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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/Den Laman in

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bill, NJ, United States
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Report Number 4727
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Nassau, Dominican Republic, Key Largo, St. Martin, Barbados, Cozumel, Red
Sea, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Utila, Roatan, Bunaken Indoneisa, Lembeth
Straight Indonesia, Xcalak Mexico, Playa del Carmen, St Lucia, Bonaire 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Bonaire has more to offer then any other place in the Caribbean atleast
where we have been. 

We took the red eye from Newark and got in at 4:30am and to hotel at 5:45.
(got a little lost trying to find it!)

Stayed at Den Laman and was great. Only 2 things that could need improving
is 1. when the lock up the nitrox 4:30 and no place to relax on the shore
after a day of diving. Had a studio and was clean and comfortable. 

Started out with a dive briefing that lasted about 1 hour but was very
helpful for a person who is new to Bonaire. 

Got groceries ate lunch and did our first dive on Bari Reef. Beautiful
reef!!! Spotted morays, 1 free swimming, scorpion, groupers, puffers,
porcipine, spade, angels, butterflies and this was just the begining. The
coral, hard and soft were beautiful mostly at 30' and lower. Did mostly
south dives as I was told Omar did not do as much damage in the southern
areas which from what I saw is true. The coral up north was not as
aboundant as the southern sites but has intresting entries ie:1000 steps -
oil slick leap. Let me try and put down what I saw during the week. Eagle
rays, Southern sting rays, turtles, sea snakes, spotted and golden morays,
sgt. majors, flounder, jaw fish, tarpon, drum, garden eels and VERY LARGE
LOBSTERS. I know I'm missing naming more but I suspect you get the jist of
the amount of fish there is in Bonaire. 

We went with as many of the choices that you all gave me of where to have
dinner. "It rains fishes, fantastic. Patagonia was some of the best
beef I ever had anywhere in the islands, Lobster night at Den Laman just to
name a few of the places. 

Truck rental from Total and was a very good experince. Was in and out in no
time and the truck was just fine. It did not take long to learn how to
navigate around the island. 

The dive freedom is what really seperates Bonaire from any other. Dive when
you want and where you want. It is nice being able to hone on your own
navigation skills and not have to follow a DM all the time. This is what we
were trained for.
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