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Dive Review of Bon Binis in

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Mort Rolleston, VA, US
Report Number 1505
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, NC, New Providence Bahamas, 1000 Islands in St Lawrence River
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Overall impressions of Bonaire:

·	Convenience (can basically roll out your condo door into the ocean
and swim 30 yards to great diving or drive a truck within 15 minutes and
swim 100 yards out or take a dive boat and get to numerous great sites
(including Klein Bonaire) within 15 minutes.  Very easy to get 4-5 dives a
day in.
·	The coral and macro life is really top notch.  Swimming over the
very thick and healthy layers of corals (with endless holes and gaps and
compartments),  you can watch countless critters very actively living their
lives under the cover of the coral (like a whole new dimension you cannot
see above the coral).  The hard coral on Klein Bonaire looked like
something out of Tolkien.
·	The gang of tarpons at night right off the dive resort (a group of
three tarpon use your diving lights to hunt - they'll lurk behind you and
then will unexpectedly fly past you literally inches from your head and go
chasing after something just beyond your light range and then circle back
behind you to wait for the next opportunity.  Having 3 to 5 foot tarpon
flying by your head like that out of the darkness is really cool...)

·	Very little to nothing in the way of pelagics or large schooling
fish (or much life of any kind) above the corals in the open water (in
nearly 20 dives the entire week, I think all I saw other than the tarpons
at night, was a handful of barracuda over the wreck,  an eagle ray, and a
turtle).  As someone who is really into the school fish and large critters
- that was disappointing.  The only partial exception was the Salt Pier and
piers right off the airport runway, which attracted some schooling fish.
·	Virtually every dive site was identical up and down the whole
island (except the double reef system around Alice in Wonderland - which
was pretty cool - especially the outer reef).  While nice, diving what
could have been the same site nearly 20 times in a week started getting a
little old.  Virtually every site was shallow sand going out 30-100 yards
that dropped from 30 to 100 or more feet with a coral reef along the slope
to a sandy bottom.

My favorite dives were:  Alice in Wonderland, the reef right outside Bon
Binis/Captain Don's, Windsock, and basically all sites on Klein Bonaire - a
small island off Bonaire.

However, I had a great time and was obviously glad I went.  Bon Bini Divers
and their condos were fine and (supposedly) the best restaurant on the
island was on the premises (and it was really good!).  The island was very
laid back with no big hotels/nightlife, etc. - but yet had enough
civilization so you weren't totally roughing it.  Small town feel.
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