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Dive Review of Divi Dive Bonaire/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Dive Bonaire/Divi Flamingo, Jun, 2008,

by Tripp Jones, SC, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 52 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 4201.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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