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Dive Friends Bonaire/ Private Home Full report       We rented a privately owned condo from Dec. 10, 2011- Jan. 7, 2012 (4 weeks) on the water at Lighthouse Beach Resort. The only amen... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2012   Peter and Mary Pinkerton
500+ Dives
 
Divi Full report       Had we known, we would skip the meals included package, service was horribly slow at lunch & dinner. Short walk into town for man... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   Peter Golitzen
250+ Dives
 
Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Full report LiveAboard     The diving at Divi/ Dive Bonaire is outstanding. Both my wife and I need help due to age and infirmatives while entering and exiti... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2007   Phil Hampton
1000+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report       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
 
Wannadive Bonaire/ Eden Beach Resort Full report       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
 
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VIP diving/ Carib Inn Full report       "Another wonderful trip to Bonaire!!"
We have been to Bonaire over thirty times now and obviously we love it. We rent a truck and only shore dive and have managed to f... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2019   ReefEyes
1000+ Dives
Photos available 
Dive Friends Bonaire Full report       "Great Staff and friendly as well"
Dive friends Bonaire was a delight to do business with. They now have multiple locations on the island making tank swapping very ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2019   Reza Gorji
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Divi Flamingo Beach Full report       This is a comfortable resort with a good dive shop and staff. Only one boat dive we had an overloaded boat, 19 divers. Rest of t... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
4/2003   Rich Gettmann
250+ Dives
 
Dive Friends Bonaire/ Sand Dollar Condo.s Full report   Sand Dollar Condo.s   "8-Day 30-Dive (all shore) Dive Friends/Sand Dollar Condo.s Trip"
Traveled alone for a solo shore diving trip. Corresponded with varied resorts via e- mail for an 8- day single traveler, Sat. - Sun. ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2019   Richard J Lunsford Jr
250+ Dives
Photos available 
Bon Bini/ Lions Dive Full report       The Trip. The park- and- fly arrangement with the Holiday Inn at BWI airport was more hassle than it was worth. You spend a night ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2003   Richard R. Sziede
100+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Full report       "Good Diving"
This was our first trip to Bonaire. Some of the easiest diving we have done. Dive sites are no more than 20 minutes out at the lon... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2016   richard s mcgowan
250+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo       "An enjoyable week of diving"
This was my third trip to Dive Flamingo Bonaire, and the first since Covid. I was pleased to see a divemaster who I remembered fro... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
12/2023   Richard Schifreen
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Dive Friends Bonaire/ Condo       "8th Trip"
Our 8th trip to Bonaire and the first with our 13YO daughter and our first two- week trip (and my first report). Ran into issues ge... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2021   Richard White
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Bonaire Dive & Adventure/ Sand Dollar Condos Full report       My second trip to Bonaire in as many years. We were quite happy with the dive shop and condos so we repeated. Sand Dollar had a ... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
5/2009   Rick Bates
1000+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive & Adventure/ Sand Dollar Resort Full report       We flew from Toronto to Newark in the afternoon, and then the Continental overnight to Bonaire. Customs and baggage pick up all s... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
11/2007   Rick Bates
1000+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo       "Bonaire "
The dive operator didn't honor our contract. The first day I was supposed to have 3 tanks on a dive boat. I was told the first d... Full report  
1 stars
1 stars  
6/2023   Rick Dayan
1000+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Full report       Good: Interesting shore diving right off the pier at the resort and elsewhere all over the island. Excellent dive pier with locker... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
4/2007   Rick Tavan
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report   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
 
Photo Tours Divers/ Ocean View Villas Full report       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
 
Buddy Dive Full report       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
 
Belmar Bonaire Full report       "A Nice Way to Spend the Week"
Visibility was less than expected. This could be due to consistently high winds blowing dry coral dust into the water. Winds also ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2015   Robert Hanson
1000+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive and Adventure/ Sand Dollar Resort Full report       sand dollar resort and dan leman apartments have direct access to bari reef via a nice little pier. it is all w/ in walking distanc... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2008   robert knourek
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report       Captain Donís Habitat March 2010 This was my second time on Bonaire and to tell the truth, the div... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
3/2010   Roberto Labrador
250+ Dives
 
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn Full report       Bonaire is one of our favorite places to dive in the Caribbean, and the Carib Inn is the place to be. We flew to Curacao on AA th... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
7/2010   Ron & Dawn Steedman
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       Good for beginners but currents and wind- driven surge made shore entry and exit an unexpected challenge even for the physically ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
2/2002   Ron Larkin
<100 Dives
 
Carib Inn Full report       Having done many dives in Bonaire, and having done some recently in other areas, including Florida, Hawaii, and other Caribbean ar... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2007   Ron Steedman
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report       Since this was my third trip to Bonaire and second with Captain Don's there was really nothing unexpected. Our Captain Don's crew... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2007   Ronald Schmetzer
250+ Dives
 
Gooodive / Den Laman Full report       "Bonaire One Week Group Trip "
Bonaire is a great dive destination for divers wanting easy dives, best for beginners, shore divers, and macro photographers. Ou... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
10/2017   Ronald Tiah
1000+ Dives
 
