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Dive Review of Belmar Oceanfront Apartments in
Bonaire

Belmar Oceanfront Apartments, Mar, 2008,

by James T. McKnight, MA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 3979.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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