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Dive Review of Carib Inn in
Bonaire

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Petrarca, AZ, YSA
Report Number 4323
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman
Little Cayman
USVI
BVI
Palau
Truk
Yap
California
Baja Mexico
Sonora Mexico
Colorado
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back with some air. Our typical dives ran about 1-1/2 hours with max
depths in the 60 to 80 foot range. Some of our boat mates were hitting over
100 feet and still lasting 1-1/2 hours!

Boats ran with 2 to 10 divers.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Quick trips on the boat, so there is no accommodation for cameras. Staff is
careful with your camera and always ready to hand it in and retrieve it for
you.

Back at the shop, a separate rinse tank is provided for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This is our eighth trip to the Carib Inn, so they must be doing something
really right! Many folks come for the same week (or three) every year!

The small size of the operation and staff retention makes it feel like
home!

The impact of construction on the island; divers in the water; and
hurricane activity over the last 15 years have taken their toll on Bonaire.
It isn't the pristine place it was when we first visited in the '80s. But
we'll be back! Why - very good diving every day.

We arrived when Tropical Depression 7 (later known as Gustav) was forming
to the north. This brought uncharacteristic rain and a wind reversal,
making some favorite sites somewhere between uncomfortable and undiveable. 
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