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Dive Review of Dive Friends in
Bonaire

Dive Friends, May, 2009,

by Butch Fries and Kirby McBean, CO, USA ( 1 report). Report 4780.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Central America, Baja, other locations in Mexico, South Pacific (Tahiti and Cook Islands)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers were unaccompanied.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments It may be a minority opinion, but apparently Bonaire is a secret and I've yet to be let in on it. Topside, if your taste in landscape runs to mudflats and construction rubble, Bonaire is for you. Underneath...I have to say that in 15 years of diving I've never before actually been bored on our dives. Reefs are either bleached or shades of brown with little color and appear overfished, and shore entries tend to be difficult. Visibility was poor, although I'm told it's usually better. Theft remains a problem, and a large sign in our rental truck advised us not to roll up the windows or lock the doors and not to leave anything valuable in sight. It appears that the local authorities are fine with that situation as long as the divers keep coming, and it won't change as long as divers are willing to tolerate it. I feel that it's overrated - perhaps coasting on past reputation - and overpriced, and overall I can't imagine returning to Bonaire.
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