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Dive Review of Sand Dollar Resort in
Bonaire

Sand Dollar Resort, Jul, 2007,

by Gary W Brown, KY, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3445.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Cabo, St. Martin, Utila, Salt Cay
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 85 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none - mostly unguided shore dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our second trip to the Sand Dollar Resort. We traveled with a small group from Mermet Springs Dive Shop in southern Illinois. The air temp was in the high 80's and water about the same. The shore diving is usually easy with little current. Some locations require a little caution when entering the water due to rocks. All the sites we visited were loaded with corals, fish and critters. We saw several turtles and lots of morays. My favorite dive sites were Karpata, Buena Vista, and Red Slave. We also did a day trip with Larry's wild side. It was a lot of fun, especially the white hole. The Sand Dollar is a comfortable place to stay and the included breakfast is very good. The dive shop is on site with a pier to enter the ocean. We had a rental truck and would recommend that you get on to see the island and access the shore sites. Try Casablanca, The City Cafe, and a host of other fine restaurants on the island. Driving is easy and nobody seems to be overly impatient with the tourists. We took the all night flight on Continental from Houston and arrived at 6am and were diving that afternoon.
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