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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive Adventure/Sand Dollar Resort in
Bonaire

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dr. Mark Wolff, CO, USA
Report Number 2935
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Jamaca, Bahamas, Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, Cayman, St. Lucia, Florida Keys,
Colorado, Utah,
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
While boat diving, time limits were suggested, but no complained if you
were late.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Boats had no camera water baths available. There were tanks dedicated for
cameras on the dock to rinse cameras after getting back form boat dives and
for the shore divers to use.
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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was a great facility. The condos were spacious and clean. It was relly
nice to have the option to prepare meals at "home" rather eating
out for every meal. The boats went out several times a day, but the only
option was a 1 tank dive. I would have liked the option for 2 tank trips.
The diving was great. I really enjoyed the shore diving and it was simple.
The fee for the condo included the use of a pick up truck. Having boat
dives made it easy to explore Klein Bonaire and dive sites that were more
difficult to dive from shore. Diving the town pier requires some hoop
jumping as the habor master has to approve all dives and you must hire a
local "approved" divemaster to lead the dive. Having said that I
still recommend it as the dive was great with an abundance of very colorful
corals and sponges. Seahorses, eels, tarpon and many small critters (ie
decorator crab) also make it worthwhile. The salt pier has the same hoops
and is also a worthwhile dive. On some dives currents were variable and one
dive had to be aborted because the current was too strong to be safely
dived. Overall it was a great trip!
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