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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by will dew, MI, US (1 report)
Report Number 5702
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
mexico/belize/honduras/nicaragua/florida keys/puerto rico/dutch antilles
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
reurn with 500 psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was our 4th return to Bonaire and the Carib Inn. Absolute consistency
and simple approach to the operation continue to draw back return visitors.
Bruce and his staff keep all aspects of the Carib Inn in top notch shape
with a wonderful sense of a "small dive family communinity".
Small boats used for diving keep one clear of the cattle boats although due
to the flexibility and ease, we dove 100% shore diving using a rented truck
from AB Car Rental.
Dive sites on the extreme south yielded best results for eagle rays,
turtles on practically every dive, and excellent marine life. Some current
due to passing storms so did enjoy a few drift dives. Diving on the north
was amazingly calm - after the BOPEC fire was extinguished and the roads
re-opened. Normally logged two dives in the morning with a third dive in
the afternoon. Callabas reef, right in front of the Inn makes nite dives a
breeze. 
Local markets plentiful for stocking breakfast/lunch/alcohol provisions
(the fruit market in the harbor is a must for the best Venezuelan
fruits/vegetables)and with a a full kitchen, makes the whole meal issue a
non-issue. Happy hour/sunset ritual on your private balcony or join the
group at the dock. Endless list of excellent restaurants for evening
dining- Capricios/Mona Lisa/Casablanca/Patagonia/Peruvian
Grill/Appetite/Bobyans etc - never have had a bad meal in Bonaire in 4
years.  
For the best of dive freedom, quiet and exceptionally well run facility
with a clear focus on diving and relaxing, this is one top operation.
Direct service on Continental (Houston) and Delta (Atlanta) make getting
in/out effortless.
Hopefully, Bonaire can keep out the freak resorts and maintain these small
professional business's as the standard. 
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