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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, Sep, 2010,

by will dew, MI, US ( 1 report). Report 5702.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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