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Dive Review of Belmar Oceanfront Apartments in
Bonaire

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by James T. McKnight, MA, USA
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Report Number 3979
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Truk Lagoon, Bikini Atoll, Lembeh Strait, Caymens, NC, Ley Largo, Lake
Ontario and various NE sites
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
no restrictions on shore diving, 1 hour limit on boat diving  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Rough conditions limited photography to boat dives.  John Wall at Buddy
Dive Digital Photo Center loaned me a Ikelite housing base and handles
without charge.  I had left this part home.  Viz was was below average for
Bonaire due to windy conditions.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Belmar Oceanfront Apartments are run by Buddy Dive Resort.  Only real
problem was water pressure in second level bathroom shower.  I would stay
there again, but only on first floor.  The Roomer Hotel across the street
is good for breakfast and dinner and has a nice bar.  We had to travel via
Miami and Curacao since direct flights were twice the price, over $1200. 
Never again, if I can't get a direct flight at a reasonable cost I won't
go, just too much hassle.  I do recommend Divi Divi airlines, but Curacao
Airport (and nearby hotel) and Miami International should be avoided.

Diving was poor (by Bonaire standards) for two days due to wind. 
Conditions improved thereafter and we enjoyed all our dives except for one
at Lac Bay.  We dove from Cai on the east side of the bay and ran into a
very strong outgoing tide.  We had to abort the dive and work hard to get
back.  There are supposed to be big fish in "the bowl" located in
the mouth of the bay.  Check the tide before diving. 
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