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Dive Review of Wannadive/Yacht Club Apts in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bob, VA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 1638
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Turk, Belize, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None--shore diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
I carried a party of 8 to Bonaire over March 23-30.  It was my second and
last trip due to the rampant theft.  Three years ago when my wife and I
came, we had heard about this problem and it was apparent then.  Most dive
sites, particularly the remote ones, were covered with car window glass
from break-ins.  If anything, the problem has gotten worse, and maybe more
dangerous.  On this trip, the four guys in our party had a face-off with
two cars of locals who followed us from Karpata to an unmarked site past
the Bopac terminals, and then to Rincon--obviously intent on stealing our

I discovered the "Bonaire Talk" website after I got back.  There,
I found that people in the Carib Inn, where we intended to stay, were
robbed while we were in Bonaire, but staying in the Yacht Club Apartments. 
Then I found that someone was robbed in the Yacht Club Apartments 10 days
before we got there.  It seems obvious that thieves are moving from the
easy car hits to rooms and, in our case in Rincon, audacity on the road. 
It is very hard for me to believe that the local authorities are helpless. 
It is much easier to believe that they are either involved or don't care
because the tourists will be gone in a few days.

I am going to do my best to spread my feelings around several dive-oriented
sites where I correspond.  I have plenty of other good sites to refer
people to without them being subjected to this mess.  I am also notifying
the U.S. State Department about the problem in hopes of having them issue a
cautionary note to U.S. tourists.

A poster on the Bonaire Talk site suggested that posting complaints might
alert someone on Bonaire that a tourist revolt could well result unless
something is done.  I am taking her suggestion.  At this point I would NOT
recommend Bonaire to anyone.
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