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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat, Jun, 2007,

by Ronald Schmetzer, FL, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3403.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Requested 60 minute maximum time - not enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat rides are short so the only facility needed is a camera-only bucket. This was always provided and briefings stressed using it only for cameras.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Since this was my third trip to Bonaire and second with Captain Don's there was really nothing unexpected. Our Captain Don's crew for our group of 21 for the week, Roger & Jinny, took us to twelve different sites during the week. Four or five had multiple sea horses and or frog fish that I probably would never have found on my own. They always gave us excellent briefings and gave us the freedom to dive with our buddy or hang out as a group with whichever of them was in the water with us. They also managed to get us the night dive at the town pier with more sea horses and a frog fish. The only change I noted in the four years since my last visit was that they seem to do a lot more DiveMasterChoice rather than letting divers get a group of six or more together and choose a site for the boat dives. They did take us to the one site that was specifically requested. If anything, the reefs are in better shape now than four years ago. The staghorn coral has started to regrow and there were only a few visible instances of diver-related damage. In past trips I have dived with just a lycra skin. This time I brought both my 0.5 mm skin and my 2mm shorty and decided to start out with the shorty. Since I never got uncomfortably warm and didn't suffer any stings on exposed arms and legs, I opted to stay with the shorty the entire week.

The accomodations at Captain Dons are still in great shape. This was my first time in one of the cottages and it was excellent. They now have cable TV complete with CNN, ESPN, and The Food Network. This is not necessarily a good thing. They also have wireless internet in the rooms and a couple of desktop PC's in the lobby.

The only thing to beware of is charging meals to your room at Rum Runners. It is managed separately and you have to give them a separate credit card imprint. They always ask for your room number when charging to your room but what they really mean is "diver number". If your in a four-person cottage and everyone gives them the "room number", then the person who also has that as their diver number gets all the restaurant charges regardless of what name is used on each slip.
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