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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive/Sand Dollar in

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Howard & Kim, KY, USA
Report Number 2994
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was not our first trip to Bonaire and Sand Dollar Resort, nor will it
be our last. We love the island, the diving, the food, and the people.
Shore diving is our favorite because of the freedom it allows. The diving
is so diverse from one site to another. Depending on the time of year, and
even the time of dive, we enjoy diving the different sites from Red Slave
in the south to Karpata and Oil Slick Leap north of town. Something Special
has always been special for us by providing an unbelievable variety,
including the four frog fish hanging out this year. Oil Slick Leap had
three seahorses that we found on two different occasions. We only dove the
first reef at The Invisibles, but probably saw more types of juveniles than
any other dive, plus a spotted ray. 

We were on the island for two weeks this trip, and as always, we enjoyed
the variety of food. Cactus Blue, a new restaurant, became one of our
favorites. We ate there four times! Not only is the food great, the owners
and staff always made us feel welcome. We also enjoyed live music on
Wednesdays. Pasa Bon Pizza has great American-style pizza and the best
chocolate cake on the island. 

Sand Dollar has become our choice for condominiums. We enjoy the large
rooms that many of the other complexes dont have and the screened patio
doors that allow the breeze off of the water. Each of the rooms offer a
great view of the ocean. Although we eat out for dinner, the kitchens are
fully equipped if we wanted to cook!  During our last visit, the buildings
were being painted and the rooms updated. The resorts management and
housekeeping staff checked on us several times during our stay to ensure
that they were meeting our needs.

Bonaire Dive is our preferred dive shop. Ilsa, Benji. Jerry and the rest of
the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. They are more than willing to
share the best places to dive, whether its a boat dive or a shore dive.  
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