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

Toucan Diving/Larry's Wild Side/Plaza Resort Bonaire, Jun, 2006,

by David Rosen, MO, USA . Report 2545.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour per dive, 500 PSI at the end of the dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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