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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat, Nov, 2010,

by Janet Czapski , MI, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5846.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Australia, Maldives, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving; 400-500 psi remaining in tank at end of dive; all of our dives were in excess of 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera rinse tub on board every boat; rooms have plenty of plugs for battery charging, etc. Depending on where room is located, it can be a distance to carry a heavy rig down to the boat! House reef is ALWAYS a great dive for any photographer.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed in the brand-new deluxe oceanfront junior suites and they are gorgeous. Rooms are spacious and well-furnished. Every room has a king-size bed with pillow-top mattress and queen sleeper sofa. There's a large desk with flat-panel TV and plenty of room to charge batteries, change lenses, etc. Every room has a wet bar with dishes/glasses/silverware, a medium-sized refrigerator, microwave & coffee maker. Each suite has a private patio with sun loungers and a small table/chairs. They are located right next to the steps leading down to the gear storage area/Nitrox fill area and dive boats.

Dive boat staff are always accommodating and requests for specific dive sites have always been granted. The water temp reached 86 degrees for a prolonged period this late summer/fall so there is some coral bleaching going on, but the water temp is dropping back into the normal ranges and it appears the hard corals are starting their recovery process.

We saw eels, turtles, eagle rays, some barracuda and large schools of creole wrasse and tangs cruising the reefs. All in all, Bonaire is a great value with top-notch Caribbean diving.
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