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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive and Adventure/Den Laman in

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Colleen Kabat, WI, US
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Report Number 5747
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Yucatan Pennisula, Cenotes in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Belize, Aruba,
Curracao, Roatan, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 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
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is our 6th year in a row we have returned to Bonaire for our annual
dive vacation. We've been diving for 17 years and have been all over the
Caribbean prior to our "discovery" of shore diving and the
wonders of this enchanted island. We stay at Den Laman and dive with
Bonaire Dive & Adventure. Their service is excellent. 

My husband, brother and I arrived March 6th via the redeye from Houston.
Our trip was uneventful and we had previously booked a room one day early
at Den Laman so we would have immediate access to our room. One of the
office staff was there to meet us and had our key ready for us. The second
week, our son & daughter-in-law joined us. This was their third time on

The first morning consisted of dive orientation (shortened version after
many years), grocery shopping (try to stay away from The Warehouse on
Saturdays, it's crazy with people lined up & down the isles with carts
- no room to grab anything off the shelves in front of the shoppers!) and a
rest before our afternoon check-out dives. An early dinner at Captain Don's
and we were done for the day. 

We managed to get in 2 dives per day,sometimes 3, each lasting over 1 hour.
There was a terrible infestation of jellyfish most of the first week and we
were all covered with bites. Vinegar helped, but it was pretty unbearable
on some of the southern reefs. The divemasters claimed it had to do with
the full moon. We had never seen so many and weren't convinced that was the
reason for the many, many little critters that were totally attracted to
our faces and hands! However, we did notice they disappeared toward the end
of the 2 weeks. 

We dove the north and south sites and enjoyed the ease of Bari Reef every
day. The sealife didn't disappoint us. The second day I found a trunkfish
"pea" on the reef, then a trunkfish "dice" (we look for
them every year!), juvenile peacock flounders, drumfish, filefish, etc. The
fun is finding the little creatures that are often overlooked by divers
"cruising" over the reefs. 

Eels were plentiful, including a couple of green morays. Spotted morays
were often seen swimming outside of the protection of their reefs. We saw a
hugh green turtle, as well as the usual hawksbills that hang out on the

We found 2 frogfish - one white at Capt. Don's and another, by chance, at
Yellow Submarine. We were looking at a purple anenome and taking pics of it
when my brother spotted a piece of "red coral" moving. He looked
up and noticed it was a dark red frogfish with white fingers. He signaled
us back to the coral head and I witnessed the froggy swimming to a new
spot. I was too late with my camera, but I got a shot of him as he settled
into his new hideout. I also caught him with him mouth wide open. He was
really a little angry that we found him in his secret location! 

We had "Charlie" (a huge tarpon!)accompany us on day and night
dives at Bari reef.  He's as beautiful as ever! Very shiny at night!!! 

We saw a permit fish on Yellow Submarine -- second time we saw one there. 

There is a large anchor at ChaChaCha and we saw a huge Grouper hanging out
there in camouflage. He watched us dive past him and barely blinked an eye.

We found our way to Taylor Made again this year by watching the charts on
Wind Guru. It's a beautiful site north of Bopec and as some stone markers
for entry. It's not a very popular dive, so there are lots of gorgonians,
etc., that seem to be in good health. 

Karpata is a wonderful dive with sand chutes and huge coral formations. We
wanted to dive it twice, but the surge was too strong the second time we

Oil slick is always a fun dive and if you look carefully you can see an
octopus near the ladder. 

Alice in Wonderland produced an huge eagle ray at the end of our dive. 

The restaurants were great and our favorites are Casablanca, Donna &
Georgio's, Wills, It Rains Fishes, Captain Don's and Lion's Den for shrimp.
As usual, the Brights are the best!! 

We had no issue with theft this year and never felt unsafe. This was a
relief after reading all the info about the recent thefts on the island. 

We're already dreaming of our next trip to "The Bon." We are all
seeing fish in our minds' eyes! 

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