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Dive Review of Divi in
Bonaire

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Golitzen, CA, USA
Report Number 266
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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