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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn: "Beautiful, relaxed, easy diving", Oct, 2015,

by Edward Clapp, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 8578.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, SCAL, NCAL, MA, FL, Puerto Rico, Belize, Dominica, Saba, Grand/Little Cayman, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Bonaire International Airport Getting There Moderately difficult - not many flights and schedules change

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments I've been to Bonaire and dived with the Carib Inn (www.caribinn.com) eight times starting about 30 years ago and have always had a great time. My last visit was in October of 2015.

As in all but one of the previous visits, I also stayed there (and would have stayed there the other but couldn't because the Inn was full). It has my highest recommendation, provided it's a good fit for you. The place and its dive operation are probably not for you if you're into guerrilla diving or wild partying. The average age of divers is probably close to 50.

Bruce has a terrific operation with little staff turnover and lots of repeat customers - this time I dove with a couple I'd met on a previous trip whose children and grandchildren all learned to dive at the Carib Inn and who'd completed their 600th Bonaire dive that week - for very good reason.

An example of why he does so well came up on our last day. UAL had us scheduled to leave about 8:00 AM but the flight was postponed for about 12 hours. They'd not notified us by email so we had to drive to the airport to discover this ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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