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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire/southeast coast

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Charlie Wallace, KY, U S A
Report Number 3897
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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