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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/DenLamen in
Bonaire

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Colleen Kabat, WI, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4269
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, Akumal, Yucatan Penninsula-cenotes &
sink holes, Roatan. 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
Be sure to adjust your camera's i.s.o. to get the correct light saturation
- the bright ocean may require your camera to be set at a darker setting to
compensate for this.
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  
After diving for 15 years, we have found Bonaire to be our favorite dive
destination.  We "take it easier" than we did in the beginning,
and our dives average 60-90 minutes.  The sea life is amazing and photo ops
are easy to come by due to the lack of strong currents and abundance of
fish & critters.  We stayed 3-1/2 weeks this time and did all shore
diving.  Several reefs were visited more than once including Oil Slick,
Bari, Yellow Submarine, & Something Special.  Another favorite, though
not the easiest to access, was Taylor Maid.  This one may not be marked
well nor noted in all the reef guides. It's on the northern end of the
island.  We were told you should watch the wind charts to find a day when
it's calm enough to enter through the hard corals.  Be sure to bring all of
your gear, as it's a long way back to the resorts if you forget something -
like a wetsuit?  I got pretty scraped up during my entry, but had no
difficulty on exit.

Bonaire is getting busy with cruise ships, lots of condo construction, and
lots of divers - hopefully, it won't turn into another 10-ship a day
island!

Restaurants are great - Papaya Moon, Casablanca, Salsa, are a few of our
favorites.  Reservations are helpful.  Don't miss the Apple Pie at Papaya
Moon!!!

Grocery stores are getting better and seem to be stocked more often than in
past years. This is the best improvement we have noticed.

Be sure to bring any meds you may need - we both had bad colds and couldn't
find Sudafed anywhere.  Sudafed PE is available, but it's not cheap.  4
tablets cost us $5.00 U.S.  

The most important point and most miserable time of our vacation was when
my husband got terribly dehydrated...he missed 2 days of diving.  Drink
water, drink water, drink water!  Safe diving!
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