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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire/Netherlands Antilles

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Wally Burke, CA, United States
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4115
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Cozumel Mexico, Roatan, Belize, Grand Caymen, N. Sulawesi
Indonsia, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Cabo San Lucas Mexico.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Shore Diving: No restrictions.
Boat Diving: Try to come back in an hour so as not to inconvenience others
on the boat.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Shore: One large trash can. Sometimes it got crowded. I usually did a quick
rinse followed by a soak in a soft-sided cooler I brought with me.
Boat: One shallow bucket. Too small for more than 2-3 small cameras. I did
a quick rinse followed by covering my camera in a wet towel in my
soft-sided cooler, then a soak in a the cooler I brought with me back at my
room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We went with Jack & Sue Drafhal to do a digital photo class. We stayed
in an Oceanfront Villa. The maid would leave the door open when cleaning
and mosquitos would be in our room when we returned. The desk help seemed
clueless. They and the maid told us for 3 days they were out of shampoo.
Finally they told us they don't provide it. Food is very expensive on
Bonaire. Rum Runners (the onsite resturant) was extremely slow. Most of the
waiters were bad. We learned late in the week to go to Buddy Dive's onsite
resturant (Lions Den) to eat dinner.
The shore diving is great for photographers. Many subjects right off the
dock in shallow water, and more on the house reef.
Some of the boat dives were very crowded (20 divers). Some of the boat
dives went to poor reefs. Several of the divemasters were surly. Two were
great however. You must book directly with a divemaster to dive the Town
Pier or Salt Pier.
Over all we had a great time, but I wasn't crazy about the resort. I
understand they are planning a major renovation for next year.
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