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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/An apartment in
Bonaire/Bari Reef area

Bonaire Dive & Adventure/An apartment, Feb, 2007,

by Colleen Kabat, WI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3251.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Akumal, Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great opportunities for excellent photos. Many seahorses and frogfish. Northern reefs had larger fish and better visibility. Learn to use macro - lots of tiny creatures. We have a Sony Cybershot that's a few years old. It takes excellent videos and we have many of turtles, squid, octopi, seahorses and frogfish.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed in Bonaire for 2 weeks. We met other diver friends from previous Bonaire encounters. We stayed in a newer ocean-front apartment. Last year we had a studio on the parking lot side, but this time we had an ocean front one bedroom unit. It was fully equipped and the only critters we had for 2 weeks was a 2" gecko and a pidgeon on our balcony. We have found this to work better for us than staying at a resort. There is more "down time" after diving and we were able to cook breakfast, lunch and a few dinners in the apartment.

We used Bonaire Dive & Adventure for the second time. Andre' is a wonderful person who really understands how to cater to the customer. We had a "situation" last year with our gear and Andre' proved to us that he is a "man of his word." We will only use BDA from now on. His staff is very attentive and professional. We did all shore dives, but they interacted with us often.

In 2 weeks' we did 30 shore dives each, most of them were 60-80 minutes long. Our favorite reefs were Bari (lots of species of fish, squid, octopi, etc.),Yellow Submarine (seahorses & frogfish), Something Special (frogfish), 1,000 steps, Karpata, Salt Pier (schools of baracuda), Invisibles (double reef), Witcheshut, and ... a little known reef, Taylor Maid (north end, pristine corals, large green morays, turtles).

Our favorite restaurants are Mona Lisa (for bar bites) and Cafe de Paris. Richard's is great, also. Check out the "Last Bite Bakery," and it's worth the effort to find the "More for Less" grocery store.

Pack half the clothes you think you'll need and double-up on some of your dive gear (2 masks, if prescription). The dive shops on the island aren't "overstocked." Watch for sand flees & sunburn!
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