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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Larry's Wild Side/Plaza Resort Bonaire in

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Rosen, MO, USA
Report Number 2545
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour per dive, 500 PSI at the end of the dive   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Each boat at Toucan had a dedicated tub for cameras, and had a dedicated
rinse tank at the shop.  No camera tables.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We dove 6 boat dives with Toucan and 2 with Larry's Wild Side.  Toucan took
us to interesting dive sites.  At each, we were given an hour's bottom
time.  A dive master went in with the divers, but you were allowed to do
your own dive without the dive master.  While there are few large fish, it
was like diving in an aquarium.  Clear water, heathly coral and tons of
smaller reef fish.  We saw many different eels, lots of spotted drum, a few
turtle and a spotted eagle ray.  We saw a bait ball on a shore dive, squid
and octopus.  This was wonderful, relaxed diving.
Larry's Wild Side is a different experience.  More surge and the water is
more turbid, but in return, you see larger fish and how the fish act in
water in motion.  From what we read about Larry, it sounded like the diving
would be a military operation.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 
Each of the rules Larry has are related your your safety in what can be
rough conditions.  Larry's fills were all over 3000 PSI and he requires
that you stay with his dive master so that he can make a safe pick-up at
the end of the dive.  I would dive with him again and recommend this dive
to everyone. 
Plaza Resort is a family friendly place in very good repair.  Rooms were
spacious and the food service good, but very slow.  The staff was uniformly
friendly and helpful.  The Resort is 5 minutes from town. 
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