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Dive Review of Divi Dive/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Irv Kaplan, NV, USA
Report Number 661
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Kaui, Maui & Kona - April/May 2002, Roatan - Dec 2002, French Polynesia
- Jan 2003
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
20 minutes on the Hilma Hooker (we were diving Nitrox) and wasted half a
tank.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
No camera tables, and recharging station in dive shop was inadequate
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
In my opinion if you are going to do boat diving, do 2 tank boat dives, so
you can go further north & south and spend more time on Klein. Divi's
charge and arrangements for Nitrox were poor. They don't do their own
Nitrox fills (not enough requests). I expected to pay an extra $100 for the
week, ended paying closer to $200. They charge per tank. Testor provided
was poor and tanks weren't always filled to 3000 psi. Long haul of tanks to
truck for shore diving. Shore diving from the Divi is excellent. Easy gear
up, entry and exit. Good location for night dive. If I was doing primarily
boat diving, I would stay at Divi, but if I was doing primarily shore, then
I would use a hotel with drive thru fill station (Buddy Dive - even though
I don't care for their dive staff).

The Divi Flamingo has renovated their hotel rooms. We had the ocean view
rooms (I highly recommend the second floor). Their restaraunt stills has
some very good food, at reasonable prices with, for Bonaire, good &
fast service. I love their ice coffee and their ice cream. A short walk to
downtown, which my non-diving wife appreciated, and a small beach. Watch
out for the KLM crews, they have a tendancy to take over.

Next visit we will try the Belmont Apartments, with Toucan Diving.

If you rent a car (truck) make sure they show how to work the AC and the
different keys.

Town Pier, if you've done it once, don't do it again. There are still alot
of critters in the garbage, but its so over dove that the piers don't have
much animal life on them. We went in with a small group and got overwhelmed
by a hoard of uncontrolled divers. Someone even had a large cave light
blinding everyone. Dive Salt Pier as a Twilight and Night dive, and watch
the tarpons feed off your lights.
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