Learn Spanish & Scuba Dive in Panama's Bocas del Toro

Underwater shot in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Scuba Dive in Warm Tropical Waters

Warm water, good visibility, abundant sea life, low prices!

  • About Bocas del Toro: discover Panama's most authentic beach town.
  • Spanish Courses: group Spanish classes, 1 to 1 private Spanish lessons, a combination of both or...
  • Conditions, Season & Dive Sites: learn more about how it's like to dive in Bocas del Toro, when's the best time to dive and where you'll be diving.
  • PADI Scuba Diving Courses: for all levels - Discover Scuba Diving Course, Scuba Diver Course, Open Water Course, Scuba Review/Refresher Course, Advanced Open Water Course, Rescue Diver Course, Specialty Courses, Master Scuba Diver Certification, Divemaster Course and Open Water Scuba Instructor.
  • Accommodation: live with a local host family, stay at a budget hostel, B&B, mid-range or upscale hotel.
  • Rates: cost for classes, diving, lodging and extras.

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown, make the most of your time and pickup a skill: learn Spanish from the convenience and safety of your home: receive a 25% Discount Off Online Private Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 10 hours — and 50% Discount Off Online Group Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 60 hours. Limited spaces. SIGN UP AND REGISTER TODAY!
If you already have a PADI Scuba Diving License (or equivalent) you can join trips for 1 or 2 offshore dives. If you would like to learn how to scuba dive or gain another certification, checkout our scuba diving courses. Our Learn Spanish and Scuba Dive Program is only offered at our Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Panama. If you're studying Spanish at our other Spanish Schools (Boquete or Panama City), you can come over to Bocas del Toro to scuba dive during the weekends. There is also diving in the Chiriqui Gulf, about 2 hours away from Boquete, and in Isla Grande (north of Panama City, about 2 hours). Our Spanish school in Panama City is a 1 hour flight away from Bocas del Toro. Or you can mix it up and just come over to Bocas del Toro for some Spanish lessons and scuba diving.

About Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro: Learn Spanish in Panama's Top Beach Destination
Bocas del Toro's beaches make the perfect fit for a Spanish learning vacation by the beach

The islands of Bocas del Toro are famous for their emerald Caribbean waters, secluded golden and white sand beaches, uncrowded waves, colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life. Its funky-vibrant nightlife, and friendly, chilled-back locals also add to the mix which make Bocas Panama's coolest beach destination.

Bocas del Toro is Panama's most authentic beach town and its magic will certainly enchant you: Without any doubt Bocas del Toro is the perfect town to learn Spanish by the beach and is home to Habla Ya Spanish School.

The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro (BOC), is located in Panama's northwest Caribbean Sea, very near the border with Costa Rica, only a 45 minute flight from Panama City or a 3 hour journey by road plus a 30 minute boat ride from Boquete.

Getting to Bocas del Toro is quite straightforward. Whether you'll be spending your entire Panama Spanish learning vacation in Bocas del Toro or only part of it, please get in touch with us and we'll help you plan the most efficient travel logistics so that you make the most out of your trip to Central America.
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Spanish Classes

Learn the Spanish language and scuba dive in Bocas del Toro's warm Caribbean waters...

Class Schedule and when you'll Scuba Dive
Spanish lessons take place during half of the day allowing you to scuba dive during the rest of the day

Spanish lessons at Habla Ya Bocas del Toro take place either in the mornings or in the afternoon, leaving you free the other half of the day to scuba dive. Group lessons in Bocas del Toro are usually scheduled in the morning starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 12:00 p.m. so you can scuba dive all afternoon long. Private lessons normally take place in the afternoons starting at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., leaving you the mornings available to scuba dive. There aren't any Spanish classes during the weekend, so you can have several dives all day long. Almost everyday all year long it's possible to scuba dive in Bocas del Toro. Only when the sea gets really rough and stormy it's not possible to scuba dive in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

GET TO KNOW HABLA YA SPANISH SCHOOL IN BOCAS DEL TORO... Different Spanish courses for different learning needs...

