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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, Jul, 2009,

by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States (Top Contributor Top Contributor 33 reports). Report 5029.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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