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Dive Review of divi dive/divi flamingo in
Bonaire

divi dive/divi flamingo, Aug, 2004,

by gary brown, tx, usa . Report 1692.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified] yucatan, cozumel, australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]divi dive would let the group descend together and go against the current to about 1400 psi and then drift back toward the boat.first dives of the the day were about 70 to 80 ft.succesive dives were of lesser depth.should be on the top at 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]the coral along the leeward side of bonaire is deversified and beautiful.it does not take a lot of depth to see the fantastic coral that bonaire has to offer.we usually seen the best coral in the 30 to 45 ft range.this is dry arid country with little rainfall providing great vis most all year long.the fish are of all colors in the rainbow spectrum.i was surprised to find great diving right off the resort dock.world famous town pier night diving is only about a mile from the resort.due to some security precautions this dive may not be available at all times.you should check with your dive operator as soon as you get to bonaire in order to get on a limited list of dive trips to this area.
now the bad,the theft problem in bonaire is horrific and needs to be addressed by the netherlands seriously.we had our radio stolen out of our dive truck at karpata dive site on the north west coast.we were shore diving at the site and only gone about 1 hour.needless to say we had to pay 210.00 for the radio before we could leave bonaire.after this event we heard of nightmare tales of theft all over the island involving tourist on vacation.be warned ,the locals will steal from your vehichles.you may hear some advice from dive opreators to not lock your doors and leave windows partially down so that the theives want break the windows out.thanks a lots, huh.it seems like a slap to be told we need to accomodate this den of thieves that are running rampant on bonaire.i filed a police report,but it took 2 hours after arriving at the police station.yes it seems they have no interest in doing anything about this problem in bonaire.some of the tourist i talked to said even though the thefts are daily none of it gets in the local paper. hmmmm i wonder why.
i wish i had known about the serious theft problem ,bonaire has before i left home.even though bonaire has some great diving i probally will not return to a place where the local authorities dont seem to give a damn about whats happening to the divers and bonaires source of revenue.
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