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Dive Review of Belmar Bonaire in
Bonaire

Belmar Bonaire: "A Nice Way to Spend the Week", Jun, 2015,

by Robert Hanson, NC, US ( 1 report). Report 8455.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Visibility was less than expected. This could be due to consistently high winds blowing dry coral dust into the water. Winds also generated some unexpectedly high currents, although they were manageable.

Corals have suffered since the last time we were there, many years ago. Storms have taken out most of the staghorn and elkhorn coral, with damage evident on some reefs. Some spots looked much healthier than expected. Large sea life is rare.

Shore diving is great and unlimited. The boat operations run by an adjunct of Buddy Dive at Belmar Oceanfront left much to be desired, and we canceled several scheduled trips, preferring to shore dive instead.

Belmar Oceanfront Apartments were great. Good location right on the water, excellent staff, and spacious accommodations.

Rental car was a beater, but in a way, that works out well. You don't have to worry about it very much.
Websites Belmar Bonaire   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving NJ/NY/PA, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Bonaire, Dominica, Caymans, live-aboards
Closest Airport Bonaire Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 40-45 minutes on boat dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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