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Dive Review of Wannadive/Eden Beach in
Bonaire

Wannadive/Eden Beach, Sep, 2003,

by Ed Gross, TX, US . Report 976.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawaii, Saba, Cozumel, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Some dive sites closed for research/restoration
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 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 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Wanna Dive dive shops at Eden Beach and downtown had separate tank for cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Good diving. Diving is easy if no currents, can be challenging if any currents, especially entries/exits. Some sites are almost impossible to get in/out without falling/tripping/stumbling.

No really exciting large life, mostly small stuff seen in rest of Caribbean. Large tarpons and snooks are the exception. Reefs in great health, but lack the color of reefs in north Caribbean (Cozumel, Saba). Some big schools of dolphins, especially around Klein Bonaire. A few interesting wrecks very accessable.

All diving is done from shore, worthwhile to rent a pickup truck to get to sites all over island. Convenient to dive when/where you want. Somewhat inconvenient that petty theft is a problem on the island, and stuff will be removed from your truck. Rental companies ask that you don't lock the trucks and that you keep the windows rolled down - prevents damage to the truck when stealing stuff. (we had food removed a couple of times). Didn't feel comfortable keeping a change of clothes or other conveniences in the truck - so we lost some time each day returning to the hotel to get the conveniences.

Some nice restaurants, enjoyed eating out. The restaurant/bar at Eden Beach had great food. Skip the National Park on the north end of the island unless you want to spend 1/2 day 4 wheeling (some awesome sights at the Park, but it's a grueling drive).

If you're up for a deco dive, the Wind Jammer wreck near Bopac is pretty good. Hans at the dive shop towards the north side (can't remember the name of the shop, but its next to the only bar we found with Guiness on tap) has a good dive plan for the wreck. Top of wreck is about 175 ft. Classic 3 mast ship in pretty good shape. Recommend doing the dive on a calm day, it does require some swimming to get to the wreck.

Wannadive staff friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
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