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Dive Review of Divi dive/Div Flamingo in
Bonaire

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Reilly and Fran Klass, PA, USA
Report Number 1437
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Curacao, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Cozumel, New
Jersey
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
We did all shore diving - no restrictions  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We stayed at the Divi Flamingo October 30 to November 6. Check-in was fast
and smooth, although initially we were assigned a room without the extras
we ordered (2nd floor, king bed). We rejected this room and were quickly
assigned the room we requested. Seemed odd that we were not given the
correct room immediately. 

The Divi continues to improve. Our room was freshly painted, well
appointed, clean and kept that way. Housekeeping was outstanding, even
remembering to supply us with extra towels once we asked for more. The dive
operation used the newly renovated south pier. Fine for boats but lacking
benches for shore divers. The North pier is being rebuilt (several new
pilings were poured during our stay). Hotel landscaping also is much
improved over last year. The casino is being enlarged and the assistant
general manager told us the swimming pools will be rebuilt later this month
(November). 

We thought that the food was good at the Divi, but felt that the American
style buffet breakfast was more than we wanted to pay for @ $27.50 for two
folks. Instead we enjoyed a morning stroll along the harbor and ate at City
Cafe and The Lost Penguin, where they serve WONDERFUL tropical French toast
(with Belgium Chocolate sauce) for about $13 for both of us including our
hot beverages. We had great dinners at Casablanca, It Rains Fishes,
Zeezicht Seaside, The Old Inn, Ribs Factory. Pizza at the stand in the
marketplace downtown is disappointing as were luncheon hamburgers at
Casablanca. Dinner at Richards Seafood is over-rated (Frommers 2 star) and
over priced - avoid!

Ivan has washed away the sandy beaches exposing the underlying hardpan
sharp coral, mounded piles of dead coral along the shore and together these
conditions make shore diving entrances and exits along the southern half of
the lee coastline very challenging. Divers need to carefully select their
entry/exit points. (We hope Nature restores the beaches in a few months but
for now shore diving can be more than exciting.) Shore diving along the
downtown is fine and by the marina is very nice. And of course diving from
the various docks is just simplicity itself. We did not see large
creatures, other than tarpon which accompanied us at night darting in and
out of our dive light beams looking for prey. Very exciting! But we did see
several types of eels, including a golden moray, clouds of small fish and
the wonderful seahorses. 

Our low rating for new divers ONLY applies to the current shore diving
conditions. Other than the entry/exit problems we encountered, diving at
Bonaire is easy, relaxing and great fun for all levels of divers.
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