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Dive Review of Divi Dive Bonaire/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Dive Bonaire/Divi Flamingo, May, 2005,

by R E and Carol A Thompson, FL, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 1744.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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