Not everyone wants the same type of Spanish class in their language learning holiday... choose a Spanish course that best meets your needs!

At our Spanish Language School we offer students a wide variety of options when it comes to Spanish classes
Spanish Lessons at Habla Ya Spanish School are dynamic and entertaining, and will keep you on your toes every minute

The cost for Spanish lessons goes from $175 - $575 USD per week. It all depends on the type of Spanish classes you decide to have (group lessons or private lessons) and on the amount of hours of classes you have each week (10 to 30 hours). The total cost of your Spanish Language Holiday also depends on which type of accommodation you decide to have.

If you would like to learn more about each type of the Spanish classes offered at our Spanish Language Schools you can visit our Spanish courses section. And to easily find out and compare the cost for Spanish classes on their own you can do so by visiting our Courses' Rates section.

If in doubt about which Spanish course is the best for you, feel free to Contact Us and we will be thrilled to assist you in selecting the most appropriate Spanish course for your Spanish learning vacation.
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Dive Conditions, Diving Season & Dive Sites

Nothing beats Scuba Diving in the Caribbean
What's it like to Dive in Bocas del Toro?

Due to its isolation from large cities, river mouths and thanks to the fact that Bocas del Toro is outside of the Caribbean's Hurricane Zone, the reefs of Bocas Del Toro in Panama have some of the best preserved hard and soft coral in the world. Bocas del Toro is home to 95% of the coral species found in the Caribbean Sea, with many unique and endemic species to our area. The waters are inhabited by a wonderful variety of tropical reef creatures including nurse sharks, stingrays and many species of crab and lobster. When you dive in Bocas del Toro, besides all the species of colorful tropical coral, you may see spotted drum, snapper, rat fish, sea horses, moray eels, nurse sharks, sea turtles, rays, vase sponges, starfish, lobster, the list goes on and on.

Year-Round Scuba Diving Season

Diving conditions are excellent year round, especially for training, with the best times to scuba dive being February, March, May, September and October – during these months sea conditions are flatter allowing access to more remote dive sites. Regional visibility peaks during the Caribbean's Dry Season: from February to April and during September and October. The following video gives you a pretty good idea about what it's like to scuba dive in Bocas del Toro!

Dive Sites in Bocas del Toro

The Dive Shops regularly take their guests to more than 15 dive sites and are constantly looking for new sites and new underwater adventures in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Dive sites for your scuba diving trip are chosen taking into account weather and sea conditions, your desires and wishes, and anticipated diving conditions such as visibility. Checkout some of Bocas del Toro's dive sites!

There are many scuba diving sites in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Hospital Point

Hospital point is a five minute boat ride from the town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colón, the archipelago's main island, and is situated at the northern end of Isla Solarte. The reef starts at two meters and consists mainly of cauliflower and brain coral, which gradually descends until it becomes a wall with a depth of sixteen meters. The wall has numerous cracks and caverns, which are home to a wide variety of marine life. When the tide is right a small current will drift divers along the entire site. Hospital point features an enormous rock outcropping extending out over the reef, providing shelter for schools of silversides.

Buoy Line

Buoy line is also situated at the northern end of Isla Solarte and slightly to the mainland side. A deep water channel marker buoy serves as a convenient descent point to begin the dive. Flat sand at seven meters slopes gradually to a reef starting at twelve meters and falling away to more than twenty. This is the inshore site where you're most likely to encounter slightly stronger currents and therefore, also the most likely site to find pelagics and larger marine species.

Manuel's Wall

Discovered by one of Starfleet's very own Divemasters, Manuel's Wall lies just inside the deep channel off Isla Solarte. The site consists of two walls, the first at fourteen meters and the second at twenty two meters. This is one of the deepest inshore sites where depths in excess of thirty meters can be reached.

