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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo/Larrys Wildside in
Bonaire

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Judy Flagg, NY, USA
Report Number 1436
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New England, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Grand Cayman, California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time restrictions depending upon the site  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 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
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The diving in Bonaire was just great.  We saw lots of vibrant corals and
large numbers of tropical fish.  The water was in the 80,s the vis was fine
and the diving very easy.  We spent several days diving with the staff at
the Divi.  Unlike most Carribean diving staffs, they provided no help with
getting everything on board and changing out your tank after the first
dive.  The first 2 days no in between  dive snack was provided.  Despite
the small inconvience, the diving was wonderful.  The divemaster in the
water was great at finding small critters and seahorses.  The sites
selected had great coral and lots of fish.  
We dove with Larrys Wildside one morning.  Larry is quite the character. 
He has a large Zodiac boat and gets the divers in and out of the  boat in
an almost military fashion.  He pointed to you and you were expected to
backroll into the water instantly.  We did not see any large pelagics on
our dives but from what I understand the chances of seeing some are better
on that side of the island.  
The shore diving was exceptional.  We spent some of our time shore diving. 
We dove Red Slave, the Hooker and then went to the National Park for the
day.  My advice is to wear hard soled dive booties of even rock boots
because of the coral on the shore and in the water.  
The Divi is in need of a bit of renovation.  We h ad a room on the lower
level of the ocean front building.  The air conditioner leaked water all
over or tile floor makeing it very slippery.  We called to have it repaired
several times but it continued to be a problem.  The walls were flakey and
a bit moldy because of the water issue.  We had the all inclusive plan. 
The food was excellent and the bar was great.  The bar did close early most
nights.  The Divi is just a short walk into town.  
I would not hesitate to go back to the Divi and dive with their staff.  For
the price, dealing with the substandard room and having the great diving
was worth it.
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