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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/Den Laman Condominiums in
Bonaire

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Helen Brown, MN, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4398
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Fiji, Florida Keys, Honduras, Belize, Australia,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Briefing and checkout dive required, one hour limit on boat dives. On your
own for shore dives.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
No rinse tank on boats, but a separate one at the entry/exit for diving the
house reef (Bari Reef).
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Flights on American/American Eagle from Minneapolis were painless.  No
luggage issues.  However, we understand that AA has changed their
scheduling and it may be more difficult now.
Truck rental folks met us at airport and were kind enough to escort us to
Den Laman condos, as it was late (9:00P).  Desk personnel met us and
escorted us to our room, with check in the next morning.  Dive briefing was
thorough and although they said a self-guided on the house reef was
mandatory, there was no follow-through to see if you actually did it.
Our package included 6 days unlimited shore diving, 6 1-tank boat dives,
and free nitrox.  It was not well explained in advance that the clock
starts running on your first dive day.  You have to use all six boat dives
and your allocation of shore dives within 6 consecutive days once you start
diving.  Not a problem for those who are there only for one week, but we
were there for 10 nights and would like to have a day or two off in the
middle of our stay.  We were there during Fish ID week and signed up for a
course with naturalist Jerry Ligon.  Two hours lecture followed by a dive,
where he used a slate to name the many species found on the house reef.
Excellent!!
The boat dive is pretty much bare bones.  No tank racks where you sit, but
water was calm enough to set up your tank on the floor, after which you
lift your tank to the bench and strap in.  Entry by backroll. Good ladder
made exit easy.  No extra help from crew unless you ask. With a couple of
exceptions, divemasters were along mostly to shepherd the flock rather than
point out creatures. We made 6 of our 18 dives on the house reef, which was
a delight.  Lot's of species of fish and totally convenient in every
respect.
Checking out tanks could not have been easier.  Nitrox tanks must be
checked out by 4:30P and either put in a locker, or in your truck.  Air
tanks available until 9:00ish PM.  It's pretty much an honor system.  You
do your own tests on the nitrox tanks and record the info on a logout
sheet.
The four-door pickup truck was perfect for the shore dives and trips to
town.  Den Laman accommodations were great.  Good air conditioning, full
kitchen, TV/DVD, quiet, and only steps to the dock.
The dock was under repair during our stay, but it was only a two minute
shuttle to the marina where we met the boat.
Plenty to do on shore.  We ate in mostly, but enjoyed dinner at Sunset
Grill (on site) and at Richards in town.  A tour through
Washington-Slagbaai National Park was interesting, with varying terrain and
many birds, donkeys, goats, flamingos, and other points of interest.  Other
activities available include kayaking, mountain biking, landsailing, and
kiteboarding.
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