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Dive Review of Toucan Divers/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph Stehn, NJ, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 4576
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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