A Sea Pony in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Coral Garden

Coral Garden lies on the westerly side of Isla Solarte. This site boasts some of the best Coral in the region and is a must-see for all visiting divers. Depths range from four to eighteen meters.

The Log

The Log gets its name from the bough of an old tree which used to break the surface of the dive site, but now lies on the bottom at around nine meters. The site itself features one of the widest variety of coral formations in the area, which stretch along a two kilometer run with depths from six to eighteen meters.

Crawl Cay

Visited predominantly on all day diving tours, Crawl Cay offers some of the best coral formations in the region and is situated in the channel at the southern end of Isla Bastimentos. Maximum depth twenty meters.

There are many scuba diving sites in Bocas del Toro, Panama
San Cristobal

Situated twenty minutes from the town of Bocas del Toro, this dive site lies between Isla Colon and Isla San Cristobal. It centres around marker nineteen on the deep shipping channel, where the sea bed crests towards the surface creating a circular reef. Depths range from nine to twenty meters.

The Whorehouse

The bad news is that this is actually a dive site. The good news is that the site lies in the sea of Isla Colon and is adjacent to the airport runway. The water here is usually the calmest of all dive sites and covers a sloping reef which stretches around the base of the island.

The Wreck

The wreck in question is that of an old landing craft which was intentionally sunk in 2000 to create an artificial reef. It lies above the reef which surrounds Isla Colon's most southerly point. Divers can explore the wreck at the beginning of their dive and hopefully meet its resident nurse shark before dropping onto the reef below to continue their exploration.


A circular reef in the bay in from of Bocas Town forms the Playground. This site has more soft coral formations than most others in the area and turtles can often be sighted here. Maximum depth sixteen meters.

Scuba Diving in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Tiger Rock

For sure the best dive in the area. 40 km away from Bocas Town is this beautiful group of pinnacles where life is abundant. Here you can see large schools of fish, sharks and huge parrot fish among others. This trip is only done if sea conditions are calm. Trips leave at 9:00 am and come back around 5:00 pm. On the way back boats stop at Zapatillas Cays for lunch and to spend some time at the nicest beach around. Maximum depth 35 meters.

Zapatillas Cay

Great dive -- a little further away compared to the other dive spots but well worth the journey to the most beautiful island in the archipelago. There are very nice swims that make this dive a very nice one. Maximum depth 12 meters.

Escudo de Veraguas Island

110 km from Bocas there is this archipelago that is breathtaking. Lots of dive sites in the area. Overnight trips are offered to these islands staying in tents and eating lots of great seafood!

Other offshore dives in Bocas del Toro also include Polo Beach, Wash Rock and Dolphin Rock.

The "inside" dive locations are excellent for beginners: shallow dive sites without strong currents or big waves. On the outside reefs you'll find numerous caves and caverns. Colourful sponges and abundant macro life offer lots of possibilities for underwater photographers. Flamingo tongue snails, arrow crabs, feather duster worms and brittle stars will provide good photo opportunities. Dive sites include sloping coral reef, walls, overhangs, vast sandy areas full of coral blocks and sponges and even a shipwreck.
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Scuba Diving Courses

Due to calm conditions and highly competitive pricing, Bocas del Toro is amongst the best and most affordable places in the world to participate in scuba education! Whether discovering the underwater world for the first time, advancing your existing certification, or simply in need of a refresher, Bocas del Toro in Panama's Caribbean is your place to go!

Discover Scuba Diving | $65 - $90 pp
Discover Scuba Diving in Bocas del Toro, Panama

This half day PADI program introduces participants to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed environment. It serves to dispel common misconceptions about scuba diving and is often the first step on the path to becoming a recreational diver. The Discover Scuba Diving program allows you to experience the underwater world using scuba without getting certified. The program involves some basic theory, shallow water skills practice and an offshore dive.

