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Capt. Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   We always have a great time in Bonaire. Were a little worried about the damage by recent hurricanes. The preliminary reports from ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
9/2004   Dave Bridenbaugh
100+ Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Windsock Full report N   [N/A]   [My Dive buddy and I(My buddy's 43 and I am 44 years old) had bad intel for the trip,did not do enough research via web or other. ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2004   Trevor Cramer
<100 Dives
 
Divi dive/ Div Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   We stayed at the Divi Flamingo October 30 to November 6. Check-in was fast and smooth, although initially we were assigned a room ... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
11/2004   Jim Reilly and Fran Klass
100+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo/Larrys Wildside Full report N   [N/A]   The diving in Bonaire was just great. We saw lots of vibrant corals and large numbers of tropical fish. The water was in the 80,... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2004   Judy Flagg
250+ Dives
 
Larry's Wild Side Diving Full report N   [N/A]   Larry, a former dive master on Bonaire, has opened a very exciting dive operation, making boat diving to the east coast of Bonaire... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
10/2004   Dawn Steedman
100+ Dives
 
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Capt. Dons Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   A very fun trip. Capt. Dons Habitats' slogan is diving freedom. Was as advertised. Staff was great, tanks plentiful. nice set up ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2004   Joe Mellino
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Our 4th visit to Buddy Dive Resort in the past 3 years. We make Bonaire and Buddys an annual pilgrimage. Resort staff are friend... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2004   James & Linda Dyer
250+ Dives
 
Bon Bini Divers/ Ocean View Villas Full report N   [N/A]   Quick little trip to Bonaire hit the spot -- relaxation, no timetables. Tim, one of the owners of Ocean View Villas was waiting fo... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
5/2004   Marc & Maureen Duggan
<100 Dives
 
Bon Bini/ Lion's Dive Full report N   [N/A]   My experience with American Airlines (Miami/San Jaun/Bonaire itinerary) makes me long for the days of ALM. Late flights, cancelled... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
8/2004   Clay Coleman
500+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive & Adventure/ Sand Dollar Full report N   [N/A]   7/28 8/4/2004 Air Jamaica flight originally scheduled for 8:20 AM took off at 12:20 PM. Eventually the 6 made it to Bonaire on... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
7/2004   Jacki Briggs
<100 Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Happy Holiday Homes Full report Y   [N/A]   Currenlty, there is a lot of chatter about poor local response to increasing crime. Although we didn't experience any problems, w... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2003   Frank Crosby
250+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive and Adventure/ Sabd Dollar Full report N   [N/A]   I was impressed with the dive operation. They did a good job, and had helpful and well qualified staff.... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Janet Sitchin
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The Bad: Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) was terrible and cost us a day and a half of diving due to passenger delays and even longe... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   George Wilkens
<100 Dives
 
Bruce Bowkers Carib Inn/ I dove only Full report N   [N/A]   I dove with Bruce Bowker one day. I had been diving with Toucan Diving but, they were over booked this day. I'm glad because it ga... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Kevin
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Very friendly locals. The people reminded me of how Grand Cayman was 20 years ago. My decision to stay at Plaza Resort is mostly t... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Kevin
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Although the underwater sites were more than satisfactory, the dive crews and operation left much to be desired. The equipment ro... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
4/2004   Ed Boyer
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Overall, the resort is very nice. As a group of nineteen, we stayed in several three-bedroom "apartments". All of the bedrooms are... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Marsha Stout
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   First trip to Bonaire, will come back. Really enjoyed the shore diving. No crowds, take as many tanks as needed. Town Pier nig... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2003   Mike Hill
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   This is a follow up to my original posting. After having our villa broken into in the middle of the night and being robbed of came... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2004   Bruce Weiner, DDS
250+ Dives
 
Wannadive/ Eden Beach Full report N   [N/A]   Good diving. Diving is easy if no currents, can be challenging if any currents, especially entries/exits. Some sites are almost i... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
9/2003   Ed Gross
100+ Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   The diving was pleasant and relaxing. Unfortunately our villa was broken into in the middle of the night while we were sleeping an... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2004   Bruce
250+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Toucan Divers and the Plaza Resort offer a first class diving experience in Bonaire. Our package included a dual cab pickup truck ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2004   Mark Goodman
<100 Dives
 
Buddy's Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Our first trip to Bonaire. Hard to imagine that any operation can be any more accomodating to serious divers than Buddy's Dive Res... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
12/2003   Michael Ewing
<100 Dives
 
