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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat, Aug, 2010,

by James Capelle, NV, US ( 1 report). Report 5688.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is our second trip to Bonaire and Captain Don's Habitat on a group trip with our local dive shop. The divemasters Roger and Wilco were terrific, as usual. They remain enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and able to point out hard to spot treasures such as frogfish and seahorses. Our boat comfortably held our group of 23 divers, but the camera bucket was too small and shallow. We opted for the optional Nitrox package for the week; tanks were available for setup during daytime hours and could be stored for night diving. Shore diving off the reef out front was excellent. The double rows of dive lockers are cramped; those unlucky enough to get the "lower bunk" have their gear dripped on by the locker contents above. The dive shop offers to fix your malfunctioning gear for free (unless it's an expensive part) and made good on the offer for us. The dive gear/gift shop is understocked; had no replacement snorkels or lightweight hoods for sale. We had to trudge over to Buddy Dive's shop next door. Although we arrived at 6:30 a.m. on the Continental flight from Houston, our room was not ready until 4:15 p.m. that day, while we fought off sleep in the lobby waiting. The front desk blamed the delay on late checkouts and having only one housekeeper on duty per section. Here's a tip for the management: move checkout time to 11 a.m. and hire extra staff on changeover day. Our accommodations were showing their age. The patio sliding door kept jamming in its track. The air conditioning stopped working one night, leaving us tossing and turning in the heat and humidity. Bathroom towels were threadbare, and tiles around the sink were unglued. But we enjoyed feeding the feral cats who cruised our patio. Breakfast was a buffet of plain foods served in abundance, as well as cooked to order eggs. Resident iguanas come over the wall looking for fruit treats taken gingerly from your hand. There are limited grocery stores nearby to stock the small refrigerator in the room but no cooking facilities. Rum Runners' food was inconsistent. Their best offering is the tuna salad at lunch, served with small cups of condiments, such as capers, onions, and tomatoes. We met Captain Don at the resort's welcome party; he was signing copies of his new book and appears to be going strong. Wireless Internet service was intermittent. A more reliable source is the Chat n Browse just beyond Buddy Dive. The in town pharmacy does not stock effective remedies for swimmer's ear, so bring your own. Despite the need for improvements, we will most likely return to Bonaire again for the utter relaxation of diving there.
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