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AB Dive: "Another Bonaire trip", Sep, 2018,

by Chuck Quire, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10698.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments -I'm really starting to like Bonaire. It's easy to get to from the U.S. and very easy to not spend a lot of money.
-We rented a house this time and what a great idea that was! Very nice place with a pool on the hill about Santa Barbara. We cooked all our own meals.
-There are several grocery stores on the island, very easy to shop.
-For the truck and tanks/weights we used AB Car Rental and AB Dive. Both operations were really good, especially AB Dive. The nitrox was spot-on at 32%, not one tank high or low. That is one indicator of quality that I like. The staff was also very helpful with suggesting dive sites that aren't as well known.
-AB Dive is just north of the airport so fairly central. It is open only from 8am...5pm so plan your diving times well as you can't get a tank in the evening if you decide on a night dive.
-Night diving the Hilma Hooker is always a great dive! The tarpons will follow you and use your light to search for their dinner.
-During the week a very large tropical storm (almost hurricane strength) passed to the north, causing the normally always-there-easterly-winds to drop. This allowed for fantastic shore diving on the east coast which doesn't happen very often. Still some big currents on the east coast though.
-The storm did negatively impact visibility the last two days of the trip.
-If you dive the east coast from shore be sure to wear exposure protection as the exits can be rough.
Websites AB Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Caribbean, Finland, U.S. (all coasts and inland), Mexico, Thailand
Closest Airport Flamingo Intl, Kralendijk, Bonaire Getting There Den-Hous-Bonaire

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No gloves
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Shore facilities for my camera were simply the house we rented so we set up a mini camera table in the kitchen away from the cooking area. It worked very well and bringing a power strip was very helpful.
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