Carib Inn Full report N   [N/A]   We arranged to rent the house at the Carib Inn. We thought it was waterfront. It is not but from a deck you can see the water. It... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
12/2003   M. Davis
100+ Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Sorobon Beach Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This is a relatively undiscovered and undeveloped island for the general tourist trade. Virtually all the tourists are divers wit... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2003   Pat Aderman
100+ Dives
 
Harbour Village Full report N   [N/A]   Flew down via American for two days Nitrox diving. Resort enforces an orientation dive which took up precious time - not all ops ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2003   Ezra Lunde
<100 Dives
 
Divi Divers/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   This was our first trip to Bonaire. We flew Air Jamaica and were pleased with the flight, although the days of post 9-11 empty sea... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2003   James Reilly and Fran Klass
100+ Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Hamlet Oasis Full report N   [N/A]   This was our fifth trip to Bonaire, and it was delightful, as usual. The diving was superb. We made 25 dives over 8 days. We spok... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2003   Bob & Carolyn Smith
100+ Dives
 
Toucan/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   1The resort was located in a beautiful area- although the grounds were unkept. I wouldn't spend the extra money on a grand suite b... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2003   Pete Lemme
100+ Dives
 
Toucan/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   1The resort was located in a beautiful area- although the grounds were unkept. I wouldn't spend the extra money on a grand suite b... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2003   Pete Lemme
100+ Dives
 
Capt. Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   We were prepared to spend some time touring the island. Was something that could have been done easily in a day. Not much to see. ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
9/2003   Dave Bridenbaugh
<100 Dives
 
Captain Dons Full report N   [N/A]   We went for 2 reasons - had heard great things about Bonaire and had great connections from Houston via Jamaica to Bonaire. The f... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
8/2003   Artie Burke
100+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Beach Full report N   [N/A]   RETURN VISIT AFTER 18 YEARS. SADLY, AS IN SO MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN, BONAIRE IS A SHELL OF ITS FORMER SELF OF 18 YEARS ... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
11/2003   TOM LOPATIN
1000+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   Everythinbg about the trip was good except for the deceit concerning accomodations. I own a dive store and make it a priorty to s... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2003   Michael Tyzbir
1000+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   All I had read prior to my leaving were bad reports about the resort, but surprisingly, I found the room to be extremely clean wit... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2003   Jackie Sax
<100 Dives
 
Divi Dive/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   In my opinion if you are going to do boat diving, do 2 tank boat dives, so you can go further north & south and spend more time on... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Irv Kaplan
500+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   Lots of good places to eat in walking distance to town. Resort is re-doing eating facilities and should be completed by now. A lot... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   David Smedley
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive resort Full report N   na   After reading nearly every reader report in Undercurrent, we finally decided to make our first real dive trip to Bonaire with the... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2003   Mark Y. Yamanaka
<100 Dives
 
Captain Don's Full report N   [N/A]   [None]We have be going to Captain Don's for years. We always have a great time. The rooms are nicer than the larger units. Dive... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Dennis Munden
1000+ Dives
 
Capt'n Dons Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   [None]The Home of Diving Freedom lived up to its name. We signed up for unlimited nitrox diving and it was very easy to dive on t... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2003   Michele Kondras
100+ Dives
 
WannaDive/ Yacht Club Apartments Full report N   [N/A]   We took Air Jamaica this time and avoided ALM/DCA nightmares we experienced last trip. AJ has packed in some more seats in the LA... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2003   Sandra Tullis
100+ Dives
 
Larry's Wildside Diving Full report N   [N/A]   Larry takes you where you go and when you want to go there. Larry is safety oriented without being a mother hen. Excellent with ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Terry Ekdahl
100+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   [None]Excellent week at Divi Dive Bonaire, at Divi Flamingo in Bonaire. Went with our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Tripp Jones MD
250+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Beach Full report N   [N/A]   This is a comfortable resort with a good dive shop and staff. Only one boat dive we had an overloaded boat, 19 divers. Rest of t... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
4/2003   Rich Gettmann
250+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   This was my second trip to Bonaire and I love the place even more. The diving is great; lots of small to medium sized fish and g... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
3/2003   Paul McFall
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   The good: Just about everything. The people are friendly, the dive operation is run very efficiently, boats are clean, well cared ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2003   Karin & Glenn Butler
100+ Dives
 
