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Dive Review of Larry's Wildside Adventure's in
Bonaire

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Mazzurco, CA, USA
Report Number 1469
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

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

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This was our second trip to Bonaire, first one was April 2003.  We stayed
at Happy Holiday Homes....accommodations were as expected.  The space is
simply decorated and for the budget minded.  One nice thing was having an
internet connection in our room (for a daily or weekly fee), and while
internet service was intermittent, it was quite fast for the island. We
also chose this place as it boasted a BBQ, however the BBQ cost us a one
time charge and for some reason the briquettes never really got hot.  They
seemed to disintegrate quickly, like a piece of cotton. We consider
ourselves to be master BBQers back home and yet struggled with it each
time.  One drawback on the accommodations was that there was not a pool or
anywhere to sit in the afternoon sun to read a book.  Place was well set up
for rinsing and drying out dive gear each evening after the days dives were
done and had a small covered patio.  Our first trip we stayed at the Light
House Beach resort.  It was nice, but there were not any places large
enough to accommodate our group this time 'round as well as the fact that
there were no BBQs at LBR.  LBR does have a nice pool area.  They are in
the process of expanding and the LBR seems well kept.  

One thing we noted was that the marine life was quite sparse as compared to
our prior trip.  We talked to many local divers and dive shops and this is
attributed to the large quantities of rain the three weeks prior to our
trip and the effects of the hurricanes this season.  The freshwater run off
sends the fish further out to sea and pollutes the water.  This was a bit
of a bummer as we has two divers with us who were new to Bonaire and we had
raved about our prior experience.

Had the "best burger on the island" as it is known at the Lost
Penguin one afternoon toward the middle of our trip.  The owners there are
great as is the food.  We had many breakfasts and post dive lunches there 
After chatting with them about the island and where the  best dives were
these days they told us of a farely new dive operation on the windward side
of the island.....Larry's Wildside Adventures.  She even called Larry up
for us and booked a trip for the next morning.  

Larry, who has been on the island for about 5 years now, and his dive
guide, Martin, were great.  We met them at the dock the next morning.  They
were friendly, professional and helped us out loading and unloading our
gear.  They gave a full boat and dive briefing prior to leaving the dock
and on the way out to the site.  They were helpful in setting up gear.  One
thing we noted, after being on many dive boats (day trip and live aboard -
Palau Aggressor, Colona VI Thailand and many Truth Aquatics trips out of
Santa Barbara,CA) Larry runs a safe and tight ship, checking all of our
gear was in proper working order before we rolled out to dive.  Larry is an
experienced military seal and engineer and it shows.  His boat is custom
made by Zodiac and he helped to engineer it.  The boat, less than a year
old, is one of the best we have seen and has twin 225 Yamaha motors. 
Larry's inflatable is by far the most seaworthy on the island.  Due to the
fact that the coast guard is on Curacao, Larry assists the cost guard when
needed here in Bonaire.  One of the pontoon sausage portions deflates and
they put a nice ladder in making entry back into the boat quite easy,
especially in rougher seas.  Martin has two degrees in marine biology and
was helpful in pointing out marine life.  Once Larry knows your diving
abilities he will do custom trips for you and your dive group.

We had dinner at the Mona Lisa restaurant and bar.  They are open only
Monday - Friday.  The chef and staff were great.  We had a fabulous lobster
dinner and stayed for some drinks at the bar.  While nice for the island,
it is not a fancy place and was priced right for the quality of the food. 
Larry and Martin can be found many nights having a quick beer at the end of
the day here, along with many other locals.  If you are interested, it is
one of the few places that has Amstel on tap.  We would highly recommend
it!

Both times in visiting the island we got our air fills through The Plaza
Resort.  We found the staff to be helpful and friendly both times.  Also
the air fills were always at least 3000psi and usually more.  They offer
nitrox fills for an additional fee.  The cost is comparable to other
locations on the island and we were able to negotiate and great rate since
we were here for 10 days of diving and a larger group.  
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