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

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Williams, CO, USA
Report Number 3086
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100' on 1 boat dive, otherwise shore diving on our own  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
     Sand Dollar Resort provides spacious condos with good water views,
huge open balconies.  Dated interiors but clean and well-kept.  Full
kitchens for eat-in, several good restaurants to walk to, and many in town
(vehicle required).  Maintenance person helped himself to $20 when he came
to our unit for and electrical problem.
     Bonaire Dive & Adventure supplies the shore diving business far
more so than boat diving, so bulk of business is filling (free) nitrox
tanks, as well as air.  Our one boat dive with them was very average, both
in terms of dive site and divemaster.  We chose not to do it again.  Shore
diving was the order of the day (week)using trucks supplied in our package.
 Very thorough orientation, helpful and friendly personnel.  I would
recommend them, and maybe you would have a more positive experience on
their boat dives.
     Bonaire underwater topography is mostly very similar ... a little
steeper in the north, more gradual to the south.  Could take a beginner to
any site that we dove with no problems.  Biggest issue was negotiating the
first 50' into the water, over coral and sometines urchins.
     In a week of 20 dives, about 3-4 that we would call noteworthy in
terms of flora/fauna.  A pleasant week, glad we did it, not certain we
would return, but definitely a must do once for a diver. 
  
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