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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5566
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Truk, Australia, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Grenada, St. Lucia,
Roatan, etc
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Ok, according to my wife, the photographer.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was our 9th trip to Bonaire, all at Divi Flamingo. Our dive shop,
Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC, made the trip with about 30 total
divers, using 2 boats daily. The water temp was about 80 degrees and the
weather was hot and dry. The flight from Atlanta is direct and fortunately
we did not have to go through Jamaica. The rooms are adequate and clean and
the grounds at Divi are well maintained. We had breakfast every morning at
the hotel restaurant and left for the first dive about 8:15 every morning
and did two dives, returned for lunch and left again about 2 pm for a 3rd
dive of the day. Night dives are the easiest in the Caribbean. Tarpon kept
"buzzing" us during the dive and the dive was really nice. This
is a good site to learn to do night dives, and is really just the house
(Calabas) reef.  We went downtown about every night to eat and the variety
of restaurants is really good.

The corals looked pretty healthy and we saw only 2 small lionfish, and they
are trying to be proactive in removing them when found. Fish life was good,
but few large fish. Still, it's overall quite good. 

We'll return to Bonaire again. It's like an old comfortable chair. It feels
good, and you always look forward to getting back to relax in a great
environment. 

I really like Bonaire and we will return again. All in all, the group
really looks forward to return trips to this great diving destination
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