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Bonaire Dive & Adventure/ Sand Dollar Condominium Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Sand Dollar is a wonderful place - quiet, peaceful, with incredible oceanfront views right from our balcony and bedroom. The cond... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2005   Diane Amos
100+ Dives
 
andre Nahr's/ sanddollar condo-hotel Full report N   [N/A]   the bad was always with the traveling to and from the island (always the air flights- - ALM- Air Aruba- American Airlines). Now flying... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2005   irwin spector
250+ Dives
 
Larry's Wildside , Wannadive/ Golden Reef Inn Full report N     Getting to Bonaire is a day- long trip each way but worth it. We flew through Aruba, got to meet some other interesting divers at t... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2005   James Reilly and Fran Klass
250+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/Larry's Wild Side/ Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   We dove 6 boat dives with Toucan and 2 with Larry's Wild Side. Toucan took us to interesting dive sites. At each, we were given ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2006   David Rosen
500+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive and Adventures/ Sand Dollar Full report N   [N/A]   The week was fantastic. We just did the shore diving. Every dive was first rate and were never disappointed. Alice in Wonderland, ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2006   GORDON MATULONIS
100+ Dives
 
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Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   I wish I had known that the whole Island "shut down" due to holidays for 3 days! Sat. , Sun. , Mon, making purchasing any food etc. , ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
4/2006   Mary Johnson
250+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   This is our 5th trip to Bonaire in 15 years and we've always stayed at Don's. Compared to previous years, the resort itself is ab... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
5/2006   Joel Snyder
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Belmar Apartments Full report N   [N/A]   This is my 4th time to Bonaire, but first time at the Belmar apartments. Previously, the only time we've been bothered by bugs was... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
1/2006   Irv Kaplan
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Sun Oceanfront Apts Full report N   [N/A]   The shore diving, obviously, is what drives the diving style on Bonaire. Divers must have thich- soled booties for the sharp, hard ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2006   Bill and Donna Goodwin
1000+ Dives
 
Wannadive Bonaire/ Eden Beach Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Eden Beach Resort - very nice facilities, great beach bar (Bongos), and fantastic dive shop (Wannadive Bonaire). I used the city ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2005   Rebecca Hauser
<100 Dives
 
1 Full report N   [N/A]   ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2005   Junny
<100 Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   Typical Bonaire dive conditions - easy access to easy sites, short boat rides, nice diving, lots of little critters. Typical dive ... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
12/2005   ken
250+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   Kalendjik   True natives not all that friendly but translplants were extremely nice. Case in point, owner of Chat 'n Browse (from Connecticutt... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2005   Rindy and Janet Clayton
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Air travel to/ from Bonaire is getting increasingly difficult. There's long waits in PR when you transit that airport. North side... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
3/2005   David L. Bader
1000+ Dives
 
Toucan Dive/ Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   Ours was a package including room for two, truck for the week, unlimited shore diving and 12 boat dives. I continue to be unsure ... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2005   Paul Schmieder
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   The advertised internet service is provided by an outside vender. My computer had an Airport Card for wirlless service, so all I n... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
6/2005   Carole Mouton
250+ Dives
 
Divi Divers/ Divi Flamingo and The Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This was my husband and I first trip to Bonaire. We went w/ Shark Riders Scuba Tour's. We have done a trip w/ Sharkriders before and... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2005   Jill Caple
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The Good: The diving. There was complete freedom to dive when and where you wanted. The reef off the resort was quite nice. We... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2005   Marjorie Griffing
100+ Dives
 
Carib Inn Full report N   [N/A]   We started going to Bonaire in 2001 and have gone every year since and this year was our fifth. We even booked our 2006 room whil... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2005   Doug & Nancy Dellisanti
250+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   Planning this trip through the resort's North American reservations agent, Maduro Travel, Inc. , was not without its problems. It ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
7/2005   Mark Kimmey
500+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The Plaza resort is probably the most upscale resort on Bonaire, yet the prices were reasonable and they offered a tremendous amou... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
8/2005   William & Frances Ungerman
500+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   We had a great time. The dive staff was wonderful all the way down the line. We would go back. ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2004   Mark Smith
<100 Dives
 
Capt. Don's Habitat/ Happy Holiday Homes Bungalows Full report N   [N/A]   [Bonaire has a reputation for being the shore dive capital of the world and for good reason. However getting there these days is... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2005   Dave Bridenbaugh
250+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   This was our 5th trip to Bonaire, all at Divi Flamingo and with Divi Dive Bonaire. The food at the resort is superb at breakfast a... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
11/2005   Tripp Jones
500+ Dives
 
Photo Tours Divers/ Ocean View Villas Full report N   [N/A]   Photo Tours Divers ( [. . . ] ): The classic Bonaire arrangement- - unlimited shore diving for a flat daily fee, two- tank... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2005   Robert and Rhonda Fleming
100+ Dives
 
