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Dive Review of Divi Dive Bonaire/Divi Flamingo in

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones, SC, USA
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4990
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas,Truk,Belize,St. Kitts, Roatan, Caymans, St. Lucia, Grenada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was about our 7th trip to Divi Flamingo with our dive shop, Wateree
Dive Center in Columbia, SC. Thank goodness Delta flies from Atlanta
directly and we don't have to go through Montego Bay, which is #1 on my
list for "hassles while traveling." The rooms are adequate, but
clean. The service at Divi Flamingo is generally good. We ate breakfast and
lunch at the resort and dinner downtown, which is only a short walk from
the resort. Capriccios remains excellent.

The dive operation is good and some of the divemasters have been there a
long time. We asked for two or three particularly, but for whatever reason,
this did not happen. The diving remains quite good. The corals are still
overall in good shape, with good fish life. We saw multiple seahorses,
frogfish, and a diverse fishlife. Compared to a lot of places, I think the
diving is still quite good. 
Fortunately, no lionfish have been seen in Bonaire, from what I know.
The boats are good and reliable, although some show their age. 

Klein Bonaire really has nice corals and fishlife. The Hilma Hooker is
still an OK wreck, but after a quick tour, we went over to the reef and saw
plenty of lobster, and a nice spotted eagle ray.

This continues to be a great dive destination, and with Delta flying
nonstop from Atlanta, it really helps. The only problem was that none of
our luggage got back to Columbia Saturday night and did not arrive until
Monday AM. The small jet did not handle the gear and we had to wait for it
to make it to Columbia. This a recurring problem from Atlanta to Columbia
and it gets kinda old. This is a "Delta" problem, however. We'll
keep returning to Bonaire.

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