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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat, Sep, 2013,

by Samuel B Johnson, NC, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 7141.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mostly various Caribbean locations, a few dives in California, a few dives in North Carolina, once in the Mediterranean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I took a course with ZsuZsanna at the on-site photo shop, BonPhoto, and I have the highest praise for her. I was an absolute novice, and she carried me to ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This was my third trip to Captain Don's and may have been my last.

Captain Don's continues to live up to its motto: "Home of Diving Freedom." Unfortunately, the other side of that coin is that the attitude of the dive operation tends to be, "You're on your own." Maybe it's Dutch style, but gruffness replaces smiling, and staff talking to each other are in no hurry to interrupt their conversation to talk to or help a guest. One of the staff at the reception desk was absolutely rude.

The bottom line service quality at the dive operation is actually good. Tanks are well filled; the boats get one to the dive sites; they even unstuck the deflator valve on my inflator hose and charged me nothing. But all the extra touches are missing, e.g., smiling, asking how was your dive, a dive briefing to give ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Robert S Kuhn in IL, US at Sep 16, 2013 22:56 EST  
If you have been to Bonaire 3X and have 200+ dives, you really need to venture out on your own on Bonaire or Curacao on your own schedule with your own dive profile. You do not need a DM or dive boat on Curacao or Bonaire.
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