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Dive Review of Belmar Bonaire in

Belmar Bonaire, Dec, 2013,

by Laura A. , VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 7473.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Lembeh, Palau, Sea of Cortez, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Roatan, Utila, Belize, Florida and Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 75 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We didn't do any boat diving, so we were on our own--shore diving freedom!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments We stayed at the Belmar for Christmas week, in a corner first-floor two bedroom apartment. Nice, large, and comfy (except for bad lighting) with an outstanding view and fully equipped kitchen. We arrived on the 6 a.m. flight, and were lucky to get our room right away. Unfortunately, we couldn't get our truck until the late afternoon, so we were stuck there all day ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By woodcain , at Jan 02, 2014 17:27 EST  
I can't blame you regarding the house reef. I've stayed at Sand Dollar three times and have been totally spoiled by Bari Reef. For my next trip, I'll stay at Den Lamen to have the same dock and house reef. Sand Dollar has dissociated with Bonaire Dive & Adventure and no longer has access to dock. Rumor has it they will be putting in their own floating dock but that rumor has been circulating for quite a while. BD&A has nice boats to Klein Bonaire and sites not available from shore.
By report author: Laura A. in VA, US at Jan 03, 2014 10:54 EST  
Craig, I don't blame you for making the switch--Bari reef is excellent, although we didn't dive it this time around. FYI, Buddy's has repaired their pier from the last time I was in Bonaire (2011) and the orange cup coral I remember so well has made a comeback. That's also a great night dive. We were only there for one week, so didn't book any boat dives, although we had a night dive every night but Christmas Eve. IMHO, the house reef is particularly important when you like night dives--that much quicker into the shower and on to dinner!
By woodcain , at Jan 04, 2014 10:53 EST  
The only night dives I've done that were better than Bari Reef in Bonaire, were off Little Cayman
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