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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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