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Dive Review of Belmar Bonaire in

Belmar Bonaire: "Casual diving with the usual Bonaire fish", Feb, 2020,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 11433 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Bonaire Trip Report

We visited Bonaire for 2 weeks during the middle of February, 2020.

Getting to Bonaire (and returning) has become much less convenient than it was when we first started coming in the 1990s. Ignoring the flights to/from Amsterdam for the moment, United is about the only airline that lets anyone W of the Mississipi arrive in a single day, through Houston. Delta's flight from ATL and American's flight from MIA both leave the US too early in the day for most connections. There are inter-island flights, mostly via Curacao, but even with that option it can be difficult to get there. Finally, no US airline offers 7-day service, meaning you have to arrive and depart on the weekend. I'm not sure why AA and DL are making it harder (and more costly) for their customers to take them to Bonaire, but there you go.

Previous years, we have always stayed at Habitat (Captain Don's), taking advantage of the 3-boats-a-day convenience of their dive operation, but this year we elected a more casual vacation staying at the Belmar Apartments (in Belen, about 5 minutes drive SOUTH of the Airport on the coast). The apartments are mostly (perhaps entirely) privately owned, but then rented back to the resort for guests when the owners are not staying. There are 22 units, 1, 2, and 3-bedroom options, all with balconies that look directly out on the water. Each apartment has a living room with kitchen, along with its complement of bedrooms. For those looking for a 2-bedroom, ground floor units 1 and 10 are the best for divers: super easy access to the dock (for boat diving or just doing the house reef) and your pickup (for shore diving), along with slightly more space inside and on the patio. The third-story penthouses (with huge balconies ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport BON Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 79-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limit 60 minutes on boat dives; otherwise unrestricted.
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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By Trailboss in , at Feb 26, 2020 15:19 EST  
Nice report Joel. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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