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

Divi Dive/Divi Flamingo, Oct, 2009,

by John Keith, UT, USA (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5225.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 28 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - Shore diving
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Resort had two barrels for cameras which were more than adequate

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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