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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by James Capelle, NV, US (1 report)
Report Number 5688
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
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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