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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, US
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Report Number 5620
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Palm Bch., Fla Keys, Barbados,Roatan, Belize,
Florida Keys, Palm Beach,Barbados,Hawaii,
Grand Cayman-East End. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
76   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No facilities on these small, fast, open boats. Dive masters will gladly
hand cameras to divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
 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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