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Dive Review of Divi Dive/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Dive/Divi Flamingo, Jun, 2003,

by Irv Kaplan, NV, USA . Report 661.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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