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Dive Review of Bruce Bowkers Carib Inn in
Bonaire

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dawn Steedman, FL, USA
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Report Number 4410
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Fla, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco. If you go beyond 130' wave good bye, cause we're not coming after
you!   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
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
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This is our 12th year, and probably 20th trip here and it never
disappoints! This trip we had our newly certified 12 year old grandson,
Christian with us. After some mediocre dive operators in Fl., rough seas,
and poor vis., this was like diving in an aquarium. Everybody, from juv.
spotted drums, to tarpons, sea turtles, and spotted eagle rays were there
to greet us. We went out with Ralf on most of our dives; he always goes out
of his way to be friendly, helpful,and informative- both above and below
the surface. On the others we dove with Linda, who has probably done a reef
count of every fish on the reef by now! The shore diving off the home reef
is equally nice. The accomodations are older, but well kept and very clean,
and every trip we see some new addition. The staff is outstanding! All the
rooms have full kitchens- good for breakfast and lunch. We bring much of
our food with us, as the shopping is iffy- even though there are a lot more
grocery stores. Joke's is a small convenient walk just 2 blocks away, and
stocks many diff items. The main grocery stores are 15-20 minute enjoyable
walk, and we walk just about everywhere while we are there. Karel's Bar on
the water is a fun place to eat, and you can order from the shore
restaurant, and have it delivered there. Bruce's dive shop is well
equipped, and the friendly, helpful staff can repair just about anything.
The boats go out twice a day for one tank dives, and a night dive can be
arranged with enough people requesting one. The water entry is an easy
backward roll, and re entry is by ladder. (People with back, knee problems
can take bcs off in the water.) The divemaster always takes requests for
dive spots, gives a thorough briefing, and goes in the water - you may or
may not follow, depending on your desire. All of our dives were at least an
hr, and people usually are courteous- getting back on when they see most go
up. I would highly reccommend this resort to anyone who enjoys great diving
on a laid back island.
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