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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Heidi Sheltry, VA, United States
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4122
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving

		
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
We did shore diving only.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  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
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
There was one "camera's only" rinse tank and it was alway kept
clean. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The resort staff was friendly and helpful.  The bartenders at the coconut
crash bar on the beach were also very nice and provided great service even
during happy hour when things were extremely busy.  The restaurants had
very slow service but the staff was friendly.  The best thing on the menu
was the pizza. We stayed in a junior suite room that had only a small
refridgerator but no microwave.  The room was very large and very plain. 
With the exception of one small picture on the wall their were not
decorations of any kind.  The room had two queen size beds, a glass dining
room style table with 4 chairs and a couch. The bathroom was also large and
had a huge tub and seperate shower.  The housekeeping staff did a good job
cleaning the inside of the room but never cleaned the outside patio. 
Because of this the furniture didn't look clean enough to sit on and the
floor was covered with bird droppings and sand.  We only did shore diving
on this trip.  All of the dive staff that we encountered were very friendly
and happy to help with anything you needed.  The dive gear locker was small
and cramped.  They had several rinse tanks and all were cleaned on a
regular basis.  Shore diving from the Plaza Resorts two entry points was a
bit of a chore.  The dive shop had only one cart (no kidding)to carry gear
from the dive lockers at the very front of the resort to the two dive entry
points located at the back of the resort.  If you could not find the cart
(often the case) then you either had to lug your gear a very long distance
or try to find someone from the dive staff to take your gear in their
truck.  We found this extremely annoying and often spent a 1/2 hour or more
trying to get our gear from one place to another.  The dive sites at each
of the two entry points were very nice.  Entry was easy and each location
had a fresh water shower and rinse tank that was cleaned on a regular
basis. We saw lots of small fish, an Octo out in the day time and one
seahorse.  There were even a few large tarpon and parrott fish.  There was
a brownish alge on every reef we dove which was something we had not see on
our two previous trips to bonaire. We read in the local newspaper that this
is being caused by raw sewerage being dumped into the ocean.     
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