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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, Jul, 2010,

by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 33 reports). Report 5620.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Palm Bch., Fla Keys, Barbados, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Florida Keys, Palm Beach, Barbados, Hawaii,
Grand Cayman-East End.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 76 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

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 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No facilities on these small, fast, open boats. Dive masters will gladly hand cameras to divers.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Bonaire is one of our favorite places to dive in the Caribbean, and the Carib Inn is the place to be. We flew to Curacao on AA this time (sky miles) connecting with DAE one way and Divi the other. We arrived a little later than anticipated,which often happens,so put off the grocery shopping for the next day. The Inn was clean and welcoming, and we always find remodeling has been done. After unpacking our frozen goods, we walked to town to eat at Karels overlooking the water. On subsequent nights we ate at Capt Don's and Chibi-Chibi - also overlooking the beautiful aqua sea.The house reef and boats are just footsteps from our door. We mostly dive from the boats, but dive the house reef at least once each trip. This time at the house reef we found hunting jacks, a green moray, peacock flounder, 2 large tarpons, spotted drums, angels, and numerous others- a very prolific area. The boats go out at 8:30 & 1:30 sharp; it is a quick boat ride and easy backward roll into the water.This trip we went north to Country Gardens, south to the Salt Pier via Jeanie's Glory and to Red Slave Huts, also Klein, and the Hilma Hooker. We did one of our favorite dives- Angel City with it's double reef system - we never know what will be cruising down the channel between the reefs here. We did sight a spotted eagle ray here, though not in the channel. One of our dive masters, Karen, seemed to find all the frogfish-3 at one site- and red and yellow sea horses. Bonaire is a very prolific area, and we always see sea turtles. We are glad to report we only saw 2 small lionfish our entire time there. Our only disappointment was that we were unable to go to the other coast of Bonaire for the second year in a row- they have a shortage of employees in July due to vacations.
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