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Dive Review of East Coast Diving Bonaire in

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bear Johnston, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5335
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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

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The diving on the East Coast is for the most part drift diving, so all
divers stay as a group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They use a hard bottom inflatable with no real place for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
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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