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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Tom & Lynn Hayes, FL, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 3674
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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