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Dive Review of Great Adventures Diving/Harbor Village in
Bonaire/Netherlands Antilles

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Elliott, CA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4527
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
in 2008: Dumaguete Philippines, Komodo and Lembeh Straits Indonesia.
Earlier years: GBR, PNG, Exhuma Is, PG in Philippines, Belize, Raja Ampat,
Monterey & Carmel, Wakatobi
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depending on other divers: 60~80 minutes, depth recommendations only
usually 60' max, could choose dive site. New divers were asked to follow
guides.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
No accommodations for photographers other that a clean but small rinse tank
on the boat. Large rinse tank at the dive shop but not always fresh water.
There is a secure table on their large boat to put cameras but no shade,
the small boat had nothing so it was on the deck.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
We go to Bonaire and stay at the Harbor Village because it is such a nice
resort and it is where we learned to dive - sentimental I know. The house
reef is pretty nice with a small wreck (El Confidance) and the entrance to
the harbor we sometimes never go anywhere else. Also there is a decent site
called "Something Special" just across the harbor that can be
reached if you ignore all the photo ops along the way. We have tried many
times only to find we got half way there and need to turn around. We would
do 90~100 minute dives easily, do an interval and return for more.

The dive operation is convenient and laid back which fits our dive style.
Assuming of coarse you get a room near the shop. Don't go there expecting
to be catered to although they do help move gear about a little. Nitrox
when the manager feels like fetching O2 tanks from the Town Pier. Aluminum
80's. Decent rental gear clean and maintained - although we bring our own I
have looked at it carefully and talked to other guests.

Food at the resort is pitiful except for lunch when they make a good
sandwich. But ah the food on the island more than makes up for it...
Capriccio's, Donna & Georgio's, Papaya Moon, and La Guernica to name a
few. Be prepared to fight the bulge.

Always a favorite is doing a bit of shore diving - we used to rent a pickup
and explore. Many have praised the ease of diving here so I won't say any
more than its the best value! However these days we choose boat diving
because of our photo & video gear which is heavy and difficult to carry
in/out of the shore break.

We have visited the other resorts like Captain Don's, Divi Divi, Sand
Dollar, The Plaza and talked to divers who stayed there. I guess I am
biased but from what I have seen/heard pick either Divi Divi or The Plaza.
One really good way is to rent a condo for a week or two then fill at
Captain Don's - apparently a good value. You rent a truck and get all the
dive sites, cheap fills, and eat at all the best restaurants. Still if we
were to return to Bonaire (we have been there 6 times) it would be to our
favorite resort.

These days though we go to Indonesia. The cost for airfare, the time it
takes, and the variety of life in Bonaire vs Indo and it is an easy pick -
go to Indo, we do! The Philippines is a great pick. But then again so is
Bali, Lembeh Straits, Komodo and Raja Ampat. Do the math, stay at least 2
weeks you will never be sorry.

Still we love Bonaire and have many friends there so will return someday.
If you want casual diving and great food go. 
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