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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort, Sep, 2007,

by Tom & Lynn Hayes, FL, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 3674.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Australia, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet, one hour- loosely enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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

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
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Resort accomodations were nice, but showing some signs of age, although renovations were underway. Marine Park orientation was required, regardless of prior visits. Mandatory shore dive is also required, which is slightly less convenient since the dive shop is a fair distance from the beach/dock.

Boats tended to feel crowded with 12-16 divers and gear stations fairly close together, but since Bonaire is mainly shore diving it was tolerable. Rinse facilities were adequate, but storage was a little cramped, and the resort frowned upon taking any gear to the room for rinse/dry. Personnel in both the resort and the dive operation were very helpful and pleasant.

Fish life was plentiful. Plenty of turtles, morays and a number of seahorses. Never saw a lobster, crab or green moray as in previous visits. Other divers made the same comment. Very uncrowded shore dives (except for Hilma Hooker), and plenty of nitrox available at all times. Divemasters tried hard to locate critters if requested, or allowed us to wander on our own. Dive time was limited to one hour, but not enforced rigidly.

Bonaire is just a great place to get in a lot of dives, and Plaza Resort is one of the nicer places to stay- a little upscale from Buddy's. Toucan Diving is well equipped and helpful.
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