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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo, Jul, 2012,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 52 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6599.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Australia, all over Caribbean, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back to boat with 500 lbs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was Wateree Dive Center of Columbia, SC's annual trip to Bonaire. My wife and I have returned for our 11th consecutive year and we brought 49 divers from South Carolina to Divi Flamingo. This is an excellent dive resort with rooms very nice and appropriate for divers. The food is very good and there are many restaurants to choose from for dinner. The walk to town is only about 12 minutes or so and there are several restaurants (Unbelievable, At Sea, and Carpaccio's only 5 minutes or less from the resort. It Rains Fishes continues to be excellent also.
The dive operation is excellent. Alvin and Ruud were our dive masters along with Laurel, Luis, Orlando and Enrique for the other boats in our group. The fish life was excellent and we saw far fewer lionfish this year than in previous years. Most divers also commented on seeing more juveniles than in prior years, which I think could be to controlling the lionfish population moreso.

We saw more Green morays than in previous years, along with more Golden, Spotted, and Chain morays also. I also saw the largest loggerhead that I had ever seen in the caribbean.

All in all, we really enjoy coming to Divi Flamingo and Bonaire. All 49 divers were happy and we plan to return. We flew Insel Air from Charlotte, changing in Curacao and then to Bonaire by an 18 minute flight. The return flight required us leaving the resort at 5:15 AM and we were back in Charlotte by 2:00 PM. This was a great trip.
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