Explore Panama Diving: Isla Ladrones

Scuba diving in Panama can be done year-round at Isla Ladrones in the Pacific Ocean of Panama. During the winter months from May through November the water becomes warmer and it is possible to see humpback whales. February through April are the cooler months but a thin wetsuit will be enough. During the rest of the year you can go diving in your bathing suit without getting cold as you descend.

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Isla Ladrones

Isla Ladrones, is a great Panama diving location for more advanced divers. The Panama scuba diving location is 50 minutes from to the resort and is another amazing Panama dive location.

While diving Isla Ladrones Panama it is possible to see species of jack and snapper, white tip sharks  as well as Pacific barracuda and needlefish.  Species of manta ray, such as devil, mobula and eagle can be spotted quite frequently, as well as turtles. Reef sharks such as nurse, white-tip and black-tip swim in these waters. We have 5 dive sites surrounding Ladrones Island, view dive details on the interactive map below or explore our Panama all inclusive dive packages today.

Interactive Dive Map

Isla Ladrones Dive Locations:

Dive Site:  Middle Point, Isla Ladrones

Middle Point is a Panama scuba Diving Location accessed by boat close to Isla Ladrones, travel time is 40 min from Cala Mia Island Dive Resort.

This Isla Ladrones site is located literally in the middle of Isla Paridas and Isla Ladrones. Exposed to currents, winds, and swell. There is no structure over the surface, so we are able to arrive to this site only following its coordinates with a GPS. There is one large Gorge/Canyon where many hard and soft corals are distributed. In between the corals you can spot Lobsters, and Octopus. The experience of diving a gorge is unique as it is plankton rich so many creatures are drawn to it. The depth is 131ft/40m, visibility is 65ft/20m and temperature is 27-29 C/ 80-85 F. You can also spot Whale shark, White-tip sharks, Manta Ray, Spotted Eagle Ray, Almaco Jack, Golden Jack, Rainbow Runner, Chancho Surgeonfish, French Angelfish, Amberjack, and types of Puffer.

Suitable for advanced divers

Dive Site:  Pancake Point, Isla Ladrones

Pancake Point is boat dive located close to Isla Ladrones, travel time is 50 min from Cala Mia Island Dive Resort.

Spotting pods of dolphins on the way to this site is really common. Also, reachable only with the help of the GPS. It’s a small underwater hill that arises from the seafloor no more than 45 m. This knoll consists of layers of rocks and their appearance provides the impression of a tower of pancakes. This tower of pancakes is covered in a mix of hard and soft corals. The maximum depth is 114ft/35m, the average visibility is 114ft/35m. The temperature is around 27-29 C/ 80-85 F, yet thermocline can be felt and sometimes even seen. Species to be seen in this spot: White-tip sharks, Manta Ray, schools of Jacks and Barracudas, different sizes of Snappers, Blunthead Triggerfish, Pacific Boxfish, amongst others.

Suitable for advanced divers

Dive Site:  Inside Point, Isla Ladrones

Inside Point is boat dive located close to Isla Ladrones, travel time is 60 min from Cala Mia Island Dive Resort.

This Isla Ladrones protected spot is a great diving opportunity for all levels of expertise. Featuring a shallow depth of 49ft/15m, and the good visibility of 49ft/15m is constant all year round. Temperature is around 27-29 C/ 80-85 F. The sandy bottom has a mix of rocks and hard corals. There are many Cortez Garden Eels, sea turtles, starfish, different types of rays, Spotted Rose Snappers, and Yellowtail Snapper. Many Sea urchins can be spotted too, as well as small coral fishes.

Suitable for all levels of expertise

Dive Site:  Flat Rock, Isla Ladrones

Flat Rock is boat dive located close to Isla Ladrones, travel time is 60 min from Cala Mia Island Dive Resort.

This Panama scuba Diving Location is exposed to currents and wind, with a rocky bottom covered in hard and soft corals. The main attraction is a huge flat rock that’s inclined towards a bigger rock. The space created by this inclination provides a safe atmosphere for different types of Snappers. Maximum depth is 121ft/37m, the visibility is 49ft/15m, and the temperature is around 27-29 C/ 80-85 F. It is common to spot Groupers under the rocks, and other creatures such as White-tip sharks, schools of Barracudas, and different types of Jacks.

Suitable for advanced divers

Dive Site:  Corner Point, Isla Ladrones

Corner Point is boat dive located close to Isla Ladrones, travel time is 65 min from Cala Mia Island Dive Resort.

This Isla Ladrones site consists of a canyon with a sandy bottom where a mix of soft and hard corals are distributed within its walls. Sea turtles can be spotted, as well as many colorful coral fishes such as Spotted Rose Snapper, Blue Spotted Jack, different types of Morays, Panamic Porkfish, French and Queen Angelfish, Graybar Grunt, Moorish Idol, Pacific Boxfish, amongst others. The maximum depth is of 82ft/25m, the visibility is 65ft/20m, and the temperature is around 27-29 C/ 80-85 F.

Suitable for all levels of expertise

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