Larry's Wild Side Diving/ Carib Inn Full report N   [N/A]   Something NEW in (sometimes boring) Bonaire: We love Bonaire, been there 9 times. You know why: shallow, beautiful reefs; lot... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
12/2002   Jerry Kaelin
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Huricane damage from Nov. 2000 is apparent from 0 to 30 feet. The sites in Washington Park were badly damaged. The sites alon... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
2/2003   Mark S. Reckman
250+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This is an annual for us. Nothing has changed, it's all good. Carnival every year. Good food, decent wine, great diving.... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2003   Jay Vaughn
<100 Dives
 
Bon Bini/ Lions Dive Full report N   [N/A]   The Trip. The park-and-fly arrangement with the Holiday Inn at BWI airport was more hassle than it was worth. You spend a night ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2003   Richard R. Sziede
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   It was all good! The resort and it's staff was wonderful and very helpful in all areas (i.e. resort, restaurants, diving and dive... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2003   Esther Kuznetz
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Lion's Dive Full report N   [N/A]   We stayed at Lion's and the room was good. Full kitchen. Cleaned daily and nice balcony/view. Regency rooms are better than the Ro... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2003   Debbie Anderson
100+ Dives
 
Great Adventures/ Harbour Village Full report N   [N/A]   I have been visiting Bonaire since 1980 and it is still a very pleasant place for a relaxing vacation. Harbour Village is pricey ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2003   Art Vedejs
250+ Dives
 
Captian Don's/ Captain Don's Full report N     When we arrived at Captain Don's we immediatly recognized that this was the right place. The diving was amazingly convenient as t... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
9/2002   Michael Cleaver
<100 Dives
 
Bonaire Dive & Adventure/ Sand Dollar Condominiums Full report N   [N/A]   Travel to the resort was extremely difficult -- Due to cancelation of our Air Jamaica flight from Houston on early Saturday mornin... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
12/2002   James and Kandace Heimer
250+ Dives
 
Capt. Dons Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   [None]We stayed 12 days. Bonaire has good reefs. Capt. Dons: average rooms/ average housekeeping service. Maintenance problems ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
12/2002   Sandy Ruffin
250+ Dives
 
carib inn Full report N   [N/A]   The diving freedom is fantastic on Bonaire. It's one of those things you almost fear will disappear someday. Just throw a tank i... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
7/2002   james snowden
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Bonaire is an excellent dive site. The reefs are very well developed and don't have the open and sandy area that more northern lo... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   T Michael Garrison
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Bonaire is an excellent dive site. The reefs are very well developed and don't have the open and sandy area that more northern lo... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   T Michael Garrison
100+ Dives
 
Divi Full report N   [N/A]   Had we known, we would skip the meals included package, service was horribly slow at lunch & dinner. Short walk into town for man... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   Peter Golitzen
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our third trip to Bonaire and Buddy Dive. There was an unlimited boat dive package for Free in October. Our stay carrie... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2002   Pat and Charlie Nash
250+ Dives
 
Bon Bini Divers/ Lion's Dive Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   You can safely eat anywhere in Bonaire as well as drink the tap water (which is very good). Just do not leave any valuables in yo... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
10/2002   Scott Boyd
100+ Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Very nice accommodations. Staff friendly and efficient. Decent simple lunch at the beach bar after diving. Menus at other resor... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2002   Bob Rollin
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Buddy Dive the first having been in '99 before the Island was hit by the surge for Lenny. There is sti... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2002   John White
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Buddy Dive, and both were very enjoyable trips. There is noticable change above the 30' line since the... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2002   John White
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Good for beginners but currents and wind-driven surge made shore entry and exit an unexpected challenge even for the physically ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
2/2002   Ron Larkin
<100 Dives
 
Bon Bini Divers/ Lion's Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Lion's Dive facilities are good, clean, recently redone. Staff are friendly and helpful. Dive shop orperators/dive masters were co... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2002   Bob -Pat Thompson
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Our only problem of the trip was getting to Bonaire. Although I had used Maduro Dive Travel successfully before, they were initia... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
6/2002   Gary DeBarba
500+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   Petty crime does happen on Bonaire. Our jeep was broken into and our camera stolen. It wasnt like we werent warned. Keep the wi... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2001   Clare Petosa
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   The staff at Buddy Dive and Resort were helpful and friendly. Thanks Heleen! Good selection of gear and true 24/7 diving availabl... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2002   Fiona Rattray
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   The staff at Buddy Dive and Resort were helpful and friendly. Thanks Heleen! Good selection of gear and true 24/7 diving availabl... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2002   Fiona Rattray
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   N/A   I stayed at Captain Don's Habitat. He is truly a unique character! His slide show presentation is not to be missed. The resort ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2002   Cyd Allred
<100 Dives
 
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