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Dive Review of Great Adventures/Harbour Village in
Bonaire

Great Adventures/Harbour Village, Jun, 2010,

by Gloria Kehoe, PA, US ( 2 reports). Report 5548.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes or 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A bucket for cameras was available.

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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 5th trip to Bonaire and each time we have stayed in Harbour Village. The accommodations are great as always and the beach is wonderful, especially if you have kids. Upon our arrival Bonaire was experiencing an algae bloom and the beach was covered with tiny dead shrimp in the morning but the staff did a great job in cleaning it by 8 AM. After a couple of days they were gone. The dive operation has undergone some changes in its personnel since our last visit 18 months ago but it was still very professional and well run. We dove strictly from the boat and mostly on Klein. I was told that Hurricane Omar did some damage to Karpata and Oil Slick but 1000 Steps was still intact and as beautiful as ever. One morning we did a drift dive from Just a Nice Dive to Jerry's Sponges and our dive guide, Alphonse found 5 seahorses and 4 frogfish. We also did another drift dive from Angel City to Alice in Wonderland which was also very beautiful and relaxed. While performing our safety stop we were lucky to encounter 6 reef squid that were just hovering around. All in all the diving on Bonaire was great. We were lucky to come across schools of dolphin on our way to our dive sites on two separate occasions. It's always a wonder to stand on the bow and watch them race the boat. The Salt and Town Piers are still off limits to diving but we did a couple of night dives to Something Special. On one of the dives we tied a light to the line that leads to the reef and came across a curious octopus on our way back. Very cool. We did not see any turtles or rays and the green moray's were scarce. I was told that many green morays died from some kind of bacteria but they were slowly coming back.
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