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Dive Review of Great Adventures/Harbour Village in
Bonaire

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Kelly, sc, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4197
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos,Fiji,  Bali,French  Polynesia, maui.palau,all  the  Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
 
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Haven't been to Bonaire in 10 years.  Prior to that I took the  family
every  year and  sometimes and some times twice a year but with college and
4 kids couldn't afford both Bonaire for 6 people and college for 4 kids. 
Ancient history ALM and Air Jamaica flew to Bonaire.  They arrived early
and departed at human friendly hours.If  you fly American airlines you have
to go to Puerto Rico.  American likes to fly out of Puerto Rico in a
"small" turboprop at 8pm arriving Bonaire 10 pm or on the return
American wants to leave in a small Turboprop from Bonaire at 5:30 AM
-WHAT!!!! Now delta has flights from Atlanta on Saturday only one day a
week.  If your scuba gear and clothes doesn't make the flight you'll get it
next Saturday on your departure from Bonarire.  My flight form Columbia
S.C. was canceled so I missed the Delta connection to Atlanta and then to
Bonaire.  Delta put me on American for 7:30 AM departure and arrived in
Bonarie at 10 pm  (Through Puerto Rico). of course everything is closed
when you get to Bonaire and through customs by 11 pm.A better option to get
to Bonaire is fly Delta or American Airlines to Aruba. I believe each
airline has two flights a day in a "big" jet and your scuba gear
will be on it.  On the turbo props sometimes your luggage will come the
next day because of weight .Once in Aruba fly Tiara Air (1-297-582-0901) of
DAE- Dutch Antillean Airline (1-297-588-1900).  you'll have to pick up your
luggage from delta or American in  Aruba and re-check on Tiara Air or DAE. 
this easily done and the flights are not expensive.  They fly daily and
instead of leaving Bonaire every  seventh day like Delta DOES(Saturday to
Saturday flight). you could spend a day or two extra and fly from  Aruba on
any day in a big jet.  Tiara Air is the National Airline for the Dutch
Antilles very Reliable.  The Aruba Airport information phoneline is
1-297-524-2424.  Stayed at the HARBOR VILLAGE.  This is our 3rd time there
the 2nd time was ten years ago.  when ever we go here we don't take the
kids.  Only "real" sandy beach in Bonaire.  Don't have
"Rip-Rap" or Boulders to go around. The old CLOSED Sunset Beach
Hotel has  a nice beach and soon to be rebuilt as condos in 2010.  For now
stay at the Harbor village and get a Beach front suite.  The hotel
restaurant La Balandra (closes at 10 PM) is excellent I had to come all
this way to get the best cheeseburger in Paradise.  Next to the hotel on
the Marina is Vespucci a Mediterranean restaurant and its excellent .About
a 100 yards walk from the hotel is Patagonia a steak restaurant and its
wonderful..  They beef comes form Venezuela or Columbia.  Rent cars from
Everts CAR Rentals always been honest with me! The hotel has a wreck off
the Beach and a wonderful Reef.  we spent 10 days and it was great.  I've
dove around the world (Palau, Galapagos, Fiji, Bali, etc.)And Bonaire is
still so nice to dive.  I'm glad milk doesn't just come on the island only
on Tuesday any more.  
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