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Dive Review of Wannadive/Eden Beach in
Bonaire

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Ed Gross, TX, US
Report Number 976
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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