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn Full report       Diving in Bonaire is easy, current free, with lots of small stuff to look at. A macro photographers delight. The reefs are probabl... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2009   Rosemary Kurtti
1000+ Dives
 
Bonaire Dive & Adventure/ Sand Dollar condos Full report       Not having been to Bonaire since 1999 (just before Lenny tried to wipe Bonaire off the map), we decided to join friends on Bonaire... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
7/2006   Russ Battisto
500+ Dives
 
WannaDive/ Golden Reef Inn Full report       "Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy" is a great guide for dive planning. Like the Salt Pier dive better than the Town Pier night dive... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
2/2008   Russell Fairfield
250+ Dives
 
Tropical Divers Bonaire       "Three Weeks for our Third Trip is Long Enough"
This was our third trip to Bonaire and our second time diving with Tropical Divers. It was our first time staying with Tropical Di... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2022   Ryan M Neely
100+ Dives
Photos available
1Helpful vote(s) received
Captain Don's Habitat Full report       I spent one week, April 5 through 12, at Captain Don's Habitat in Bonaire, "the home of diving freedom. " For me, Captain Don's was... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2008   Samuel B. Johnson
250+ Dives
 
WannaDive/ Yacht Club Apartments Full report       We took Air Jamaica this time and avoided ALM/ DCA nightmares we experienced last trip. AJ has packed in some more seats in the LA... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2003   Sandra Tullis
100+ Dives
 
Capt. Dons Habitat Full report       We stayed 12 days. Bonaire has good reefs. Capt. Dons: average rooms/ average housekeeping service. Maintenance problems ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
12/2002   Sandy Ruffin
250+ Dives
 
Bon Bini Divers/ Lion's Dive Bonaire Full report       You can safely eat anywhere in Bonaire as well as drink the tap water (which is very good). Just do not leave any valuables in yo... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
10/2002   Scott Boyd
100+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report       "Still worth it"
Did a 2 week stay at Captain Don's. Had been many years since I had visited Bonaire. First week was with a large group. Stayed ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2017   Scubamax
500+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Full report       "Very Disappointing Diving"
Divi Flamingo dive operation is well- run. Easy boat entry, easy tank pick up to do shore diving. Both of us were VERY disappointed... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2018   Sheri Ray
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Great Adventures Bonaire/ Harbour Village Resort Full report       The Harbour Village Resort is not one of those places you hear mentioned very often when divers talk about where to stay on Bonair... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
2/2009   Stanley Holz
250+ Dives
 
AB Dive/ Water Vilas       "Bonaire growth and coral disease"
This was my fourth trip to Bonaire and things are changing there. There now is a $75 Bonaire Tourism Tax per person that can be p... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
10/2023   Steve Dussault
1000+ Dives
 
AB Dive/ VRBO       "Bonaire and traveling with Pandemic"
Finally after canceled and rescheduled trips over the past 20 months, we decided to venture to Bonaire for a week of diving. There... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
11/2021   Steve Dussault
500+ Dives
Photos available 
Buddy Dive/ Belmar Apartments Full report       This was a family holiday trip with three kids ages 15 - 21. Stayed in a three bedroom, two bath apartment at the Belmar which wor... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
12/2006   Steve Johnson
<100 Dives
 
Toucan Diving Bonaire/ [ Van der Valk Plaza Beach & Dive R       "Professional well run and organized"
Toucan Diving Bonaire Located in an all- inclusive resort and welcome outside divers. We did not stay in the resort. They run thre... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
11/2021   Steven Lindsay
1000+ Dives
 
Deep Blue View Full report       Bonaire offers excellent opportunities for both shore and boat diving. The year round weather (air and water) is warm, it's below ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2011   Steven Skiba
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort       "Great diving and not very good food."
The resort is very nice, well maintained. Our AC was broken on our arrival and it was fixed within an hour. Breakfast was included... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2022   Steven Y Davidson
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       This was our tenth trip (or so, I lost track) to Bonaire over that last 30 years. We may be getting jaded but the coral and fish ... Full report  
2 stars
5 stars  
3/2012   Steven Y Davidson
1000+ Dives
 
Plaza Resort Bonaire Full report       "Hogan is in charge and it is great! "
We stay at the Bellafonte but our boat friends sounded happy with their package at the Plaza. We love Bonaire diving and the... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2018   Sue Ann
500+ Dives
2Helpful vote(s) received
Plaza Resort Bonaire/ [same]Plaza       "Lthe easiest for seniors"
We have used the Toucan dive shop for over 20 years. There was a time when we almost quit them but since Hagen took over it is ran... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2023   Sue Ann Bivans
1000+ Dives
 
