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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive and Adventure/Den Laman Condos in

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Hall & Carole Ott, IN, USA
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Report Number 4861
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize, Roatan, Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All Shore Diving no restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
We took the Continental red eye from Newark to Bonaire.  Got in about 4 to
4:30 am.  The car rental was very efficient.  In spite of rumors to the
contary, there is still a car rental operation in the airport parking area.
 There is also a new operation across the road from the airport.  Check in
time at Den Laman's is around noon.  The office doesn't open until 8:00 am,
so you just have to wait outside.  If you don't reserve a room for the
night prior to your arrival, you may have to wait until afternoon to get
your room.  We were fortunate that they weren't busy and were able to get
in as soon as the office opened.  This is pretty darn important after being
up all night!

We have made at least 10 previous trips to Bonaire.  We prefer to do all
shore diving because of the flexibility.  The coral and fish were plentiful
as always, although recent hurricans have destroyed most every thing down
to 20-25 feet.  The pace of building on the island is a bit alarming.  I
fear Bonaire is in danger of over development.  Also a local told us in the
next 5 months, over 100 cruise ships are scheduled to arrive on the island.
 If you haven't been to Bonaire, you should make a trip soon. I believe
Bonaire is promoting the cruise ship industry over diving.  That amount of
traffic cannot be good over the long term and diving is bound to suffer.  
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