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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat, Apr, 2003,

by Jackie Sax, Illinois, USA . Report 663.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Israel. Negril, Jamaica. Central Florida caves and springs, Florida Keys drive 'n dive. Cuba, Marquesies & Dry Tortugas, USVI, Bonaire, Curacao, & the quarries and lakes, incl: Lake Michigan, in northern Illinois
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Truely the "home of diving freedom", no time, depth or course restrictions enforced, but come 500psi, surface. Divesites were posted, and divemaster explained the suggested course, but dive your own profile. No buddy if opted, shore dives (24h) the same. No diving within 24hrs of leaving. VERY HELPFUL!!!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Fresh water soaking tanks on all boats, and all around the staging area. Can dive 24hrs, and many critter come out at night, right in front of resort. 24hr turn around time for spent film. In-house pro for questions, or equipment rental. Huge effort to accomidate. Lots of subjects, large and small.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments All I had read prior to my leaving were bad reports about the resort, but surprisingly, I found the room to be extremely clean with a good view. Except for those cold showers. The entire staff makes a huge effort to help get you what you need or want. Everyone is just so nice, and will go to any end to help. For example, I forgot my mask on the dive boat which was switched mid-week, so that next day,one of the divemasters swam out to the boat mooring to get my mask. The SCUBA crew were the nicest, most caring, helful, fun and knowledgable group of happy people, and every chance they had, they helped us gear-up, put our rigs together, carry tanks and weights, so you do not have to. They gently help you onto the boat and into the water, to get you on your way to discover the reef. If the mooring was already taken, we voted on a site, and the captain complied. I cannot say enough good things about the SCUBA team, and the SCUBA facilities. Breakfast was always good and filling, however the lunches and dinners were very expensive ($30 min.), and not very good at all. The trip was very expensive, but I get every penny back, when at 40' I played with an urchin the divemaster found. Or he showed me a rare fish, cuttlefish, tounges, snails, parrot fish, and blue tangs nipping at my earrings. The only negative, aside from the restaurant was that there was no hot water. Being an insomniac, I would shower at 2:00am, because any other time the water was warmer outside under the wetsuit wash. So, I would wash my hair in tepid water (2:00am), then let it air-dry, as I would walk the property, and sit on the short pier, waiting for the sunrise. They do have roaming security. Overall I had the vacation of my life! Will return April/May 2004. DivaDiver
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