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

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Lima, TN, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 4022
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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