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Dive Review of Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Carib Inn, Jun, 2007,

by Bruce Petrarca, AZ, YSA . Report 4323.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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