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Dive Review of Divi Divers/Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by James A. Heimer, TX, United States
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Report Number 4184
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, California, Mexico, Texas
Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Honduras Bay Islands, Belize, US Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Aruba, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive duration (45 to 60 minutes) and maximum depth (usually 60 to 100 feet)
were specified.  The duration was primarily to keep on the shootout
schedule so that the boats got back in time for lunch and the afternoon
seminars.  
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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Each boat had a multi level camera shelf, which provided adequate storage
for travel to and from the dive sites.  Each boat also had two camera rinse
tanks, one of which was provided especially for the digital shootout due to
the large number of divers on board.

Additional camera rinse tanks had been set up in the gear rinse area on the
dive dock, and extra tables were provided as a place to put cameras while
gearing up or down.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We were attending the 2008 Digital Shootout for underwater photographers,
which the Divi Flamingo and Divi Divers has hosted for the last two years.

We were in the 700 series of rooms, which are time-share units adjacent to
the dive shop facing the pool.  Each room had a small, dated kitchenette
(coffee maker, blender, bar refrigerator, microwave and cooktop, plus
dishes and utensils) and a shower-only bathroom.  The sleeping / living
area was spacious, reasonably well lit, with plenty of desk and table space
to set up photographic equipment.  Each room had a screened-in porch
(ground floor) or balcony (second floor).  The AC kept the room cool, and
the rooms were serviced every day.  The rooms could use some updating, and
for one day, we had an unpleasant sewage smell in the room, while the
septic system for the resort was being serviced.

Our 12-dive package included two meals a day, a buffet breakfast and buffet
lunch at the outdoor Calabas restaurant.  The food was good in quality,
quantity and variety  adequate for a one-week stay.  We ate several meals
at the more upscale Chibi Chibi restaurant at the resort, and they were
also good.  There are several restaurants a short walk outside the gate to
the resort that we tried  Richards on the water away from town and La Luna
and Donna & Giorgio's toward town.  All are pretty pricey, but very
good to excellent quality.

Our group of 80 divers participating in the shootout was divided among four
boats.  We had the Alice H, a boat-hulled flat top vessel (the other three
were more conventional shapes).  We dove two morning dives, with the
afternoons reserved for seminars and workshops.  You loaded your gear on
board in the morning and hooked up your own equipment, geared up in place
and walked to the stern to do a giant stride entry.  The crew handed down
cameras, and one accompanied and conducted each dive.  After the first dive
you shifted your gear to a new tank during the surface interval.  We had
two excellent dive masters, Enrique and Jan, who found the featured
creature (seahorse, frogfish, juvenile drum or trunkfish, etc.) at each
site.  Although large sea life was absent, the reefs were in excellent
condition and there was a great variety of the usual tropicals, including
turtles and reef squid.  The shootout crowd is a little different from the
random group of divers you might encounter  most were very experienced and
considerate divers, but there was a definitely a spirit of competition to
get the best shots during the dive.  Besides the boat diving, we dove the
house reef (Calabas Reef) several times, including two night dives.  We did
not pursue other shore diving opportunities.

We will go back to Bonaire, but will probably look for a newer resort.
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