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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort, May, 2008,

by Heidi Sheltry, VA, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4122.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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