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Dive Review of Divi Dive Bonaire/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones, SC, USA
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4201
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Curacao, Roatan, St. Kitts, Puerto
Rico, Caymans, St. Lucia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour, 500 #.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
My wife said was good.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was our 7th trip to Divi Flamingo, with our local dive shop, Wateree
Dive Center, Columbia, S.C. Bonaire is still my overall favorite place to
dive . Delta Airlines flies directly to Bonaire on Saturdays from Atlanta
and this is a definite improvement over Air Jamaica through Montego Bay.We
stayed at Divi Flamingo and the rooms were adequate, clean and the staff
was generally friendly. We had a package to eat breakfast and then lunch
and dinner were on our own. Lunch was generally at the Chibi Chibi on site
and was good and relatively fast in service. Dinner was a walk to town,
about 15 minutes at most and was excellent at several different
restaurants.

The diving was excellent. The coral was healthy and fish were plentiful.
Didn't see any large pelagics, but turtles were common and rays were seen
also. Sea horses were also seen at several sites. Klein Bonaire was nice
with healthy coral and fishlife. Bonaire has done it right with a marine
park and it shows what conservation can do. The reefs look much healthier
and more fish life than in Curacao. Shore diving in front of the hotel is
easy and surprisingly very good. It is a great place to do a night dive,
since you can't get lost, and no current. Plenty of tarpons were seen at
night also.

The dive boats are good and the staff is excellent. Alvin is a superb dive
leader and took time to show many critters to everyone. The staff has
always been among the best in the Caribbean and there are many who have
been there for a number of years.

Going back through customs and immigration in Atlanta is always a hassle
and we had several pieces of luggage not make it back to Columbia on our
flight, due to a small jet, but we got it the next day.

We look forward to returning to Bonaire next year.
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