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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort Bonaire in
Bonaire

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Gregory Kiyoi, CA, USA
Report Number 3044
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, Cayman, Florida, California,
Channel Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
On the boat dives the crew mentioned a 60 minute dive limit, which we often
exceeded and during our shore dives there were no limits.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
Comments
Rinse bucket on the boats and at the dive shop.  Most shore diving there
was nothing unless you brought fresh water with you.  This wasn't too much
of a problem, you just need to put your camera in the car or out of the sun
as you removed your gear or changed tanks.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The boat crews were not the most eager or helpful and some people did
require help and had to ask for it repeatedly.

The dive store/land portion was very accomodating, there were plenty of
nitrox tanks whenever we needed them.  Two analzyers were available right
at the tank area.  On the boats there was an analyzer on each boat.

The two crew members on the boat we had, Jackson and Sherman, would
"steal" the fruit juice that was given to them for the divers
every morning.  We didn't realize this until other members from our group
switched boats and asked where the juice was!

Jackson was very rude about tipping and using him for the pier dives as
well.

The diving was extremely EASY and we were able to get 30 dives in the 6
dive days we were there.  The house reef at the resort was very nice as was
Buddy's house reef as well.

We dove the East side (next to the nudiest resort) and besides the 1/2 mile
walk in knee high water, penetrating the surf break (of elkhorn and
staghorn coral) it was an awesome dive and saw over 100 3-5' Tarpon.  Well
worth the work, but this is only for advanced divers.

Red Slave was very disappointing - coral/fish wasn't too good there and we
didnt' see anything big there either.

White Slave is an awesome site and in the coral rubble on the way out there
were tons of small life to see.

The lake, Angel City, Alice in Wonderland, Aquarius, Salt city, The
Invisibles were also very nice.  We did several night dives at the Lake.

The salt pier was an excellent twilight dive, which we did right before we
did the town pier dive (at night).

Karpata was excellent along with Ol' blue, Oil Slick Leap, 1000 steps, . 
Two of our group had a battery stolen at Ol' Blue, so when we got there we
dove in "shifts" to avoid a similar incident.


Town pier was incredible and after 90 minute dive we headed in and saw a
14+ lb spiny lobster eating a fish carcass.

Casablanca and Cactus Blue were awesome restaurants worth a visit.

All in all it was a great trip and very easy for the novice diver, with a
lot to offer the advanced diver as well.
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