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Dive Review of Divi in
Bonaire

Divi, Nov, 2002,

by Peter Golitzen, CA, USA . Report 266.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Kona Aggressor, Solmar V, Kona shore, S.Calif, Coco view (3 times), Florida keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions First dive 70' max, else 50'. Time 45 min in AM, 60 min in single PM dive. NOT VISIBLY ENFORCED - quite relaxed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Not a photog - but they seemed to cater to them quite well

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Had we known, we would skip the meals included package, service was horribly slow at lunch & dinner. Short walk into town for many choices (but not too cheap)

The breakfast buffet was great is usually included with the dive package. Rooms were okay and I recommend staying there, but not perfect.

BYOB - beer retails over $1 for 25cl bottles (i.e. about 8 oz.) and Divi charges about $3-4 for one of those teensy beers. Wish I had brought a bottle of hard stuff along.

Dive operation excellent (although they did cram 15-17 divers on a boat, but it was an exceptionally busy week) Sometimes we had as few as 8 on the boat.

Wind usually wipes out the bugs, but once in a while I got eaten alive while waiting for dinner. Needed some DEET one time. Restaurants are open-air, rarely need screening due to wind.

Although Dutch is official language, english spoken by most. A "pidgin" Papiamento is bantered about (relic of slave days)
Bring cash for casino purposes, else credit card does a lot.

Flew in American Eagle from San Juan, no problem except late arrival and early departure. Dutch Caribbean I beleive the ghost of ALM notorious for losing luggage, and they did it again to some friends.
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