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Dive Review of Black Durgon Inn & Scuba Center in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marco Accattatis, NJ, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Barbados, Jamaica.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All Bonaire visitors must do a check-out dive as part of the briefing
process before taking off on their own to shore dive or going on a dive
boat. We were allowed to take only one tank pp per trip to the north of the
island due to theft concerns.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
My wife and I stayed at the Black Durgon Inn for eleven days and we had a
fabolous time. Rona, Rick, and Al are the most gracious hosts and they are
very attentive without being overbearing. The dive shop is very
conveniently located right off the pier and Rick is an excellent SSI
instructor. My wife and I were a little bit rusty with our skills and Rick
was very patient and helpful. The room we stayed in, overlooking the ocean,
was perfect. Nothing fancy but comfortable and roomy. The rooms in the
front of the Inn are not as nice but Rick and Rona are currently working on
them. If you go there, ask for an ocean side room. All rooms are priced the
same and the ocean view makes a big difference. We really didn't spend that
much time in the room anyway. We would hang out on the patio, or dive off
the pier at one of the best dive sites in Bonaire, Small Wall. The
breakfast every morning was a treat and the open air shared kitchen was a
great thing as it saved us a lot of money from eating out every night. Out
of an eleven day stay we ate out only 4 times. The rest of the time we
cooked dinner while watching the sunset. The diving was excellent both on
site and around the island. The only annoyance was that dive operators
won't let divers take more than one tank pp to the north of the island due
to theft concerns. As far as thefts are concerned, we had no problems. I
had done my homework prior to our trip and we followed the advice of not
leaving anything in the truck while diving as well as leaving the truck
unlocked with the windows rolled down. This, unfortunately, didn't allow us
to take that many topside pictures but, in retrospect, it was worth the
annoyance as two other divers from our inn had things stolen from their
truck while diving. Overall, it was a great diving experience for two
novices like my wife and I. Getting to Bonaire can be a little tricky but
it is well worth the effort.
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