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Dive Review of Divi Dive Bonaire/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by R E and Carol A Thompson, FL, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 1744
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
FL Keys, Pompano Beach, central FL, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, NH Lake
Winnipesaukee, St. Kitts, St Lucia, Turks & Caicos, Nassau, St.
Maarten, Hawaii - Big Island, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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
2 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Spectacular shore diving (duh!) Corals are healthy and breathtaking! The
marine park fee was raised 4/1/05 from $10 per diver to a whopping $25. 

Worst thing - We were almost snagged by a fishing line with bait attached
during a dive. It was reeled up while we were almost on top of it. Two
locals in a small boat with outboard, close to the Hooker. They were there
the whole time during our two dives. When we asked about the
"protected marine sanctuary" thing back at the dive shop,
Orlando, a divemaster, told us "Well, it's OK to fish, but they are
supposed to do it at the open water edge of the reef, to stay away from
divers." Huh?? We thought that "protected marine sanctuary within
6 miles from shore" meant just that - apparently we were wrong. Your
$25 bucks at work protecting those fish! We feel this selective enforcement
to be unconscionable.

Saw 2 seahorses, one brown, one black, during the week. At that same site
(don't remember which - maybe 1000 Steps?) I found a frogfish, the only one
all week.

Town Pier at night is gorgeous - everything it's cracked up to be, looking
just like the glossies you see in the dive mags.

While diving Karpata, everything in our truck was rifled through. They took
our prescription sunglasses out of the glove compartment and threw them on
the seat. Tore a hole in our dry dive bag. We didn't leave much of value,
but they stole a tin of cinnamon Altoids. Left the mint ones, though - go
figure!

Dutch guests were supremely unfriendly. Divi was barely passable - room
floor was dirt-laden, fridge froze everything and air co was either in
overdrive or non-existent, lots of bratty kids commandeering the pools.
Island is just OK, but the diving will bring us back.
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