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Dive Review of WannaDive/Golden Reef Inn in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Russell Fairfield, NJ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3861
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Turks&Caicos, Cozumel, St.Croix, St. Martin, Belize, Aruba, Kona, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Respect the Marine Park rules, no gloves.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
We had trouble with our strobe and stumbled across Tim at FishEye Photo,
who was a huge help.  Ultimately he didn't have a compatible strobe for our
system and suggested the folks at Water Planet might be able to help us. 
Muriel at WaterPlanet LOANED me her Ikelite strobe for 3 days, and saved
our photo dives.  Took a 1/2 day class with Tim.  Well worth it and the
least we could do after all the time he spent troubleshooting with us!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
"Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy" is a great guide for dive
planning.  Like the Salt Pier dive better than the Town Pier night dive. 
Pod of 12-15 dolphins cruised by Alice in Wonderland, heard them before we
saw them.  Freedom of shore diving is awesome.  Grab your tanks and go
wherever you want.  The people are teh best as well.  The folks at Carib
Inn tweaked a misbehaving Mares Octo for nothing.  And I can't say enough
about how helpful Water Planet and FishEye Photo were (see UWP comments).
Awesome hard and soft corals, sponges, etc.  Lots of reef fish, but not
huge diversity.  Some bigger critters down south thanks to currents
probably.  Saw a great little frog fish at Witches hut, but no seahorses. 
Told another couple about the frog fish and they found him the next day. 
Wannadive tank process and storage at Eden Rock worked well.
We stayed in one of the Golden Reef Inn studios.  Comfortable, basic
accomodations.  We're low maintenance so it worked great for us.  Walked 2
blocks to the main Inn for breakfast with Giby each morning.  Enjoy his
company and ask questions, he will set you up.  His Tuesday dinner party is
one of the best deals going, if he has room.  Would stay with Golden Reef
again. Shouarma from the stand at the Sand Dollar market makes a great
lunch at great price.  Some folks mentioned high food prices. We asked dive
staff where they ate and got some great value recommendations.  Try Mi
Bananna, huge fish plate for $12-$15 with local flavor.
We will be going back.  Since you dive out of the back of your rental truck
not sure if its worth paying the diff for a waterfront resort??
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