The Discover Scuba Diving experience runs daily from 7:30 or 8:30 a.m. until 12 or 1 p.m. Minimum age required is 10 years of age and you'll dive to a maximum of 12 meters. Once completed, you're eligible to continue diving with the dive shop that you did it with for the duration of your trip. It can count as credit towards your Open Water Certification, in which case the cost of your Discover Scuba Diving Course is discounted from the Open Water (OW) Course.

Scuba Diver Course | $190 pp

This course is a partial certification program made up of key sections of the Open Water course. After completing it you'll be qualified to dive with a PADI Divemaster to maximum depth of 12 meters. The course is 1.5 - 2 days long. For those studying Spanish, it can be completed in 3 to 4 half day sessions. It comprises 3 modules of theory, 3 modules of confined water skills plus two open water dives.

The Scuba Diver course runs daily from 8 a.m. and includes course materials, all equipment and certification with PADI. Minimum age required is 10 years of age. Upon completion you can upgrade to the Open Water Course and just pay the difference.

Open Water Course | $300 pp
The theoritical part in scuba diving is very important as well

This course is a full certification program for worldwide independent diving. The course is 3 - 4 days long (or 6 to 8 half days if you're learning Spanish) and entails 5 modules of theory (including the PADI Open Water video to enhance your learning and a complete a series of Knowledge Reviews followed by a final exam), 5 modules of confined water skills training, and 4 open water dives (it is a performance based program meaning you'll be spending plenty of time in the water practicing skills and demonstrating you diving capabilities).

The Open Water course is the most internationally recognised scuba qualification in the world. It runs daily from 8 a.m. and includes course materials (including the PADI Open Water Manual for independent study), all equipment and certification with PADI. Minimum age requirement is 10 years of age and you'll be able to dive up to 18 meters deep. Participants aged 10 to 15 years will be awarded the Junior Open Water certification.

Scuba Review | $25 pp

The PADI Scuba Review is designed to help qualified divers back into the water after a period of inactivity. Our Instructors or Divemasters will review key areas of theory, recap and practice essential dive skills before you re-enter the open water environment. The Scuba Review program does not include a dive. The Scuba Review program is conducted daily from 8.30 a.m.

Advanced Open Water Course | $225 pp

This course is for qualified divers (with an Open Water Course certification) who wish to expand their skills and diving experiences. Being an Advanced Diver means you have completed training in five specialized areas of diving, two of which are requirements for this certification: Deep Diving and Navigation. The remaining three specialties can be chosen from Multilevel Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Photography, Search and Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Night Diver, Nitrox or Drift and Wreck.

The course is usually conducted over two days (or 4 half days) and involves 2 core dives in deep diving and navigation and a further 3 dives chosen from the list of specialties. The Advanced Open Water qualification is run daily from 8 a.m. and includes course materials, all equipment and certification with PADI, which counts toward the Master Scuba Diver rating. It is an extremely popular program with recently qualified divers as it offers supervised experience in a variety of new environments.

Rescue Diver Course | $265 pp

This course will help you to refine and further develop your accident prevention and management skills. The program will teach you how to manage an emergency situation from the shore, boat or in the water. This course is both rewarding and challenging, is taken over a 3 day period (or 6 half days) and involves extensive First Aid and dive theory plus 12 practical rescue scenarios. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is challenging, it is a rewarding way to build your confidence. Many divers say this is the best course they've ever taken.

The Rescue Diver course is run on request and includes course materials (including book), all equipment and certification with PADI. Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent and anticipate problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress
  • emergency oxygen delivery systems
  • diving first aid
  • swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques
  • emergency management and equipment
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in-water rescue breathing protocols
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

It is a requirement for all students starting the Rescue Diver Course to have successfully completed an internationally recognised First Aid course within the past 2 years. Students without this requirement can take the Emergency First Response course which is an additional $65 when run together with the Rescue Diver program (or $95 just for the First Aid Course). This course takes 1 additional day (or 2 half days).

