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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Andrea Ohlson, IL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3766
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Wakatobi,Cozumel,Dom. Rep. Lake Michigan,Antigua, Florida 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
5   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
For boat diving - 60 minutes   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Boats have small bucket for cameras , boat crew does assist for hand offs.
Shore has specified tub for camera use - no airconditioned area for battery
change out other than your room.  Capture Photo very good when they are
there - also have shop at Divi - so time between the two is limited with
staffing - however they are super when around. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Upon arrial - all was set in place driver waiting for us with sign to take
us to Cptn Dons' we did however ask driver to stop at the Cultimara to
stock up a bit since we arrived late on Saturday - no problems. Check-in
quick and uneventful - suggest that all paperwork is filled out before you
arrive at desk to make process faster.  Stayed in ocean villa (these are
privately owned) a few upgrades from our last visit - but feel that owner
should spend a little time/money to keep up a bit more as villa is showing
a bit of wear and age.  The only bad thing is that "housekeeping"
when cleaning keeps doors open - for bugs to get in of which were a bit
nasty this year. They do provide bug spray - of which was used on a regular
basis. Location is great as well as the staff as most are still there from
our last trips.  Shore diving is easy as past trips the shallows still have
damage vis was limited due to tide and surge. Depths of 40-60+ reefs seem
to be unaffected.  Little critters are great in the shallows - Large
tarpon, grouper are everywhere  schools of snappers, grunts and the usual
suspects for caribbean diving. We found quite alot of juvenile species at
every site including the elusive frog fish. - at the boat at La Mancha sits
a very large porcupine fish easily approached by one diver - hides under
boat if more divers approach - also home to very large tiger grouper.  24/7
diving freedom is alive and well at Captn Don's - and far enough from town
that the cruise shippers' wont effect your day - other than going into
town.  Bring bug spray with deet for the no-see-ums or wear long pants at
night as they are voracious.   The bad is still the ability for long line
fishing with no controls on amounts of take - this is something that should
be monitored - after one dive by Salt Pier - fisherman were cleaning their
take - a very large cooler was "packed" with small snapper,
amoung other species.  
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