Dive 241: Hospital Point, Bocas del Toro (Panama)

Dive time: 00:48:00
Max depth: 15.3 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 6 metres
Buddy: Leandro
Surface interval: 01:00:00

I snorkelled here yesterday and there was loads of fishlife up top so I was eager to see what was deeper. There is a gently sloping wall here so we swam out along it and came back the same way. Saw quite a few spiny lobster, an absolutely massive crab in its hole, a big ugly toadfish, a spotted moray, cleaner shrimp, a small ray, and a little seahorse clinging onto a fan under an overhang.

Nice relaxing dive.

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Dive 240: 05, Bocas del Toro (Panama)

Dive time: 00:51:00
Max depth: 14.0 metres
Temperature: 26 C
Visibility: 8 metres
Buddy: Leandro

I went out Bocas Water Sports and had a good group of fellow experienced divers from Canada and Spain. This site was fairly flat with a sandy bottom and patches of coral and big fans. Viz wasn’t great due to recent rains.

We saw some adult and juvenile spotted drummers, little spiny lobsters, some cleaner shrimp and quite a few types of colourful reef fish – butterflyfish, angelfish and wrasses.

I dived with my 100 lempira watch ($5), which was supposed to be water resistant but I don’t think it liked the water! The LED display went a little funny!