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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Sinclair, La, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4194
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Florida Keys, St Eustatius, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Jamaica,
Roatan, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
The usual rules in a underwater preserve were to be observed  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Just a rinse bucket on the boat for photographers...however, many of the
divers seemed to want to drop their masks in there and the crew said
nothing.  There was a lot of macro life on these reefs and clouds of small
fish (brown chromis, creole wrasses, etc) everytwhere.  Many Frogfish and
Seahorses of all colours were eadily found, Great squadrons of squid were
seen on most dives.
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  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
We arrived in Bonaire at 8:45 PM on May 23rd.  Clearing Customs in Bonaire
was relatively easy compared to other Caribbean places we have gone, lines
moved quickly and efficiently.  The driver sent by the resort (Divi
Flamingo) was awaiting us once we cleared Customs. A quick ride to the
resort and the quick check-in and we were in the room and unpacking by
10:00 PM.  The room was nice, and had a great balcony overlooking Pier 1
(where the dive boats come after every dive trip to wash off.) 
The diveshop requires that you attend a briefing at 9:30 AM (the dive boats
leave at 8:30 AM) and do a checkout dive before you get on a boat.  We
arranged with the diveshop to do the two morning dives that we would have
otherwise missed (even though we had  already paid for them) on Friday the
30th. 
 
While we were staying at the Divi Flamingo, the Scuba Trust from the UK
were also there.  This is a group of handicapped divers.  They were awesome
as a group and as individuals.  I got to know two of the divers, Alice and
Geoff.  I cannot tell you how much I admire them.  Everything for them is
so much harder and more involved than it is for me and other able-bodied
divers.  I dont know if I would have their courage and grit if I were in
their position.  

On Thursday I made my 200th dive.  I saw two cowfish mating in the early
afternoon (around 2:30PM).  I was far enough off that I failed to get a
decent picture of it, but I will always remember the dance they performed 
it was beautiful.  It was a GREAT 200th dive! 

The FOOD:

The resort provided breakfast daily on the plan we had purchased.  I had my
usual fruit and coffee breakfasts, while the hubs tried everything they
made on the buffet at one time or another.  He said the breakfasts served
were good, I will take his word on that.

Chibi-Chibi restaurant  at Divi Flamingo.  We ate here the Saturday after
we arrived, Sunday and the Friday night before we left the island.  On
Saturdays they have an all you can eat BBQ. The second time we ate here, I
had the blackened snapper and it was cooked perfectly.  On Fridays they
have an all you can eat pasta offering.
 
Richards  We ate here for our anniversary.  This is a place I would
return to eat on my next trip to Bonaire.

Catcus Blue    I would return to this place as well.

Bambu - VERY pricey restaurant. This is another place to which I would
return.

Donna and Gorgios   I would not eat here again, even though it is such a
short walk from where we were staying.


The Diving:

Day 0, May 24th:
Check out dive off the pier by the dive shop.  Big drop to the water. 12
FSW, bottom time was 11 minutes.

Day 1, May 25th:
1st dive was at Alice in Wonderland South side,  65 FSW, bottom time was
51 minutes, viz was about 90 feet. Water temp was 80.  
2nd dive was at Corporal Meiss South side of the Island, 63 FSW, bottom
time was 51 minutes, viz was about 50feet. Water temp was about 80. 
3rd dive was at Petries Pillar, North side,  57 FSW, bottom time 51
minutes, viz was about 75 feet, and was temp was approx 82. 
 
Day 2, May 26th: 
1st dive was at Bonadventure Reef at Klein Bonaire, 46 FSW, bottom time
50 minutes, viz was 75+ feet, and water temp was 80 degrees.  
2nd dive was at Hands Off Reef at Klein Bonaire, 41 FSW, bottom time was
50 minutes, viz  was 75+ feet, and water temp was 80 degrees.  
3rd dive was at Cliff#26, North side, 63 FSW, bottom time was 51 minutes,
was temp was 82 degrees.    

Day 3, May 27th, (our anniversary): 
1st dive was at Backadera Reef North side,  57 FSW, bottom time 45
minutes, viz was 75+ feet, and water temp was 80 degrees.  
2nd dive was at Andrea II, North side, 63 FSW, bottom time was 50
minutes, viz was 80+ feet, water temp was 8- degrees.  
3rd dive was at Keepsake Reef on Klein Bonaire, 62 FSW, bottom time was
45 minutes, viz was 75+ feet, water temp was 83 degrees.  

Day 4, May 28th:  
1st dive was at Hilma Hooker Wreck , 73 FSW, bottom time 29 minutes, viz
was 75+ feet, and water temp was 80 degrees.  
2nd dive was at The Cliff, 47 FSW, bottom time was 53 minutes, viz was
80+ feet, water temp was 80 degrees.
3rd dive was at The Knife on Klein Bonaire, 56 FSW, bottom time was 45
minutes, viz was 75+ feet, water temp was 83 degrees.  My 200th dive!  

Day 5, May 29th:
1st dive was at Klein Bonaire, Rockpile Reef,  63 FSW,  bottom time 48
minutes, viz was 75+ feet, and water temp was 80 degrees.  
2nd dive I forgot to get the name of the reef, 57 FSW, bottom time was 48
minutes, viz was 80+ feet, water temp was 80 degrees.  
3rd dive was Just a Nice Dive, Klein Bonaire, 67 FSW, bottom time was 57
minutes, viz was 80+ feet, water temp was 83 degrees 

 
Day 6, May 30th:
1st dive was at Square Point on South side, 57 FSW, bottom time was 51
minutes, viz was 75+ feet, water temp was 80 degrees.  
2nd dive was at Windsock on South side, 41 FSW, 52 minutes bottom time,
viz was 75+  feet, water temp was 81 degrees.  

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