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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, Apr, 2009,

by Rosemary Kurtti, NY, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4949.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, Galapogos, Bequa, Grenada, Anguilla, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions but with request not to damage the reefs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 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 Small boats with one tank dives twice daily usually with a maximum of ten divers. Divers do their camera setup on land and take the camera on board.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving in Bonaire is easy, current free, with lots of small stuff to look at. A macro photographers delight. The reefs are probably the best in the Caribbean, but in my 28 years of diving there, I have observed deterioration in the reefs from both mother nature, building construction and divers. Of all the places in the world that I have been diving, Bonaire is at the top of the list for ease of diving and shore diving.

Bruce Bowker's Carib Innand dive operation is relaxed and respects divers. You can do your own profile or dive with the divemaster. Because of the small size of the operation, everyone gets to know each other. My buddy and I dive with Bruce's operation several times a year. We noticed that the majority of his guests are repeat guests who have been coming for many years. That sure does demonstrate that he has satisfied customers!

On the last few trips during 2008 and 2009, we have stayed at friends' homes. But up until then, we always stayed in one of Bruce's ten apartments. His place is right on the shoreline with easy access to a dive off the dock at dusk, dawn or any other time. The units all have air con bedrooms. The larger units have full kitchens, the smaller units have microwaves, refrigerators and sinks. There is also a swimming pool. The Inn is an easy walk into town where there are plenty of restaurants in the event you don't want to cook.

Bruce is known to have the best supply of equipment for sale at reasonable prices.

Bonaire is a great place for the new diver or the experienced diver. The Carib Inn is a great place for anyone who wants personal attention, friendly staff and friendly guests.
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