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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Ronald Schmetzer, FL, United States
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 3403
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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