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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort in
Bonaire

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Goodman, NJ, USA
Report Number 928
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Mandatory Marine Park orientation video & dive. Bonaire is known for
its shore diving. Park your rental pickup truck at one of the many dive
sites and dive at your leisure. No restrictions on depths or time.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 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  
Toucan Divers and the Plaza Resort offer a first class diving experience in
Bonaire. Our package included a dual cab pickup truck and unlimited air.
(Unlimited nitrox available at an additional charge.) 

Bonaire law requires a resort orientation which consisted of a video and
shore dive. Some folks in our orientation group were not aware that once
your bouyancy is confirmed you are free to complete the rest of your tank
as a regular dive with your buddy. It's well worth the time as the coral
and fish at the Plaza's dive site is quite nice.

Toucan is a 5 Star PADI facility. On this trip my wife and I completed the
Enriched Air Nitrox course. Our daughter completed the open water diver
class. We were all very satisfied with the instructors and facilities.

The best part of Bonaire is the shore diving. Buy the latest edition of
"Shore Diving Made Easy" to help select dive sites suitable to
your ability and interest. Load the tanks in your truck and go - day or
night. (The Town Pier dive requires a local dive master, the Salt Pier dive
requires the Harbor Master's permission.)

On this trip we really enjoyed Karpata, Andrea II, 1000 Steps and Hilma
Hooker. The visibility, quality of reef and abundance of life were all
good. We also enjoyed the boat diving on Klein Bonaire. We were
disappointed in our night dive to Salt Pier and with the visibility at
Margate Bay.

We did a night dive at the Plaza and were accompanied by a tarpon using our
lights to find supper. It would have freaked us out if we hadn't been
warned.

Aqua Kids for the younger set is highly recommended. The kids learn
snorkeling, fish identification, and respect for nature. My son's group had
the rare opportunity to see four sea turtles make their first trip to the
water!

Don't forget the insect repellant and cortizone cream. It's been wet lately
and the mosquitos are out and biting.
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