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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Joel Snyder, AZ, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2472
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Greater Caribbean; Asia; Hawaii; Mexico; Central America
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
At the "Home of Total Diving Freedom," the only restrictions they
had were NO gloves and if you stay down longer than 90 minutes, you'll be
buying drinks for the rest of the people on the boat.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Considerable deference given to UWP, along with some very friendly advice
on-boat and off about how to get good photos with the new generation of
digital cameras.  Overall a very accommodating and helpful team on that
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is our 5th trip to Bonaire in 15 years and we've always stayed at
Don's.  Compared to previous years, the resort itself is about the same, a
little more run-down.  The diving operation is basically the same: top
notch.  Docks and boats are in perfect condition, best we've ween them,
while equipment is suffering a bit from wear-and-tear.  Check your tank
before you leave the dock!  There's less a "wild west" feel to it
than in the old days, but the operation both at the resort and across the
island is still part of the best diving experience you can imagine.  Diving
should be this easy everywhere else.

Some quick advice: get a villa---Villa 7 is probably the best they have in
inventory right now (some of the better ones, like 10 and 12 have gone
private); the cottages are not as pleasant.  

While Rum Runners (the restaurant there) is nourishing and always
available, there are so many other very good restaurants on the island. 
For quick pizza, Pasa Bon is excellent friendly (and a bit pricey); don't
forget the molten chocolate cake which probably IS one of the best in the
world (from Last Bite Bakery).  Bistro de Paris, another new one, was also
good, if not quite true to the Parisian bistro style.  We tried both
Croccantino and Capriccio, Italian restaurants run by Italans, and both
were very well done.  Rib Factory not so hot for ribs, but try BobbieJan's
BBQ (Fri/Sat/Sun only) which is truly laid-back and very good.  Casablanca
(the Argentine place) also outstanding.  In Rincon, La Rosa was true to
style and pleasant.  The famous Ice Cream place in Rincon is closed
permanently, alas.

We paid an extra $35/diver to hire a boat from Don's and go to Playa Funchi
and Slaagbai (in the national park), a 2-tank dive.  We hoped for pelagics
(not commonly seen in the normal spots), but didn't get any so it turned
out to be a bit of a waste, although the dives were normal Bonaire quality.

Divemasters were all friendly and accommodating (as usual); dive management
was dour and put-upon (as usual), but fair and helpful when needed.  Some
of our divers had CCRs which Walt handled without a hitch, prepping up pure
O2 and other supplies without blinking.  

We'll be back in a few years; you just can't get diving any more compatible
and friendly than this outside of a liveaboard.
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