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Dive Review of Belmar Bonaire in

Belmar Bonaire: "Belmar Apartments - Bonaire Diving", Oct, 2015,

by Mark Thorne, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8662 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Delta flights from RDU to Atlanta to Bonaire. We left at 6:00am and were at Belmar Apartments in Bonaire at 2:00pm. Attended mandatory hour plus Bonaire orientation at 3:00pm. Belmar Apartment dive/facility staff were all professional and helpful. Belmar apartments are huge and well appointed with absolutely gorgeous views of the ocean from any of the 22 apartments. We stayed in Barracuda room 22, penthouse which is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment with a very large & spacious outdoor patios. We loved everything about Belmar except the bathrooms in the penthouse are hot with no cross ventilation. The layout of Belmar is perfect for divers and everything has easy access to dive lockers, rinse tanks, air and nitrox tanks, etc, etc. Our Nissan rental truck was in great shape and drove smoothly but you must know how to drive a stick. The Belmar house reef (Sarah's Reef) is nice with many squid, turtles, and fish. We stayed a week in mid October and went to 7 shore dives including Oil Slick Leap, Andrea II, The Cliff, LaMancha, Buddy's Reef, Alice in Wonderland, & Salt Pier. We also did a few am dives with East Coast Divers which we loved. Despite some reports, diving the east coast was not that rough and we found it very safe and easy diving with a great crew. This is our 3rd trip to Bonaire and the first time we did only shore dives ... we much prefer the freedom of shore dives vs boat dives anyway. Another piece of disinformation surrounds the petty crime on Bonaire. We talked to a lot of divers & residents on Bonaire and came away believing there is absolutely not difference between petty crime on Bonaire and that of most places of similar environments in the US. Here's the bottom-line, any place where your vehicle is left in a desolate, out-way-locations, with no one around ... you should not be surprised if some amount of theft may happen. With that being said, we did not find anyone who experienced any problems. We did leave our vehicle unlocked with nothing of value visible. Again, I would not worry about it.
Websites Belmar Bonaire   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the caribbean
Closest Airport BON Getting There Easy direct Delta flight from Atlanta

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-150 Ft/ 30-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
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