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Dive Review of Photo Tours/Happy Holiday Homes in
Bonaire

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Crosby, CO, USA
Report Number 1184
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Palau, Texas, Pohnpei, Guam, Australia, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
dry  
Seas
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions.  Almost all shore diving!  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Being shore based, facilities were usually back at our rental place for
film changes, battery changes, etc.  
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
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Currenlty, there is a lot of chatter about poor local response to
increasing crime.  Although we didn't experience any problems, we took the
usual precautions (nothing left in vehicle, windows rolled down, etc).  We
brought along a lock to lock the spare tire onto the car.  We expressed
concerns before we left to the car rental company (Budget), and their
answer was, if you are that concerned, then don't come!  Not exactly what
one wants to hear when expressing concerns.  

Once that was behind us, the diving was great! We had some minor problems
with Photo Tours (didn't want to take us to Town pier and their boat dives
left a bit to be desired), but the owner made amends to us later.  

Mel and Louise at Happy Holiday Tours were excellent, and I highly
recommend them to anyone travelling to Bonaire.  They provide on site
security at night, quality rooms, and now high speed internet access.  Use
them if you want to save lots of $$ and don't mind not being on the beach. 


If and when Bonaire starts working on solving their crime issues to make
tourists feel a bit safer, I will go back again and again!  Review up to
the minute issues at bonairetalk.com
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