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Dive Review of Toucan Divers/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Mary Johnson, CA, USA
Report Number 2478
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Tahiti, Big Island, Monterey CA., Cayman Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
1500 PSI Dive Turnaround  
Liveaboard?
no 
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
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Just "kitchen bucket" for rinse tank. Dive Masters not interested
in finding or pointing out
any sea life. It was swim, swim swim and turn around - until I hooked up
with 6 other photographers on this trip who emphasized to the dive master
that we wanted to "poke and round, stop, look, and take
pictures." As a relatively new underwater photographer getting some
nice shots speaks well for the wealth of options given the limited
accomodation for photography.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I wish I had known that the whole Island "shut down" due to
holidays for 3 days! Sat., Sun., Mon, making purchasing any food etc.,
except at resort restauants impractical! Restaurants were fair to middling.
 Had I not brought trail bars and dried fruit from home, I would have been
hard pressed to make the early call for diving (8:15) with sufficient
nourishment! The Plaza is a beautiful resort, beautiful grounds, extensive
property, with dive shop as an "add on".  Shop is run well, but
my personal experience was rough as a single older female diver, due to
having to shlep my gear from the lockers to the boat, set it up, change it
myself if two tanks, and haul it back off the boat to rinse tanks and
lockers.
Not even a mask de-fogger was offered on the boat. 
The diving on Bonaire is uniformly beautiful, without stressful water
conditions such as currents, cool water, limited visibility etc. with which
to contend.  The most disappointing was the apparent disengagement of the
dive masters, who were civil, but did not seem
eager to share the beauty of this region. A snorkel trip aboard a catamaran
highlighted the difference.  The guide found something "exciting"
every few yards!
If I return to the Island, I will definitely book at a different facility.
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