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Dive Review of Divi Divers/Divi Flamingo and The Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

January, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jill Caple, MD, USA
Report Number 1979
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, FL
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diva Divers would recommend max depth and time but they only strongly
recommend 500psi left when you reboarded boat + safety stop. We had divers
w/ our group that were diving Nitrox so of couse they had longer bottom
times. Safety was a corcern but not over bearing.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Rinse tubs for photographers on boat and dock. All the photographers w/ our
group seemed to be please w/ everything. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was my husband and I first trip to Bonaire. We went w/Shark Riders
Scuba Tour's. We have done a trip w/Sharkriders before and would never
consider going w/out them. Ed Hoffman had everthing so well planned that
the only thing that I had to worry about was packing and getting to the
airport,after that Ed did all the work. We just sat back and enjoyed some
amazing diving. Everyone at Divi Divers was woderful. Orlando was amazing
at finding frogfish,octopus and other small critters. Pepe was fun to dive
w/ and made sure everyone was taken care of. We dove from their dive boat
Sea Gypsy,which is one of the nicer boats.We did 2tanks in the morning then
1 tank after lunch. Then we did night dives from the dock on the house reef
2 times. All of the diving was great. The house reef is nice for night
dives and a slower evening dive. I get cold when diving and dove
w/rashguard shirt,fullsuit(3mm),and bought a hood+dive socks to wear after
a couple of days of still being cold. My husband wore his shorty all week.
He jokes that I may need a dry suit for the tropics. We couldn't believe
how little down time we had between all the diving but who can complain
w/the outstanding diving in Bonaire.The rooms at Divi Flamingo are fine but
nothing fancy. We did have a small kitchen,big refrigerator,that was great
for heating up leftovers or making a quick lunch.We bought drinks and
snacks to keep in the room and take on morning dives to have during our
break. We didn't really care that the rooms weren't 5stars because we were
diving the whole time and only really used the room to get a nap and sleep.
The food was great but took forever. We would go to eat before we were
hungry because by the time your food came you would be hungry. Only real
problem was the front desk would run out of beach towels so you had to be
careful as to reuseing yours or hitting the front desk at the right time to
get fresh towels.Our flight home w/AirJamaica was cancelled, and we could
not fly out till the next day. Would have been a huge pain but with
Ed(Sharkriders Tours)he was able to get us a overnight stay at The Plaza
Resort. The room we stayed in was huge, and very nice. The dinner was over
priced and made Divi Flamingo's food service look fast. The food was fine
but I was almost sound asleep by the time it came to the table. If you have
money to throw away and plan on spending more time in your room then
underwater then stay at The Plaza. Otherwise, I would stay at Divi Flamingo
again. Diving with Sharkriders Scuba Tours is great because we always get
great service and attention. Our group had our own boat for the whole week
which was great. Bring plenty of sunscreen from home, we used more then we
thought we would and buying it was overpriced and hard to find brand that I
prefer.We will return to dive Bonaire!!!     
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