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Dive Review of Divi Dive Bonaire in
Bonaire

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Joe, TX, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4212
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bay Islands, Belize,Cayman,Cozumel,Fiji, Paupa New Guinea, Saba,Turks and
Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive Profiles (depth and minutes)were announced for each dive but loosely
enforced. Shore diving is own your own for those who want to shore dive  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was our sixth trip to Bonaire. Bonaire marine park effort is really
paying off. Seahorses, Frog Fish and Turtles are prolific-an almost every
day occurance or more. First time we came there was one seahorse that the
dive master went and got, brought back to show divers and then returned him
to his hiding place. Now they point them out and keep on going. Corals are
generally in great shape.  However, Bonaire is not the place for
sharks--biggest thing you see are Tarpon. $25 charge for marine park fee is
a still a bargain.

If you are a beginner or have not dove in a year or two and want to get
back into the swing of things, this is the world easiest diving.  Currents
are virtually nil.  Navigation is as easy as going out with the reef on
your right and coming back in the opposite direction the shallows.  The
prolific sealife in the shallows virtually guarntees that the last 15
minutes of your dive is a safety stop.

Experience divers will enjoy the multitude of fish and critters and the
healthy reef and the ability to do as many shore dives as you want to do
(or that your computer will allow).  However, if you like to go deep,
Bonaire is really not the place for you.

Dive Bonaire operation attitude has bounced back after last trip (two years
ago)and all of the crews were friendly and helpful. BIG FYI is that marine
park regulations require orientation speech and check out dive from
shore/dock before you can get on boat, so if you are arriving Saturday and
won't be on time for 9:30am orientation, you won't be doing Sunday morning
boat two tank dive, so buy your dive package (or schedule your flight)with
this in mind. Shore/dock dive right off resort however is a very good dive
during the day and although we did not do the night dive this time, others
reported Tarpon and multiple octopi.

Divi Flamingo is still in transition with some improvements to the rooms,
but the make over not quite complete. But, if you are diving most of the
day, who cares that much about the room. Resturant on site are quite
tired-same menu from 1996-but staff remains friendly.  Breakfast buffet is
passable but resturants in and on the way to town are the way to go for
lunch and dinner--five to ten minute walk. Everywhere is flip flops and
shorts so don't worry about dressing up unless you want to. Everyone has
their favorites so just ask around. My group loves Cappricio's (Wine
Spectator award winning list), Mona Lisa, and Donna and Georgio's to name a
few.  We continue to stop in to new places each time we go and generally
everything is very good to excellent or it does not survive.

A lot of development (condos, shore side houses) so we will have to see how
the next few years of building impacts reefs etc., but no ill effects
witnessed on this trip.  On positve environmental note Bonaire is in
process of developing wind power farm and has announced its goal of having
a fossil fuel free electrical system.

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