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Dive Review of Belmar Bonaire in

December, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Laura A. , VA, US
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Report Number 7473
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Lembeh, Palau, Sea of Cortez, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Roatan, Utila,
Belize, Florida and Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
75   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We didn't do any boat diving, so we were on our own--shore diving freedom!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Rinse tank.  ...
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4 stars
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Value for $$
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5 stars   
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We stayed at the Belmar for Christmas week, in a corner first-floor two
bedroom apartment. Nice, large, and comfy (except for bad lighting) with an
outstanding view and fully equipped kitchen. We arrived on the 6 a.m.
flight, and were lucky to get our room right away. Unfortunately, we
couldn't get our truck until the late afternoon, so we were stuck there all
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By woodca at Jan 02, 2014 17:27 EST  
I can't blame you regarding the house reef. I've stayed at Sand Dollar
three times and have been totally spoiled by Bari Reef. For my next trip,
I'll stay at Den Lamen to have the same dock and house reef. Sand Dollar
has dissociated with Bonaire Dive & Adventure and no longer has access
to dock. Rumor has it they will be putting in their own floating dock but
that rumor has been circulating for quite a while. BD&A has nice boats
to Klein Bonaire and sites not available from shore.
By Dolores at Jan 03, 2014 10:54 EST  
Craig, I don't blame you for making the switch--Bari reef is excellent,
although we didn't dive it this time around. FYI, Buddy's has repaired
their pier from the last time I was in Bonaire (2011) and the orange cup
coral I remember so well has made a comeback. That's also a great night
dive. We were only there for one week, so didn't book any boat dives,
although we had a night dive every night but Christmas Eve. IMHO, the house
reef is particularly important when you like night dives--that much quicker
into the shower and on to dinner!
By woodca at Jan 04, 2014 10:53 EST  
The only night dives I've done that were better than Bari Reef in Bonaire,
were off Little Cayman
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