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Dive Review of Dive Friends in
Bonaire

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Butch Fries and Kirby McBean, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4780
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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