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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
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Report Number 6089
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Curacao, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Roatan, Cozumel, Belize,
Bonaire, Caymans, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits; back to boat with 500 lbs at least.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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
My wife, the photographer, was happy overall with photo setup.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was our 9th trip to Divi Flamingo with our dive shop, Wateree Dive
Center in Columbia, SC. We flew with Delta from Atlanta on their weekly
Saturday flight. This has always been an excellent trip and continues to be
so.

The dive operation in excellent. Rofino and Laurel were on our boat all
week and did an excellent job. Rofino especially sought out Lionfish,which
were relatively prevalent, and dispatched a number of them in an effort to
cut down their population. This is encouraged by the dive operation and
hopefully will help. The boat was adequate, but engine overall is not too
far off. 

There was excellent juvenile fish life and we saw juvenile Queen Angels and
juvenile French Angels more than previous visits. Golden morays, Chain
morays, Spotted morays, and occasional Green morays were seen. There were
several sightings of large turtles  and also spotted eagle rays and
southern stingrays. Overall, the fishlife was excellent and the reefs in
good shape, except for several bleached areas on a couple of sites. The viz
was excellent and water temp about 81-83 degrees, quite comfortable with a
rash guard and shorts.

Our package included breakfast at Divi and lunch and dinner on your own.
Restaurants we will definitely return to include "Unbelievable",
"Cappricio's", "Paradise Moon", and "It Rains
Fishes".

Clearing Atlanta was a hassle. It took about 50 minutes to get our luggage
and a total of two hours to get to our car. The entire Western Hemisphere
seemed to arrive at the same time on a Saturday night.

We'll return again to Divi Flamingo and we really love Bonaire. The people
are friendly and the diving is wonderful. Our dive shop does a great job
with getting this as hassle free week as possible. I don't think there is
anything that could be done about arrival in Atlanta. The term
"BOHICA" is appropriate.



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