Pam Cote Full report N   [N/A]   We have been to Bonaire 5 times. This time we had the priviledge to dive with Bas ( you can get details about him on the Bonaire... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
7/2005   Pam Cote
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N     Pack light, quick dry stuff, only a dive skin or . 5mm (no sea lice encountered). Water shoes/ booties a must for sharp coral. Ca... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2005   Diane Kipp
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our first trip to Bonaire. I searched the internet and "Trip Advisor" for comments on where to stay. Buddy Dive seemed ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2005   Colleen Kabat
100+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   The Toucan Diving staff was helpful, friendly and flexible. The operation was professional. Lockers and rinse tanks were available... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2005   Jim Hanson
250+ Dives
 
Larry's Wildside Diving/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   Diving with Larry is just old fashion fun. The boat ride itself is like an adventure ride at a theme park and the diving was simpl... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
7/2005   Jim Reilly and Fran Klass
100+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   Spectacular shore diving (duh!) Corals are healthy and breathtaking! The marine park fee was raised 4/ 1/ 05 from $10 per diver to a... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2005   R E and Carol A Thompson
250+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive Adventure/ Sand Dollar Condominiums Full report N   [N/A]   The Sand Dollar complex is getting old, but is still comfortable. It is noticeably more run down then Captain Don's complex immed... Full report  
2 stars
5 stars  
2/2005   Dean Knudson
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   We did 18 shore dives and 6 boat dives in 7 days. Wind reversal allowed diving at Wilemstoren Lighthouse, unaffected by 2004 hurr... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2005   Robert Banker
100+ Dives
 
divi dive/ divi flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   the coral along the leeward side of bonaire is deversified and beautiful. it does not take a lot of depth to see the fantasti... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2004   gary brown
<100 Dives
 
Wannadive/ Yacht Club Apts Full report N   [N/A]   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 whe... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
3/2005   Bob
500+ Dives
 
Capt Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   The dive crews and boat captains were great, as well as the staff. Packed WAY to many clothes! All you need is a couple pair of sh... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2004   Bill Hitch
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The good: The diving. We saw turtles on most dives, frog fish, sea horses, octopi, scorpion fish, a trunk fish that changed colo... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
3/2005   Marjorie
100+ Dives
 
Bon Binis Full report N   [N/A]   Overall impressions of Bonaire: Plusses: · Convenience (can basically roll out your condo door into the ocean and swim 30 ya... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
1/2004   Mort Rolleston
<100 Dives
 
Larry's Wildside Adventure's/ Happyholiday's Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Bonaire, first one was April 2003. We stayed at Happy Holiday Homes. . . . accommodations were as expecte... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
12/2004   Gary Mazzurco
500+ Dives
 
Larry's Wildside Adventure's Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Bonaire, first one was April 2003. We stayed at Happy Holiday Homes. . . . accommodations were as expecte... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2003   Gary Mazzurco
<100 Dives
 
Larry's Wildside Adventure's Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Bonaire, first one was April 2003. We stayed at Happy Holiday Homes. . . . accommodations were as expecte... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2003   Gary Mazzurco
<100 Dives
 
Larry's Wildside Adventure's Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Bonaire, first one was April 2003. We stayed at Happy Holiday Homes. . . . accommodations were as expecte... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2003   Gary Mazzurco
<100 Dives
 
Capt. Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   We always have a great time in Bonaire. Were a little worried about the damage by recent hurricanes. The preliminary reports from ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
9/2004   Dave Bridenbaugh
100+ Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Windsock Full report N   [N/A]   [My Dive buddy and I(My buddy's 43 and I am 44 years old) had bad intel for the trip, did not do enough research via web or other. ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2004   Trevor Cramer
<100 Dives
 
Divi dive/ Div Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   We stayed at the Divi Flamingo October 30 to November 6. Check- in was fast and smooth, although initially we were assigned a room ... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
11/2004   Jim Reilly and Fran Klass
100+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo/Larrys Wildside Full report N   [N/A]   The diving in Bonaire was just great. We saw lots of vibrant corals and large numbers of tropical fish. The water was in the 80, ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2004   Judy Flagg
250+ Dives
 
Larry's Wild Side Diving Full report N   [N/A]   Larry, a former dive master on Bonaire, has opened a very exciting dive operation, making boat diving to the east coast of Bonaire... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
10/2004   Dawn Steedman
100+ Dives
 
Capt. Dons Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   A very fun trip. Capt. Dons Habitats' slogan is diving freedom. Was as advertised. Staff was great, tanks plentiful. nice set up ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2004   Joe Mellino
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Our 4th visit to Buddy Dive Resort in the past 3 years. We make Bonaire and Buddys an annual pilgrimage. Resort staff are friend... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2004   James & Linda Dyer
250+ Dives
 
