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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo Beach in

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Kenneth W Smith, FL, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4647
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Jersey Wrecks, NC Wrecks, Truk, Palau, Yap, Cozumel, US Pacific, FL Keys,
Dry Tortugas, Exuma, Nassau, Bimini, Cay Sal
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Conservative depth limits (50 to 80 ft.), swim with the group and
divemaster.  They say you can "go on your own", but in practice
that does not happen.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I did not bring a camera, but those that did seemed OK with the facilities.
 There was a pro available to do DVD's and stills, if you want that
service.  I think it was $150 or $180 for a group DVD.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
Rooms were very comfortable, but not flashy.  Ours was right on the road,
away from the ocean.  We enjoyed a nice view from our second story patio,
but suffered from exposure to road noise and BARKING DOGS (not a problem
late at night with the AC on.)  Dive operation very polished and safety
concious.  Nice dock and steps from the pier into shallow water, with
gentle drop to 100' a few kicks away, nice coral and small sea critters
right there. Tanks, including three single tank sizes of Nitrox were right
on the dock, and locker for gear storage overnight.  Bring your own lock,
or they have a nice combo lock for $5 (reasonable.)  Boats left from the
same dock, so logistics were excellent.  The only negative was the EXTREME
control imposed by the divemasters on most trips.  Our group dove all week,
and all of us were experienced, but the controls never let up.  "I'll
go down and check the current (there never was any), then we all go the
same direction.  Maximum depth 50 feet (a little deeper for the first dive
of the morning).  So we all herd along in scattered group in one direction,
then back across the same stuff to get back to the boat.  Good excercise,
but no adrenaline.  I always went 20 or 30 ft. deeper (divemaster waving me
up, I waved back), just so I could sweep a different area on the way back. 
Kind of boring, after a week.  In the last newsletter I read where someone
was disappointed by lack of dive guide in FL Keys.  To me, the real fun of
diving is exploring on your own, which I did not get here.  Perhaps Disney
will be getting into the dive business, and we'll all move along in trams. 
My take is that Bonaire is great for new or less experienced divers.  The
shore diving can be more adventure, I suppose, but requires more logistical
work, and you can't get to Klien Bonaire, where the reef is a LOT more
intact.  The main island sufferes from 20 to 40% die back, in my
observation.  We did dive the wreck Helma Hooker, by special request,
"But don't go inside!!!"
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