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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Rosemary Kurtti, NY, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4949
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions but with request not to damage the reefs.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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

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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