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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive and Adventure/Sanddollar in
Bonaire

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Andy Kenley, FL, US
Sr. Contributor   (21 reports)
Report Number 6119
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All parts of Florida,Roatan,San Andres,Cozumel,Aruba,Little Cayman,Cayman
Brac,Grand Cayman,Bahamas,St.
Marten,Hawaii,Kosrae,Yap,Palau,Fiji,GBR,PNG,Coral Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100', stay with herd  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Didn't notice.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
First the bad. Diving with these people is like your 4th grade field trip.
Should change name to Bonaire Dive and Risk Management. Rules are
restrictive, management is meddlesome and help is officious. It is a soul
killing experience. In justice, Travis (one of the DMs) is a nice guy, they
haven't quite finished him off yet. I never should have elected the boat
package, I will be back to Bonaire,but, the next time it will be all shore
diving. If you are a self sufficient diver, they are the worst since Louis
the First. If you are new to diving or you are getting your 14 year old
into the sport they would be fine. Boats are weak. They don't care if you
return, and, they seem to have no interest in tips.
Now the good. The Sanddollar is a little dated,the location is
wonderful,the house reef is nice,our unit was updated nicely and if you
want a kitchen it is a viable option.
The reefs on the island are looking pretty good,not too much algae,Lionfish
are about,wide variety of small fish and turtles. Salt Pier is a beautiful
dive. Night dive at Bari Reef was very pretty with lots of feeding Tarpon.
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