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Dive Review of East Coast Diving Bonaire in
Bonaire/Eastside

East Coast Diving Bonaire, Nov, 2009,

by Bear Johnston, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5335.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, St. Martin, Hawaii, California, Florida, Tobago, Bonaire, Aruba,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The diving on the East Coast is for the most part drift diving, so all divers stay as a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They use a hard bottom inflatable with no real place for cameras.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This operation use to be Larry's Wildside Diving, but I guess Larry failed to make some payments, so it has a new owner and uses the same boat Larry had. They have teamed up with Buddy's Resort to help promote diving on east side of Bonaire. This is not a dive for beginners or anyone who might get seasick. For those who know Bonaire, they know the trade winds come from the east and the east side of Bonaire is very rough because of the wind. You board the boat in clam Lac Bay and suit up, tanks and fins in the bay. I even put my mask on so I could see. Entering the ocean from the bay is an adventure and you will need to hang on. No wonder they want you to put your gear on. The dive sites are a short ride after leaving the bay. There are a couple of moorings, but for most of the dive sites, the boat follows the divers.
We were told there would be spotted eagle rays and turtles and there were. I saw at least 6 rays and up to 8 turtles. We also found some friendly tarpons. Because of the wind chop, the shallows were quite surgey.
To enter the water, you did your basic backroll, but getting back on was easy. They deflate a section of the hull and put a ladder in and you climb aboard tanks and all. I would recomemd this dive for anyone who is experienced in rough conditions.
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