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Dive Review of Shore Diving Only/Golden Reef Inn in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jerri, TX, USA
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Report Number 3066
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Cozumel, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The Flight:  Redeye out of Houston is great. Upon arrival we were greeted
by GRI employee and taken to the hotel for a few hours rest provided by the
early check-in (which we really appreciated!)

The Hotel:  Golden Reef Inn is a good choice for the budget minded diver.
Plenty of towels, units were spotless when we checked in, and management
was very helpful.  Unfortunately, our A/C didn't work for most of the week
but we were accorded a partial refund which made the warm afternoon naps
less odious!

The Dining:  Bought some groceries at Cultimara, but really didn't do much
cooking. Had brought snack foods (jerky, nuts, granola, honey & Pb,
etc) from home so we mostly ate out at the recommended restaurants. Were
aware of "island time" through Bonaire Talk so didn't mind the
long waits for dining service.

The Diving:  Viz was not what we had expected, photography suffered for it
but it was great not running into boat loads of divers at every site. We
dove the far northern sites, Lac Cai, Red Slave and  the double reef sites.
Recommend Hilma as a night dive, we had it to ourselves. Also took a trip
with Larry's Wildside, saw the promised tarpon, turtles and eels, also 2
eagle rays at a distance. But didn't see the quantity of larger fish we
expected, perhaps the wrong time of year.

Summary: The cleanliness of the island and the friendliness of the people
was impressive and added a lot to our stay. We enjoyed Bonaire, but
probably won't be going back.....too much work involved in all the lugging
and changing out of tanks and lots of shore entries. Liveaboards more aptly
fit our diving preferences.
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