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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort in

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin, TN, USA
Report Number 1092
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Curacao, Turks and Caicos.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Loose resrictions. 100 ft depth 1st dive, 60 ft 2nd dive. Group return
after 1st person hits 1500 psi. We could remain diving reefs near the boat
until our our air was spent. Most of my dives exceeded 60 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Very friendly locals. The people reminded me of how Grand Cayman was 20
years ago. My decision to stay at Plaza Resort is mostly to satisfy my
wifes (non diver) likes for a nice beach, A/C and cable TV. The Plaza
Resort is probably the largest on the island. It also might be the most
over rated. If you dont need a large beach, consider staying somewhere
else. The rooms are huge and very clean. Decor is basic and limited. We
stayed on the 2nd floor (top) and our ceiling leaked in  five places during
a couple of afternoon rain showers. The landscaping around the resort was
lacking. Bird droppings covered walkways under tree over hangs. I expected
alot more from this resort based on the rates I was paying. I might stay
here again if the rates were about 25% less. 
Toucan Diving is locted at the Plaza Resort property. Convenient walk from
my room to the dive operation.The operation is very professional and
accomidating. They cater to all diving. Rental BC's and other gear looked
new (I have my own). They provide lockers and keys for gear storage. They
have four very clean and well maintained dive boats. Twelve divers max on
these approx 30 ft boats. Never felt crowded. Rinse tanks on all the boats.
Divemaster and captains very knowledgeable and go out of thier way to
please all. Tank fills are generous at approx 3200psi/80's. Crew
accomidated dive site requests.  Loose dive restrictions. Recommend
reserving before making your trip. Boats can be full even in May. I had to
dive with different operation one day due to being booked. I highly
recommend Toucan Diving. I definatly would dive with this operation again.

The reefs are beautiful and seem to run forever. Most everything you have
read about diving Bonaire is true. I will just mention a couple dive sites
I liked best. "Karpata" and "1000 Steps. Both sites are
similar. Soft and hard coral of every description. Colors abound with 
schools of small fish. Blue chromis and tangs. Frequent sitings of french
and queen angels (my favorites). Several visits by loggerhead turtles.
Spotted morey's and trunk fish. I watched a gold spotted eel rummaging
through rocks looking for his next meal. The list goes on and on. Bonaire
has over 85 dive sites. I dove sixteen of them and they were spectacular.

Dinner anyone? Try the following restaurants 10-20 minute walk of Plaza
Resort. "Richards" for seaside dinning. Ate there twice and loved
the fresh catch of the day each time. Table clothes and very reasonable
prices. "Chibi Chibi" located at Divi Flamingo resort. Again we
ate there twice. Sorry but the fresh catch wins again.  The fresh El Dorado
mmmmm. I have never eaten better sea food than in Bonaire. This was also
seaside dining. Watch the sun setting and night  divers lights below the
surface in the near distance. Best steaks are at "Casablancas".
Don't ask questions, just go. Thick cut Argentina beef and more. You won't
be disappointed. Consider reservations even in May.     
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