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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Reynolds, VA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5525
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Cozumel, Mexico, Kona,
Hawaii, Provenciales Turks & Caicos, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive plan discussed for those not on computer, otherwise no real
restrictions or monitoring.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
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
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
I went to Captain Don's as part of a dive shop group trip. 

Registration and front desk - Horrible. fill out your registration card
before you arrive to save some time (resort web site). Front Desk personnel
not friendy and even mixed up my dive buddy's (room mate) address with my
name and visa-versa. Check out was no different. 1st and last impressions
were the worst.

Accomodations - need updating. Our room was on the second floor by the
pool. Some units have been updated and maybe mine was but the sliding glass
door to the patio had to be forceably opened and closed and came off the
track several times. The tile floor buckled completely during the stay. I
reported it to the front desk who wrote up a note but nothing was done
about it. NO WATER PRESURE to take showers. We should have asked to be
moved, but as we only spent a few hours a night sleeping in it. We thought
it was more hassle than it was worth so we stayed. Use your SAFE and make
sure it is locked at all times. The room below us was robbed while we all
were in the mist of packing to leave and running errands during our last
day just before check-out.

Resturant "Rum Runners" - Good - it is seperate than the hotel so
you have run a seperate tab with them. Breakfast buffet was very good
except would have enjoyed fresh fruit. Service was slow but wait staff was
friendly. Lunch & Dinner menu was fine but prices pretty high.

Gift Shop - Do not bother. Very small selection of T-shirts and other
items.

Dive Operations - Very Good. The airline (Delta)lost my dive buddy's
luggage. The dive shop allowed him to use rental equipment Free of charge
until his luggage and gear arrived. Dive personnel were all friendly and
helpful. Max (dive master, boat captain, photographer and all around good
guy) was always pointing out interesting things on each dive as well as
helping divers who had issues. Staff made special Nitrox mixes for a few of
that went on a very deep dive and even made a few tanks with more than 3000
psi for a couple of people that suck too much air. Almost always first to
any dive site. Boat left promptly at specified times. Diver sign-in sheet
as you board the boat and a physical count before leaving any dive site.
The boat had a rinse tank for cameras only. It was often too small for the
amount of cameras on board. Lockers available to stow gear. Bring your own
lock. Rinse tanks at dock were often filled with very hot stagnant water. 

Resort Reef - Not much to it. The storms and mutitude of divers has taken
its toll on the resort reef. We dove it several times during the day and
night. If you are lucky you can see an octopus right out front and a few
other creatures. The reef to the north gets very bleached. 

Overall, I had a week of fun diving, but the accompdations and other issues
made me and all others in our group conclude that we all would try Buddy
Dive next time (directly next door to Captain Don's.)We ate a few
restaurants and the best was It Rains Fish. Bring insect repellant to the
island as we all had bug bites on our legs and feet.
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