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Dive Review of WannaDive/Yacht Club Apartments in
Bonaire

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Sandra Tullis, ca, usa
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Report Number 612
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Did a liveaboard in Belize and other land based trips to Hawaii and
Bonaire
Live and dive in Monterey
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
only restriction was a 45min time limit on Town Pier dive and 1 hour time
limit on boat dives. We did mostly unguided shore dives and had many dive
times over one hour.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
We rented a DX3000 digital camera from Fisheye photo at the Sand Dollar
resort, on the recommendation of WannaDive.  Their service was excellent. 
They switched the cards and batteries out daily after 80 pictures and
cleaned up the camera. This was important as we were doing unguided shore
dives so we did not have the luxury of rinsing after every dive. At the end
of the trip they burned 300 pics onto a CD rom for us and saved the pics
for 5 more days in case we had a problem with the CD when we got home.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We took Air Jamaica this time and avoided ALM/DCA nightmares we experienced
last trip.  AJ has packed in some more seats in the LA to Montego flight so
leg room is more cramped than usual. The food was rather poor and my
luggage arrived damaged, but all the flights were on time.  Jamaica
boarding for connections is a cattle call and you cannot understand the
intercom, so stay alert for your connections.
Yacht Club apartments was very close to the dive op and the 1 bedroom we
rented was roomy and comfortable and had a safe and cable TV. We saved
money on food by preparing out own breakfasts and lunches in the kitchen.
The A/C is only in the bedroom so the other rooms can get stuffy.  There is
a locked place to rinse and store gear near the office, but it is not well
ventilated so wetsuits do not dry.  They reeked by the end of the week.
Linens were changed twice during the week we were there.
We were certified with WannaDive two years ago and it was great to go back
as a more advanced diver this time. They set us up with Nitrox for the
week. Wannadive does not pump it there but the owner, Bart, very good about
getting the fills for us at 33% and having a tanks available for drive
through pickup whenever we wanted.  The testing for the tanks was done for
us by Bonaire Dive Adventures where the Nitrox was pumped, because
Wannadive's O2 tester was not working well. 
We did a dive on the East side with DM Paul, and saw a school of huge
Tarpon, a 2 foot long parrot fish and an eagle ray. There was some current
on that dive, but nothing that made us uneasy and Paul did a great dive
briefing. We also did some dive sites to the south that Paul told us about
that were not on the map.  The fish life was amazing, and we noted hundreds
of grunts and chromis. We saw more eels than any other place we have been.
There is some old coral damage from Lenny, but the formations were still
impressive at most sites. There was a recent fishing trawler wreck near the
Harbor View Marina that we were able to access via a short swim from
WannaDive's Eden beach location. It sits in 50ft of water and looks like it
is waiting for passengers to board, except for the huge hole where they
dropped a crane through the deck and sank the boat! The currents along that
part of the shore are strong in the afternoon so there was some hard
swimming involved in this dive.
We are vegetarians and had no problem finding plenty of good things to eat
at local restaurants, including City Cafe, Garden City, Donna &
Georgio, Pasa bon Pizza and Old Inn. Most dinners run between 40 and 60$
for two including drinks, appetizer, entree and a shared dessert.  Service
is at a more relaxed pace, so be prepared to have time for more than one
pre-dinner cocktail! 
We rented a double cab pickup from Total Car rental and had no problems,
other than a very slow onsite rental process. They need to organize/reduce
their paperwork for those with advanced reservations.  
Bonaire is a great place to dive no matter what your certification level!
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