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Dive Review of Wanna Dive/Bellafonte Chateau de la Mer in

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Elaine Morse, MA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5149
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Grenada, St. Lucia, Florida, Tahiti,
Bahamas, Cozumel,St. Croix
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

no currents  
Water Temp
70   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
[None]We were not with a dive operation.  This is the third time that we
have gone to Bonaire for shore diving.  There has been several years
between each trip, and while four years ago I thought that the corals still
looked good, there has been quite a decline.  I was very disappointed. 
Still, you can't beat Bonaire for cheap diving.  We stayed at the
Bellafonte and walked next door to the Wanna Dive. We loved the Bellafonte.
Not only were the condos nice, but so was the management. The people at the
Wanna Dive were also very nice. One day there were no tanks availble, so we
had to drive to their shop north of town. We just went on North and dived
Witches Hut, which was pretty good and easy. Mainly we dived from the
Bellafonte.  We were windsurfing also, so we were sort of lazy divers. On
our last trip we dived from the Belmar, which is fairly close, and thought
it was great. While this reef is supposed to be protected we saw a number
of fishing boats trolling along it. Since there are no big fish, and since
it is supposed to be protected, this is disappointing. The best things were
seeing my first seahorse (with help from Wanna Dive) and huge schools of
either Bogas or Bigeye Scads (not sure which. Also saw a snake eel.  There
is a good variety of fish in Bonaire, although a night dive that we did was
terrible. There don't seem to be any crustaceans night or day. We did see
some turtles. Don't eat at The Ribs Factory. The Sunset Bar and Grill at
the Den Laman was good, but sit away from the beach because of sand fleas.
Will's is always good. We've loved Bonaire because we can windsurf and
dive, and because we can dive for about $130.00 for the entire week, but
since I love beautiful coral, I was truly disappointed on this trip. People
there mentioned the hurricane that hit the lee side of the island, which is
unusual for Bonaire, and there is some bleaching, but not a lot, so I'm not
sure why the decline. Still, when we save up enough frequent flyer miles, I
may want to go there again.
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