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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States
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Report Number 5029
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fla.Keys, Palm Bch., Barbados, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Hawaii,
Belize, Caymans, Roatan.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
If you go beyond rec. depths- wave good bye, as I'm not coming after you.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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, open, fast boats with no photo. facilities. The dive master will
gladly hand your camera to you.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
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 $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Everytime we return, there is something new! The pavers around town are
done, and they look very good! Our flight in was with Inselair- which at
the time we booked was a one hr layover in Curacao- 2 weeks before our
flight, it changed to a 6 hr. layover. They now fly direct from Miami to
Bonaire. The Inn has a new dock- the old was taken out by Omar last year;
and the home reef is great as usual. The rooms are basic, and clean, with
maid service every day.The dive boats, the fastest on the island, go out 2
times a day: 8:30 and 1:30; and  it is an easy backward roll into the calm,
beautiful water. The area is so prolific with fish- parrots, tangs, angels,
squid,filefishes, trumpetfish- most of Paul Humann's book is there. Our
grandson, Christian, made a great find of a pea- sized juvenile trunkfish
in a coral crevice!  The crew- Linda, Kitty, Gary, and Karen (Ralf was on
vacation), is entertaining, friendly, and knowledgeable. you can dive with
or without a guide, with most of the dives lasting over an hr. Their dive
shop is well stocked, and reasonably priced; and Bruce can repair just
about anything! We enjoy dining on the water- Karel's is great fun, and we
like the walk to town. The grocery stores are always a challenge- you never
know what you will or will not find- we often bring items from home. No
wonder Bonaire is one of our favorite places to dive, and we come back to
the Carib Inn year after year.
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