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Dive Review of Dive Friends - Yellow Submarine/Emerald Princess in
Bonaire

Dive Friends - Yellow Submarine/Emerald Princess, Apr, 2008,

by Paul Lima, TN, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports). Report 4022.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean Islands, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions stay behind and above divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments no rinse bucket for cameras on board but available at shop at the end of the dive as were rinse facilities for all gear.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Diving from Emerald Princess. Easy transfer from cruise pier to shop by boat. Boat was crowded with little room to move, especially to sit in the sun during the surface interval. A couple of inches of water remained in the bottom of the boat while moored but drained out when under way. Mandatory fee of $10 (cash) for marine park and lecture about park rules. Also mandatory bouyancy check prior to diving. The wall was close on the first dive and just a short swim from the sand where the bouyancy checks were conducted. Vertical wall with prolific coral and sponges. Good briefings by staff and they kept a watchful eye on the group while diving. Ebo's reef on Klein Bonaire was interesting because it started in blue water and a surface swim was required to get to the wall. From the overview it appears there is excellent shore diving available all along the lee coast.
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