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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo, Nov, 2009,

by Jeff Bloomer, IL, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 5242.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions During the boat dives dive times and depths were mentioned but never enforced. Dive times often were at 60 minutes or longer even when the DM stated them to be 45 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a designated bucket for cameras and it was generally observed. A separate rinse tank on the dive dock for cameras as well. No separate table for dealing with any potential camera issue although there was room on the table which wasn't being used for anything else.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort was in generally good shape. Some parts of the ocean view rooms are showing some age but not too bad yet. The grounds are nice, the staff was always pleasant, food at the 2 restaurants was better than average with good service. Sara, the manager, made it a point to check with us several times and helped with a dive issue one of our divers had. Being interested in taking pictures I hung back in the group so I can't speak to how engaged the DMs were in helping people spot critters. The DMs were not too engaged while underway, the lone American we had on one day was really good and joked around. The dive locker arrangement on the dive dock was very nice, pretty new and roomy. The process for getting tanks for shore diving was simple and unfettered. All in all I would recommend Divi to others. This is our 4th trip to Bonaire and I would rate Divi as good as Captain Don's. We did do a dive with Carib Inn to do the White Hole. Great dive, great DMs. 2 DMs for 8 divers and when we were done with the White Hole we took a short, read could have been much longer, dive on the reef to end the single tank dive. Bruce B is a hoot, nothing like I thought a Bonaire legend would be like. A very nice guy, very accommodating. I'd have to say going to Bonaire and not doing the White Hole would be a mistake. 200 plus Tarpon, 300 Mahogany Snapper school, Goliath Grouper, 2 Moray eels, and a Sting Ray all in the hole, 3 turtles in 5 minutes on the outer reef portion of the dive. I first dived the White Hole with Wild Larry but Larry is out and some Dutch guys are running that great boat. Too bad they don't advertise as we were asking around town about Larry to do some diving on the windward side and didn't find these other guys until we showed up to do the White Hole.
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