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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/VRBO in
Bonaire

September, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Kent O. Bonde, FL, US (1 report)
"Great Dive Operator, Sparse Marine Life and a Healthy Crime Rate"
Report Number 8380
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Mediterranean, Pacific, South Atlantic and the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Flamingo Airport
Bonaire
Getting There
Insel Air/Air Aruba from Miami
via Aruba

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All diving we did was shore diving along the leeward side of the island.
While drop-off profiles could bottom out as deep as 120+ feet, the more
prolific coral and marine life was located between the 20-60 foot range.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
Great macro opportunities on shore diving; but not convenient to carry
spare batteries,  ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
We just spent a week diving in Bonaire and can't say enough about the very
unique and convenient approach with which Dive Friends Bonaire has
established to provide tank rentals to its customers, with multiple and
conveniently located drop-off and pick up locations around the Island. We
opted for the unlimited air and nitrox package, providing us six days of
unlimited tank rentals at a very reasonable ...
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By rskuhn at Oct 02, 2015 11:13 EST  
Did you report the crime to the Police?  If you can not control crime on an
island with a small population and limited outside access, you have a real
problem.  Until the locals realize tourism is their #1 industry and get
serious about stopping crime, the problems will continue.
By bkdiver at Oct 05, 2015 11:56 EST  
Yes, the police showed up promptly, took our report and went about
investigating the scene. They also informed us that while we didn't hear it
from them, that these kinds of occurances have become fairly common.  It
appears that enterprising criminals are casing known rental properties and
monitoring the comings and goings of renters to plan their hits.
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