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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/Private Home in

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Peter and Mary Pinkerton, NY, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6416
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribbean, Maldives, Australia, Truk Lagoon, Costa Rica, French
Polynesia,Indonesia...and lots of other places!
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We dove our own profile with no restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
The Dive Friends at Yellow Submarine boat did not have any accommodations
for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We rented a privately owned condo from Dec. 10, 2011-Jan. 7, 2012 (4 weeks)
on the water at Lighthouse Beach Resort. The only amenity at the resort was
a well maintained pool. 

The really good-We signed up with Dive Friends at Yellow Submarine and used
tank cards to keep track of our tanks (15 tanks on each card). Dive Friends
have 4 locations so it was really easy to drop off and pick up tanks.  We
went with them to Klein Bonaire one day for a 2 tank dive. Through out our
4 weeks staff were great, and very accommodating!  The rest of the time we
took advantage of the easy shore diving.  We purchased "Bonaire Shore
Diving Made Easy" and found it invaluable. While each site has its own
pros and cons, overall the walls, hard and soft corals and schooling fish
are really good. Bonaire is not a place to go for the big animals (other
than tarpon that like to follow the lights at night).  The salt pier is an
aquarium of schooling fish. Both times we were there we watched a small
school of squid who were not really very skittish. We found the sea horse
on Andrea 1 and saw turtles on 3-4 different dives. Almost always saw
Flamingo Tongues, eels, Angel Fish, and the other usual critters. Never did
find the frog fish! The sites farther north and south were much better than
the ones in town which tended to have silt/sand and some trash. Most of our
dives were well over an hour in length (which is why we were wearing 5 ml
suits). We were generally not very deep, and only had to deal with current
a couple of times. We are both photographers so we tend to move slowly
through the water. One of the best things about Bonaire is that there are
so many choices of sites that often you never see another diver. Unlike so
many places where we are all together on the same reef at the same time. 

Bonaire has a variety of grocery stores. The newest one (Van den Tweel) has
wonderful produce and meats that I have come not to expect when we stay on
an island. Yes, you pay for the convenience but we thought it was well
worth the price. There are also a wide variety of restaurants and we only
had one meal we didn't like (unfortunately it was on Christmas Day!).

We have been to Bonaire several times before but always stayed at Buddy
Dive or Flamingo Beach for just a week. Having 4 weeks allowed us to really
explore the island. Wonder how many know there is a golf course on Bonaire?
We came across a pond by the dump that was just full of flamingos, found
the dive sites way north past BOPEC, and spent a day just wandering thru
Washington Slagbaii Park.

The not as good- It was rainy season so we did have some rain. Mostly short
showers that didn't affect us very much. The standing water did however
increase the no see um and mosquito population. We used 2 cans of spray
while we were there. As typical, early morning and dusk were the worst

Our condo was rundown and there was no security at Lighthouse Beach even
though it was promoted on the website. We had to close and clock the house
(including drapes) every time we left. It was annoying and hard to keep the
house at a cooler temperature. We paid attention to all that we have read
and heard about crime on Bonaire. We were careful not to leave valuables in
the truck or outside of our house (which meant we had dripping wetsuits in
the house most of the time). After our night dives we locked everything in
the cab of the truck and parked under street lights in well populated areas
so we could eat dinner, and had no problems. We had no issues with crime
and we did not hear of any while we were there.

Overall it was a great vacation.

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