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Dive Review of Toucan Divers/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

Toucan Divers/Plaza Resort, Nov, 2008,

by Joseph Stehn, NJ, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 4576.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving. Divemaster strongly suggested depth 110ft limit but was not enforced - really was not an issue due to the dive sites as most were 80-100 max anyway. Quickly assessed veteran divers vs. those that were newer or neeeded some watching and the divemaster acted accordingly.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Trip was Nov 15-22, 2008. Rained 5 of 7 days almost all day and downpours. Was my 5th trip to Bonaire and first trip that rain was ever an issue. Dive operation is first class. Nitrox setup (testing, etc) is one of the best I have seen - tester is intergrated into the pressure check gauge so you accomplished both in one very convenient operation. Tanks were always 3000+. Dive staff is first rate from both the management to the divemasters. Stayed at Plaza Resort for first time (have stayed at Captain Don's and Divi in the past). Rooms were extremely nice and modern. Dive shop (lockers)and shore diving are about 300 yards apart so unless you can find shop personnel to take your gear to the resort shore diving spot you have to carry it (but they would transport it for you if you found them). Tanks for shore diving are at the entry site so that is not an issue. The resort shore diving is not as convenient as Cpt Don's or Divi as they have no dock for entry - its stricly a walk in shore entry - not that this is a big deal but you must dodge the coral rocks on entry and doing a night dive walking in can be a challange. However, the staff went well out of their way to assist you with tanks, getting your gear moved etc if needed.
Wireless internet is available for a small fee but getting a signal in your room was just about impossible - had to be on your pourch or in the main building. With all the rain the week we were there that was a challenge in exposing your laptop to the elements.
Overall Plaza Resort is a well run, very friendly operation and the dive operation staff have a very positive attitude. Definitely would return to these operations.
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