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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort Bonaire in
Bonaire

Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort Bonaire, May, 2005,

by Jim Hanson, NY, USA . Report 1786.

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits not more than 100 ft and dive time 60 minutes but was handled liberal.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Toucan Diving staff was helpful, friendly and flexible. The operation was professional. Lockers and rinse tanks were available. You could pull up with the truck directly to the filling station to pick up fresh tanks and to (un)load your equipment. Hotel staff was also friendly and helpful. There was a leak in the room from above and it had to be evacuated. The move was completed within 45 minutes and an upgraded ocean view room.

The only negative moment on this trip: I was the last one in line to see a seahorse and take a picture of it. I was patiently waiting, finally approaching it as all out of a sudden I was pulled on my fins and pushed out of the way by another group of 3 divers. I did NOT touch anything. It turns out it was a dive master/guide with Captain Dons Habitat. That same person was noticed again through reckless driving a boat after we left the dive site. There was a pod of dolphins and divers from a third boat were snorkeling with them. He came with relatively high speed within a very few feet (2-3) of them. All you could see was panicking snorkelers raising their hands and trying to get away.
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