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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/An apartment in
Bonaire/Bari Reef area

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Colleen Kabat, WI, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 3251
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Akumal, Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
50   to 200    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Great opportunities for excellent photos.  Many seahorses and frogfish. 
Northern reefs had larger fish and better visibility.  Learn to use macro -
lots of tiny creatures.  We have a Sony Cybershot that's a few years old. 
It takes excellent videos and we have many of turtles, squid, octopi,
seahorses and frogfish.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 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  
We stayed in Bonaire for 2 weeks.  We met other diver friends from previous
Bonaire encounters.  We stayed in a newer ocean-front apartment.  Last year
we had a studio on the parking lot side, but this time we had an ocean
front one bedroom unit.  It was fully equipped and the only critters we had
for 2 weeks was a 2" gecko and a pidgeon on our balcony.  We have
found this to work better for us than staying at a resort.  There is more
"down time" after diving and we were able to cook breakfast,
lunch and a few dinners in the apartment.

We used Bonaire Dive & Adventure for the second time.  Andre' is a
wonderful person who really understands how to cater to the customer.  We
had a "situation" last year with our gear and Andre' proved to us
that he is a "man of his word."  We will only use BDA from now
on.  His staff is very attentive and professional.  We did all shore dives,
but they interacted with us often.

In 2 weeks' we did 30 shore dives each, most of them were 60-80 minutes
long. Our favorite reefs were Bari (lots of species of fish, squid, octopi,
etc.),Yellow Submarine (seahorses & frogfish), Something Special
(frogfish), 1,000 steps, Karpata, Salt Pier (schools of baracuda),
Invisibles (double reef), Witcheshut, and ... a little known reef, Taylor
Maid (north end, pristine corals, large green morays, turtles).

Our favorite restaurants are Mona Lisa (for bar bites) and Cafe de Paris. 
Richard's is great, also.  Check out the "Last Bite Bakery," and
it's worth the effort to find the "More for Less" grocery store.

Pack half the clothes you think you'll need and double-up on some of your
dive gear (2 masks, if prescription).  The dive shops on the island aren't
"overstocked."  Watch for sand flees & sunburn!
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