Specialty Courses

Our Instructors are and the most qualified in Panama and can teach a range of 13 specialty programs for those divers wishing to focus their scuba skills in specific disciplines. These programs involve between 2 and 4 dives and are designed to improve knowledge and practical skills in the chosen areas.

Specialty programs are conducted on request. Achieving PADI Specialty ratings can take anywhere from as little as one day to a full weekend - but this is all hands-on, so you'll be diving right from the start.

Master Scuba Diver

This is the highest non-professional rating that can be achieved in the PADI System of diver education. To be awarded you'll need to be qualified to Rescue Diver level and have also completed at least 5 specialty ratings.

What do you need to accomplish this level?

  • PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • 50 logged dives
  • Five PADI Specialty course certifications
  • Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for Junior Master Scuba Diver)

PADI Master Scuba Diver indicates you have a significant amount of training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

Divemaster | $650 pp
Advanced PADI Open Water Course in Bocas del Toro, Panama

The PADI Divemaster course is the first professional level in the PADI system. The course is made up of 3 areas - knowledge development, water skills and stamina, and practical application. During the course you'll develop new leadership skills and professional level knowledge and abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

The course is challenging and demanding but by earning this certification you'll distinguished as both an accomplished diver and leader. The course can be completed in 10 days although most candidates prefer to do an apprenticeship within the dive academy. Dive shops in Bocas del Toro can put together a training package to suit individual requirements which can include food and accommodation. The apprenticeship gives you first hand experience of the role of a divemaster within a controlled environment.

The Divemaster program is conducted upon request for the 10-day straight course - candidates are required to purchase their course materials in addition to the course fees. A more popular alternative to the 10 day program is to participate in an internship over a number of weeks. With this option candidates will gain real world skills working with divers and students and learning how a busy dive school operates. Working closely with our PADI Instructors, you'll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as you become a dive professional. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

What can PADI Divemasters do?

  • Work at local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations
  • Assist PADI Instructors with students
  • Lead PADI Scuba Divers on guided dive tours
  • Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
  • Teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs
  • Conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers
  • Lead certified divers on Discover Local Diving experiences
  • Teach Emergency First Response programs after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
  • PADI Rescue Diver certification or qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician
  • 20 logged dives
  • 18 years old

What will I do?

  • Learn dive leadership through classroom and independent study sessions
  • Complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water
  • Training exercises to test organizational and problem solving abilities
  • An internship or series of practical training exercises
Open Water Scuba Instructor | $950 pp
Advanced PADI Open Water Course in Bocas del Toro, Panama

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. During the IDC (Instructor Development Course), you'll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers. PADI Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs - from Discover Scuba through Divemaster.

What do you need to start?

  • PADI Assistant Instructor certification or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or PADI Office for qualifying credentials)
  • Hold a dive certification for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
  • Proof of CPR training within the last 24 months
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician

What will you do?

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
  • Have at least 100 logged dives prior to entering a PADI Instructor Exam

What materials are needed?

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Best of The Undersea Journal
  • Log Book
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet

This program comprises 2 or 3 phases

  • Phase I - Instructor Development Course (IDC) conducted over 12 days by Course Director
  • Phase II - Instructor Examination (IE) conducted over 2 days by PADI
  • Phase III - EFR Instructor and Specialty Instructor Courses begin following the Instructor Examination
Want to become a PADI Instructor? Bocas del Toro is the base for Panama's only PADI Course Director. Instructor Development Courses are programmed throughout the year. Please contact us for more information...
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Accommodation Options

Home Stays with Local Host Families
Live with a local host family during your Spanish course

If you would like to get fully immersed in the Spanish language, experience our culture, and get as much exposure as possible to the Latin American way of life, then a home stay with a local host family is the way to go. Living with a native Spanish speaking family and having daily intensive Spanish lessons makes the most effective Spanish immersion.

