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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Caribe Inn in
Bonaire

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Celia Liner, MS, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4956
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Key West, Pensacola, St. Kitts, Statia, Saba, Yucatan
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back with 500 PSI.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
There was a rinse tub dedicated for cameras and regs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Wonderful diving experience. Although Bonaire is touted for its shore
diving, be prepared to spend more time and exertion to do that.  We opted
for doing boat dives after 1 shore dive so we could get into and out of the
water quickly and spend as much time as possible under it. With boat dives,
you had access to Klein Bonaire (the offshore island), which I highly
recommend. Did one tank in the a.m. and one in the p.m. and you could pick
the sites. Could no longer dive the downtown pier, but make sure to ask for
a site close enough to swim through the Salt Pier.  Loved the solitude that
you don't get in Cozumel. Other than the other 4-5 people on the boat, we
encountered NO divers! Saw lots of divers, but there are enought sites that
they are crowded on top of one another.  The Inn was homey: we had a basic
room with small fridg, microwave, sink and some dishes. Wish I'd brought
coffee bags and creamer.  Bruce and his staff are very helpful and
friendly, and the place was nice and clean. Buy food for breakfast and
lunch to keep in the room--prices on the island aren't cheap. Save your
dollars for dinner.  Some great little restaurants, but some are seasonal,
opening up in April. Most are open air, so don't forget insect repellent. 
Only one real criticism:  was told we could dive our computer, then heard
the divemaster had complained to divers (not to me personally) that I was
staying down too long.  But, just a thought--don't tell divers to dive
their computers if you don't mean it. Also, the equipment rinse tanks
aren't changed very often to conserve water. There's no Nitrox at Caribe
Inn, but you don't need it.  There's much life at 20' or less; you don't
swim idly for a minute of your safety stop.  Was getting 80 min dives and
still coming back with 1000 PSI. Got in alot of WOWS and over 600 pictures.
Saw several Spotted Eagle Rays and a young manta, tarpon, an amazing number
of porcupine fish and drum, frogfish, eels and seahorses.  The soft corals
and sponges were incredible. TIP: if staying at Carib Inn, grab a locker
out front as soon as you get there. It's a wonderful, relaxing place to
stay and I will definitely go again!! 
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