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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6599
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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