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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive and Adventures/Den Laman Condominiums in
Bonaire/N/A

Bonaire Dive and Adventures/Den Laman Condominiums, Sep, 2007,

by Carole Ott, IN, United States (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 3539.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caymans, Belize, Honduras, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 70 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Shore diving only, set own profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments We were shore diving so we took care of our own gear.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We took the same "red eye" from Houston to Bonaire (5:15am arrival) and stayed in the same Condos as we did in June. We were pleasantly suprised that someone was there to meet us when we arrived at Den Laman Condos. This was a change from June when we had to wait until 8:30 for them to open. Although our room wasn't ready, we were given another room to stay in until we could get into our accommodations. The office staff went out of their way to provide us with anything we needed. One morning we noticed a leak in the air conditioner in the bedroom. We reported the problem on our way out to dive. The leak was fixed when we got back!

Bari Reef is the "house" dive site. In our opinion it is one of the best places to dive on the island. Bonaire diving is filled with beautiful reefs and medium to small critters. We did all shore diving so I can't comment on the boat operation. If you dive Nitrox with a 63 tank, you have to plan ahead a bit as they run out of those pretty fast. This dive operation locks up the nitrox tanks fairly early and the air tanks later on in the evening. You'll want to put your night diving tanks in a tank locker. The steps up to the dock from the water are rather high; we found it easier to exit onto the shore.

The island dive operators are really upset over the government's decision to greatly increase the number of cruise ships coming to the island. An article in The Bonaire Reporter said the ships will be nearly 300 meters long. We talked to Bruce Bowker at Carib Inn and he said that as many as 3 cruise ships could be there at one time. The pier extension to the town pier isn't ready yet, so at least some ships are going to have to anchor. It seems that the "powers to be" are less and less interested in divers. We divers need to let the Bonaire officials know that this activity isn't good for the Marine Park, the dive community or Bonaire in general. The divers eat, sleep and dive in Bonaire. Cruise ship passengers are there for a couple of hours and gone!
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