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Dive Review of Great Adventures/Harbour Village in
Bonaire

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Levine, FL, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4198
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos,Caymans(All3),Turks,Bahamas,Roatan,Cozumel,Hawaii,BVI
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour/ 100Ft.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
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
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
I give a 3 for overall rating because there is no photo shop or
professional on site. Water was infrequently changed in the camera rinse
tanks on land. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The Good
Beautiful resort, great rooms and restaurant. Service was good at the
resort, close to 4 star. Lloyd the bellman should be teaching classes to
the staff. Get the Beachfront premiere suite and ask for a lower level
unit. Easier to haul your gear and much more convenient to the beach and
pool areas. Food was great. Go to Guernica(good fish) and
Capriccios(excellent wines). La Balandra at the resort and Vespuccis are
great, Patagonia was good. Best Meal was at the Rose Inn in Rincon. Local
foods, great goat stew!
Diving was very good. We dived 3X/day with the resort boat. Great and
friendly Guides,Nollie, Malin, Alphonso, Sylvia and Leo. Knew where to go
and picked some great sites. The diving in Bonaire is excellent. Healthy
reefs and moderately clear water. Lots of life, but not much diversity from
site to site. After 4-5 days we did not see much that we hadn't seen
already. But, the diving was still great. Boat is large and comfortable.
Rarely did we have more than 8-10 divers. (there were 5 of us). 
The Bad
Nothing was bad. This resort is a 4 star and could be a 5 star resort with
just a little effort. I think some minor staff training, and more
personalized diving services like a valet diving system should be a given
for what a vacation costs there. Also an in house UW photographer would be
a big help. Flights to Bonaire from Fl stink! Long connections via American
and having to leave our hotel at 5:15AM to come home bites!
I wish I knew to book the Salt Pier prior to arriving and to book Larrys
for an east coast dive. Other than that all else was great.
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