Tropical DIvers/ Bellvue Condos Full report       [This trip report is not inclusive, but addresses only a couple of the lesser known high points. ] Shortly before Christmas, my ... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
12/2010   Sue Manning
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       Bonaire is an excellent dive site. The reefs are very well developed and don't have the open and sandy area that more northern lo... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   T Michael Garrison
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       Bonaire is an excellent dive site. The reefs are very well developed and don't have the open and sandy area that more northern lo... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   T Michael Garrison
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort/ Buddy Dive Full report       Over the last two decades I've been visiting Bonaire, I've watched Buddy Dive evolve from a Motel 6 style resort to one of the fin... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2012   T Murphy
250+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report       Needed to be more specific about dive schedule. We setup for 6 1 tank dives and had a bit of trouble changing to 2 tank dives. Div... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
1/2007   T Williams
<100 Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Full report   [Entire Marine park   "Cruise ships destroy Bonaire"
I've loved Bonaire for 35 years but have never before been there in Dec/ Jan. So I was aghast that 2 & sometimes 3 mega cruise shi... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
2/2018   Teresa McCanlies
1000+ Dives
3Helpful vote(s) received
Larry's Wildside Diving Full report       Larry takes you where you go and when you want to go there. Larry is safety oriented without being a mother hen. Excellent with ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Terry Ekdahl
100+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino Full report       A disappointing overall review of Bonaire. One of my group had his lap top computer and the power supply stolen from his locked r... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
9/2007   Terry Gee
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       4th time to Buddy dive. It's best features continue to be the drive through air/ nitrox and the 24/ 7 diving access. The resort is... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
3/2011   tim heenan
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       Large operation with decent accommodations. On site restaurant does a nice job. Vehicle quality was rough. Although there seem to ... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
10/2018   timothy g warner
500+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       "Four visits - four almost failed vacation"
I sent this letter to Buddy Dive and their response is below. Odd how they stated that based on our other concerns verified by Bud... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2019   Timothy J Hedrick
1000+ Dives
2Helpful vote(s) received
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       "Nice resort but too crowded"
My wife and I stayed at Buddy Dive in January. There was nothing drastically wrong with this resort, but for us it was way too cro... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2017   Todd Lichtenstein
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Bonaire Dive and Adventure/ Den Lamen condos Full report       "Bonaire diving 2016"
We flew the United non stop from Newark. It is very convenient but very crowded. The only problem is there is only one flight a we... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
2/2016   Todd Lichtenstein
250+ Dives
 
Toucan Diving/ Plaza Resort Full report       Resort accomodations were nice, but showing some signs of age, although renovations were underway. Marine Park orientation was re... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2007   Tom & Lynn Hayes
100+ Dives
 
Great Adventures/ Harbour Village Full report       Haven't been to Bonaire in 10 years. Prior to that I took the family every year and sometimes and some times twice a year but ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
5/2008   Tom Kelly
1000+ Dives
 
Divi Flamingo Beach Full report       RETURN VISIT AFTER 18 YEARS. SADLY, AS IN SO MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN, BONAIRE IS A SHELL OF ITS FORMER SELF OF 18 YEARS ... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
11/2003   TOM LOPATIN
1000+ Dives
 
Dive Friends Bonaire/ Sand Dollar Full report       "Delightful Week with Dive Friends and Sand Dollar"
As other reviews reflect, Sand Dollar is a well- maintained, efficiently- operated condominium, with full modern kitchens containing... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2016   Tom Murphy
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       We booked through a Dive Travel agent who was very helpful. My wife accompanied me (less experienced as a diver with 30 dives) an... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2006   Tom Thompson
<100 Dives
 
Photo Tours/ Windsock Full report       [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 Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report       This was about our 7th trip to Divi Flamingo with our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC. Thank goodness Delta flies f... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
7/2009   Tripp Jones
500+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report       This was our 7th trip to Divi Flamingo, with our local dive shop, Wateree Dive Center, Columbia, S. C. Bonaire is still my overall ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2008   Tripp Jones
500+ Dives
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report       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
 
Divi Dive Bonaire/ Divi Flamingo Full report       Excellent week at Divi Dive Bonaire, at Divi Flamingo in Bonaire. Went with our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   Tripp Jones MD
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report       "Great Trip to Bonaire"
I went to Bonaire on a trip with Kids Sea Camp with my son and his family. This was our fourth trip with KSC. My two grandsons ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
7/2019   VickiSingley
250+ Dives
 
Yellow Submarine/ Eden Beach Full report       We started at the Bonaire Fun Apartments but moved out after one night. No internet access, no hot water and the couch was made o... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
10/2007   W Westman
250+ Dives
 
Captain Don's Habitat Full report   Netherlands Antilles   We went with Jack & Sue Drafhal to do a digital photo class. We stayed in an Oceanfront Villa. The maid would leave the door open ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2008   Wally Burke
100+ Dives
 
Divi Dive/ Divi Flamingo Full report       The good: Had been to Bonaire before so we were confident that we would have time. The bad: Euro's that needed to tell me how bad... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
12/2008   Wes
1000+ Dives
 
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn/ Carib Inn       "First diving in the post-Covid world"
TIME TO DIVE: With nearly two years of accumulated surface interval, it was time to get back on the reef. Bonaire has been an alte... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2021   Will Dew
250+ Dives
2Helpful vote(s) received
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