Bon Bini Divers/ Ocean View Villas Full report N   [N/A]   Quick little trip to Bonaire hit the spot - - relaxation, no timetables. Tim, one of the owners of Ocean View Villas was waiting fo... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
5/2004   Marc & Maureen Duggan
<100 Dives
 
Bon Bini/ Lion's Dive Full report N   [N/A]   My experience with American Airlines (Miami/ San Jaun/ Bonaire itinerary) makes me long for the days of ALM. Late flights, cancelled... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
8/2004   Clay Coleman
500+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive & Adventure/ Sand Dollar Full report N   [N/A]   7/ 28 8/ 4/ 2004 Air Jamaica flight originally scheduled for 8: 20 AM took off at 12: 20 PM. Eventually the 6 made it to Bonaire on... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
7/2004   Jacki Briggs
<100 Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Happy Holiday Homes Full report Y   [N/A]   Currenlty, there is a lot of chatter about poor local response to increasing crime. Although we didn't experience any problems, w... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2003   Frank Crosby
250+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive and Adventure/ Sabd Dollar Full report N   [N/A]   I was impressed with the dive operation. They did a good job, and had helpful and well qualified staff. ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Janet Sitchin
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The Bad: Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) was terrible and cost us a day and a half of diving due to passenger delays and even longe... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   George Wilkens
<100 Dives
 
Bruce Bowkers Carib Inn/ I dove only Full report N   [N/A]   I dove with Bruce Bowker one day. I had been diving with Toucan Diving but, they were over booked this day. I'm glad because it ga... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Kevin
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Very friendly locals. The people reminded me of how Grand Cayman was 20 years ago. My decision to stay at Plaza Resort is mostly t... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Kevin
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Although the underwater sites were more than satisfactory, the dive crews and operation left much to be desired. The equipment ro... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
4/2004   Ed Boyer
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Overall, the resort is very nice. As a group of nineteen, we stayed in several three- bedroom "apartments". All of the bedrooms are... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Marsha Stout
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   First trip to Bonaire, will come back. Really enjoyed the shore diving. No crowds, take as many tanks as needed. Town Pier nig... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2003   Mike Hill
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   This is a follow up to my original posting. After having our villa broken into in the middle of the night and being robbed of came... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2004   Bruce Weiner, DDS
250+ Dives
 
Wannadive/ Eden Beach Full report N   [N/A]   Good diving. Diving is easy if no currents, can be challenging if any currents, especially entries/ exits. Some sites are almost i... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
9/2003   Ed Gross
100+ Dives
 
Toucan Divers/ Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   The diving was pleasant and relaxing. Unfortunately our villa was broken into in the middle of the night while we were sleeping an... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2004   Bruce
250+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Toucan Divers and the Plaza Resort offer a first class diving experience in Bonaire. Our package included a dual cab pickup truck ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2004   Mark Goodman
<100 Dives
 
Buddy's Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Our first trip to Bonaire. Hard to imagine that any operation can be any more accomodating to serious divers than Buddy's Dive Res... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
12/2003   Michael Ewing
<100 Dives
 
Carib Inn Full report N   [N/A]   We arranged to rent the house at the Carib Inn. We thought it was waterfront. It is not but from a deck you can see the water. It... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
12/2003   M. Davis
100+ Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Sorobon Beach Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This is a relatively undiscovered and undeveloped island for the general tourist trade. Virtually all the tourists are divers wit... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2003   Pat Aderman
100+ Dives
 
Harbour Village Full report N   [N/A]   Flew down via American for two days Nitrox diving. Resort enforces an orientation dive which took up precious time - not all ops ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2003   Ezra Lunde
<100 Dives
 
Divi Divers/ Divi Flamingo Full report N   [N/A]   This was our first trip to Bonaire. We flew Air Jamaica and were pleased with the flight, although the days of post 9- 11 empty sea... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2003   James Reilly and Fran Klass
100+ Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Hamlet Oasis Full report N   [N/A]   This was our fifth trip to Bonaire, and it was delightful, as usual. The diving was superb. We made 25 dives over 8 days. We spok... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2003   Bob & Carolyn Smith
100+ Dives
 
Toucan/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   1The resort was located in a beautiful area- although the grounds were unkept. I wouldn't spend the extra money on a grand suite b... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2003   Pete Lemme
100+ Dives
 
Toucan/ Plaza Resort Full report N   [N/A]   1The resort was located in a beautiful area- although the grounds were unkept. I wouldn't spend the extra money on a grand suite b... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2003   Pete Lemme
100+ Dives
 
Capt. Don's Habitat Full report N   [N/A]   We were prepared to spend some time touring the island. Was something that could have been done easily in a day. Not much to see. ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
9/2003   Dave Bridenbaugh
<100 Dives
 
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