gorgona and the Galapagos Islands. Studies aimed at broadening knowledge and understanding the complex connectivity and animal migrations between the island groups of this isolated and fascinating seascape.

Scientists Preparing their Scuba Gear
Scientist retrieving a fishing line

Fluent in English and Spanish, Will and Joshua are the owners of the dive and study center located in one of the Coiba areas most isolated and remote coastal fishing villages, Pixvae. Working closely with local leaders, schools and residents on projects that include, but not limited too, environmental education and stewardship, sustainable tourism initiatives and community development. This business supports and promotes local micro businesses and individuals who offer sustainable adventure tourism and related services. 

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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

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