You'll get a unique perspective about how we live our lives in Latin America, what really matters to us and more importantly you'll be forced to practice your Spanish 24 x 7, which will dramatically increase how fast you learn to speak Spanish.

We currently collaborate with more than 20 host families in Bocas del Toro, Panama that make our Spanish Immersion Program a reality. In order to ensure that we select the most appropriate host family for you, please submit your Home Stay Interview with as much as anticipation as possible. In this way we will know your specific needs and choose a host family according to your personality. As host families are assigned on a first come first serve basis, the sooner you fill out the interview, the more host families we will have to choose from for you.

Hostel Heike on main street in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Budget Hostels

If you're on a budget and would like to easily be able to socialize with fellow travelers after having Spanish lessons and scuba diving all day long, then a budget hostel is for you.

At Habla Ya Spanish School we work with several top value budget hostels that offer you either private rooms or a bed in a dorm, where you'll certainly enjoy your stay:

421 Guesthouse and Saigon Bay and Breakfast are just a 3 minute and 10 minute walk respectively from us

In Bocas del Toro, Panama there are numerous mid range hotels where Spanish students can stay at
Mid-Range B&Bs, Cabins & Vacation Rentals

There are several places that we recommend for Spanish students looking for a bit more privacy and independence during their Scuba Diving Spanish program:

The above are tremendously convenient and very reasonably priced for short to mid term stays (4 - 12 weeks) and the students at our Spanish school in Bocas del Toro simply love them. Each of the above have their own unique features that make them suitable for our Spanish students with different needs and desires. Click on the above links for more details about each option.

Upscale Boutique Hotels
Tropical Suites is our favourite upscale boutique hotel in Bocas del Toro

Our favorite upscale hotels in Bocas del Toro are Tropical Suites and Palma Royale.

Tropical Suites is built directly over turquoise Caribbean waters, with 16 guest suites, a three bedroom Presidential Penthouse, and a Luxury Studio Apartment. Simply put Tropical Suites is Bocas del Toro's premier upscale boutique hotel. Tropical Suites is about a 10 minute walk from our Spanish School and about a 2 minute to Central Park

Palma Royale, Bocas del Toro's latest upscale boutique hotel, is located at the end of main street, only 20 meters from the Caribbean Sea and has 15 suites with marble and bamboo flooring, handcrafted cedar doors and beds with pillowtop mattresses. Palma Royale is about a 15 minute walk from our Spanish school and 5 minute walk to Central Park.

There are also other types of properties available for rent in Bocas del Toro, Panama. If you're considering studying Spanish with us for 4 weeks or more, you might benefit from having your very own vacation rental. Please contact us for more information about rentals in Bocas.

If you're undecided about which lodging option will be the most appropriate one for your Spanish language holiday, please Contact Us, tell us more about yourself, about what you're looking for and we will guide you to choose the best place for you!
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Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown, make the most of your time and pickup a skill: learn Spanish from the convenience and safety of your home: receive a 25% Discount Off Online Private Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 10 hours — and 50% Discount Off Online Group Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 60 hours. Limited spaces. SIGN UP AND REGISTER TODAY!

Calculating the Cost of your Spanish Learning & Scuba Dive Program
In Bocas del Toro, Panama you can learn Spanish and scuba dive everday

There are four variables to consider when determining the total cost of your Learn Spanish & Scuba Dive Program in Panama. Costs are given itemized as there are different Spanish courses to choose from, multiple lodging options, and some students might decide to join an additional eco-adventure tours. If you would like to request a quote for a specific amount of weeks (or several different options) please click here.

The different variables to consider are:

Cost for Spanish Classes
You can complement your medical Spanish classes with group lessons to improve your conversational skills

Rates for Spanish classes go from $175 - $575 USD per week. The actual rate per week depends on:

  • how many hours of lessons you have each week (10 - 30)
  • if you have private lessons only or a combination of group and private lessons
  • the amount of weeks you sign up for (the longer the length of your Spanish study program, the more convenient the rate you have access to)

Click on the links below to find prices for specific options:

Choosing the most appropriate lodginng options will make your stay a much more pleasant one
Cost for Lodging

Rates for accommodation depend on your choice of accommodation and on the length of your stay.

