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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/Sand Dollar in
Bonaire

Bonaire Dive & Adventure/Sand Dollar, Aug, 2005,

by Bruce Williams, CO, USA . Report 3086.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100' on 1 boat dive, otherwise shore diving on our own
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Sand Dollar Resort provides spacious condos with good water views, huge open balconies. Dated interiors but clean and well-kept. Full kitchens for eat-in, several good restaurants to walk to, and many in town (vehicle required). Maintenance person helped himself to $20 when he came to our unit for and electrical problem.
Bonaire Dive & Adventure supplies the shore diving business far more so than boat diving, so bulk of business is filling (free) nitrox tanks, as well as air. Our one boat dive with them was very average, both in terms of dive site and divemaster. We chose not to do it again. Shore diving was the order of the day (week)using trucks supplied in our package. Very thorough orientation, helpful and friendly personnel. I would recommend them, and maybe you would have a more positive experience on their boat dives.
Bonaire underwater topography is mostly very similar ... a little steeper in the north, more gradual to the south. Could take a beginner to any site that we dove with no problems. Biggest issue was negotiating the first 50' into the water, over coral and sometines urchins.
In a week of 20 dives, about 3-4 that we would call noteworthy in terms of flora/fauna. A pleasant week, glad we did it, not certain we would return, but definitely a must do once for a diver.
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