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Dive Review of Bruce Bowkers Carib Inn/I dove only in
Bonaire

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin, TN, USA
Report Number 1094
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Restrictions are relaxed. 100 ft depth/ 60ft afternoon dive. Dive in group.
1st diver to reach 1500 psi group returns. Could use up extra air around
reefs near boat. Allowed to dive to experience levels. My bottom times were
63-66 min.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
I dove with Bruce Bowker one day. I had been diving with Toucan Diving but,
they were over booked this day. I'm glad because it gave me a little
variety. Since I didn't lodge here I can't rate those facilities. However,
they appeared nice and quaint. Grounds neat and well kept.

Bruce and his staff are very friendly and want to go out of their way to
please. The dive shop is extremely well stocked. There is more
"stuff" in this smaller than average size shop.

Diving was a little on the "ruffing it" side of things. No two
tank diving. One tank at 8:30AM and one tank at 1:00PM. The boat I was on
was approx 25ft. No roof for shade. Seating on the gunnels. No storage for
gear. They do have a rinse tank. The boat was crowded with 12 divers.
Divemaster and captain are one of same. She brings your tank to you and
helps you put on your BC. Water entry is back fall of side of boat.

The dive shop and staff make up for the dive boat inadequacy. I would dive
with this operation again. Excellent layed back diving.  

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