  • Home Stays with Local Families cost $250 USD per week (breakfast and dinner included). Please add supplement of $25 per week in Bocas del Toro and $50 per week in Panama City.
  • Budget Hostels go from $10 USD per night for a bed in a shared dorm up to $75 USD per night for a private room with a private bathroom (more affordable private options are also available).
  • Midrange Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts go from $495 to $950 USD per week for a furnished Suite or Cabin.
  • Upscale Boutique Hotels and Resorts go from $540 to $3000 USD per week.

Please click here to checkout specific rates for all of our lodging options...

Cost to Scuba (and/or to get PADI Certified)
Bocas del Toro in Panama is one of the cheapest places in the world to scuba dive

Bocas del Toro is one of the cheapest places in the world to scuba dive. If you're already certified to open water dive or if you're looking for a scuba diving course, in Bocas del Toro, you'll find the best deals in Central America... by far!

The following rates are for those who already know how to scuba dive and have the appropriate diving certifications. If you'd like to learn how to scuba dive in Bocas del Toro, refresh your diving skills or gain further scuba diving certifications, check out our scuba diving courses.

Rates for Scuba Diving
One Tank Dive $35
Two Tank Dives $60
Night Dive $50
All Day Tour with 2 Tank Dives $75
Off-Shore 2 Tank Dives $75 - $125

* The above prices DO INCLUDE Panama's 7% ITBMS Sales Tax. A video of your dive can be purchased for $35 and photos for $20. The All Day Tour with 2 Tank Dives visits Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay (for lunch) and Red Frog Beach ($3 admission) besides the 2 Dives and requires a minimum of 3 persons. Additional guests can join this tour and snorkel instead of diving by paying only $25 per additional guest. A Credit Card is required to make a reservation. Trips can be cancelled up to 1 week in advance with no penalty. After that a 50% penalty is charged and no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours incur in 100% penalty.

Rates for Scuba Diving Courses
Discover Scuba Diving $65 (1 tank dive)
$90 (2 tank dive)
Scuba Diver Course $190
Open Water Course $300
Scuba Review $25
Advanced Open Water Course $225
Rescue Diver Course $265
Emergency First Response $95
Specialty Courses Upon Request
Master Scuba Diver -
Divemaster $650
Open Water Scuba Instructor $950
Emergency Frist Responder Instructor $250
Materials for IDC and EFRI $300
PADI Exam Fee for IDC $620

* The above prices DO include Panama's 7% ITBMS Sales Tax. A video of your dive can be purchased for $35 and photos for $20. A Credit Card is required to make a reservation. Trips can be cancelled up to 1 week in advance with no penalty. After that a 50% penalty is charged and no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours incur in 100% penalty. For certain courses, cost of materials and exams also have to be added. Please contact us for more information.

Rates for Eco-Adventure Tours

Besides learning Spanish you'll certainly have a blast after class!

In Bocas del Toro, Panama you can learn how to surf in warm Caribbean waters

Habla Ya Spanish students have access to special discounts off many eco-adventure tours. For more information about tours in Bocas del Toro, and complete pricing info click here.

Please note that there is no separate registration fee for our Spanish courses. A $99 deposit, which goes toward your tuition, is required to secure your spot after you Sign Up & Register. Rates include: registration, level test, class materials and handouts, wifi internet connection at the school, certain cultural & social activities and access to all of the school's facilities. A textbook for your level is included when you sign up for at least 20 hours of lessons, and a course certificate is included when you sign up and attend for at least 60 hours of lessons. Any of our six textbooks (for our six levels) can also be purchased for $25 USD.
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