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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire/southeast coast

Divi Flamingo, Feb, 2008,

by Charlie Wallace, KY, U S A . Report 3897.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving PNG, Belize, Roatan, Caymans, St Maarten, Fiji, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No touching any living thing - which I completely support. The Hilma Hooker wreck was a conservative restriction at 25 minutes, which was OK with me
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Used some very helpful advice from Brenda York, manager of the on-site Capture Photo facility. Full-service photo shop, video, instruction, analysis. They hold a weekly customer photo contest, great support to the dive operation without getting in the way. Boat staff were all very protective of camera gear, dive masters were very helpful in pointing out critters, handing you equipment. Overall, Bonaire is a photographer's delight, and Capture Photo and the staff at Divi were all wonderful.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Probably the easiest diving format I've ever experienced in a resort. Dive lockers right on the pier were fantastic. Boats were never loaded to the max or crowded - even though it was high season and resort was full. Boat ride times were usually kept to a minimum, but Bonaire is that way! I would not have minded to got o Klien Bonaire - just off our dock every day! I was so "busy" with the easy diving on the boats of the dive shop, that I did not get a chance to do much shore diving. Maybe next visit.
Negatives: with more large cruise ships coming in, there is less time/slots available to dive the downtown pier, so since you have to have a resevation to dive the pier now, I did not get a chance to do that. There were four VERY lARGE ships (only one at a time) the week we were there. Locals are starting to complain about the influx of these "cruisers". No other effect on diving.
Overall, one of the easiest trips I ever had and great chance to work on photography skills with the lack of current and plenty of great subjects in the water.
We rented a truck all week, so visited all kinds of restaurants rather than eat at the Flamingo resort all week. Always had a wonderful 7 AM breakfast buffet before the moring dive and usually ate lunch there.
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