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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Karin & Glenn Butler, IL, USA
Report Number 461
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Tonga, Belize, Roatan, Bequia, Saba, Turks & Caicos, Caymans. 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
none  
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
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Nowhere are the fish friendlier than in Bonaire. Bring a closeup lens,
because that's where they will be!!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The good: Just about everything. The people are friendly, the dive
operation is run very efficiently, boats are clean, well cared for and
leave on time; tanks are always available, and the reef right out the front
door (La Machaca) has to be one of the best dive sites on Bonaire, period.
Some people with package deals only used up 2 or 4 of the boat dives they
had already paid for and spent almost all of their time on the "home
reef"!
This was our first visit after "the storm" and some destruction
from the hurricanes' wind and surge is still evident, both above and below
water. The best, i.e. least damaged, dive sites we saw were North of Capt.
Don's. Almost everywhere anything above 20-30 feet is mostly rubble,
although gorgonians have re-established themselves and there are plenty of
little critters to watch. We also missed the large barrel and vase sponges
we saw 10 years ago. But the fish life was still as we remembered:
prolific, unafraid, actually downright friendly! 
The bad: If you are flying American through San Juan, PR, make sure you
have essentials for the first day or two in your carry-on as your bag may
not make it to Bonaire. The problem has become so common that Capt. Don's
has an established procedure for renting dive gear at the expense of the AA
for people whose luggage arrives late. And don't depend on AA's staff on
Bonaire to deliver your bags -- go and get them. We couldn't even get AA
Bonaire to answer their phone most of the time.
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