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

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by ED REGENNITTER, NE, USA
Report Number 3183
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, 2 trips to Belize, 3 trips to Cozumel, Utila, 4 trips to Bonaire
 and around 300 freshwater dives in Nebraska. :)
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
40   to 85    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All of the diving we did was shore diving, so there were no restrictions at
all, other than tank availability  
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
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
there were seperate rinse tanks on the docks for cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
 The reef at Sand Dollor is most awesome! We did 10 dives there and were
never disappointed with the life on that reef, frogfish, seahorses,
cuttlefish and tons of very  small sea life 
    I was a little disappointed with the dive operation.   We found that
the storage area for gear was locked up at 4:30 p.m. and the very small
wooden lockers  for storing gear outside that area was in great dis-repair.
 There were doors missing and broken hinges and no way to lock your gear on
a lot of the doors. We ended carrying our gear back to our rooms for easier
access to later afternoon and night dives at the resort.
The 3 hour dive operation briefing was way long and got to be very boring
after the briefing turned to downtown eateries and shopping areas.  The
drive through diving was good and most of the time there were tanks for
everyone. :) I wish the Sand Dollar Resort catered more to divers with
their meals..If you missed the scheduled feedings in the morning noon and
night, you were looking for somewhere else to eat...although later in the
trip it seemed the dining area was opened more for sandwiches. 
The rooms and showers were awesome as were the furnishings..and the stocked
kitchen gear was great. I loved the screened windows and screened patio for
sitting and drying gear, plus having a breeze blowing through the rooms
constantly.  I would recommend Sand Dollar to any one, but I will go back
to my favorite BUDDY's when I go 
 to Bonaire again.
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