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Dive Review of Divi Dive/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire/West coast

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by John Keith, UT, USA
Contributor   (19 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5225
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Saba, Cabo San Lucas, Northern CA,
Florida Keys, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
Water Temp
28   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None - Shore diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Resort had two barrels for cameras which were more than adequate
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was our first time in Bonaire.  It was the best we've seen in the
Caribbean.  Corals on the slopes were in good condition (hard corals have
been pulverized, as noted by others).  Shore diving was so easy and the
local book on shore diving sites (available everywhere) was very helpful
(I'd recommend it to any new visitor who is going shore diving - very worth
the price).  We had two relative beginners and two experienced divers, all
of whom loved the place.  We dove both south and north on the west coast
(wind was howling on the east coast) and enjoyed every dive.  Saw many
fish, a Hawksbill or two on every dive, a few barracuda, a couple of eagle
rays gliding by, and lots of eels of various types. We will be back.  We
also enjoyed visiting the park on the north end and bird viewing.  
We stayed at the Divi on an RCI exchange and were pretty disappointed with
the exchange.  What is a 2/4 studio at Divi (no separate bedroom) is not
the same as a 2/4 at our home resort in Cabo.  Good thing all four of us
were family.  Still, the Divi people were helpful and friendly - including
the dive shop - and the room was comfortable and clean (barring a little
bathroom odor) and the A/C worked well.  We found that the restaurants
around Divi were all pretty good.  Unbelievable was very good.  We didn't
get to It Rains Fishes (too late on the reservation) - that's for next
time. We did have one problem - the hatch on the SUV we rented (Hertz) came
open and my wife's dive bag with all her gear fell out on the road.  By the
time we noticed it (when one of the tanks rolled out) and turned around, it
was history.  Police were kind and understanding, but - not surprisingly -
no recovery.  The Divi Dive shop even emailed all the local dive shops
about it, as well.  We used a debit card to pay our dive bill, and the cost
showed up initially as double what we paid.  The shop said they'd had
trouble with those overcharges for some reason.  But within a few days, the
correct amount showed up.  
All in all, a great week.
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