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Dive Review of Photo Tours/Happy Holiday Homes in
Bonaire

Photo Tours/Happy Holiday Homes, Mar, 2003,

by Frank Crosby, CO, USA . Report 1184.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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