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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/DenLamen in

Bonaire Dive & Adventure/DenLamen, Feb, 2008,

by Colleen Kabat, WI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4269.

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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 After diving for 15 years, we have found Bonaire to be our favorite dive destination. We "take it easier" than we did in the beginning, and our dives average 60-90 minutes. The sea life is amazing and photo ops are easy to come by due to the lack of strong currents and abundance of fish & critters. We stayed 3-1/2 weeks this time and did all shore diving. Several reefs were visited more than once including Oil Slick, Bari, Yellow Submarine, & Something Special. Another favorite, though not the easiest to access, was Taylor Maid. This one may not be marked well nor noted in all the reef guides. It's on the northern end of the island. We were told you should watch the wind charts to find a day when it's calm enough to enter through the hard corals. Be sure to bring all of your gear, as it's a long way back to the resorts if you forget something - like a wetsuit? I got pretty scraped up during my entry, but had no difficulty on exit.

Bonaire is getting busy with cruise ships, lots of condo construction, and lots of divers - hopefully, it won't turn into another 10-ship a day island!

Restaurants are great - Papaya Moon, Casablanca, Salsa, are a few of our favorites. Reservations are helpful. Don't miss the Apple Pie at Papaya Moon!!!

Grocery stores are getting better and seem to be stocked more often than in past years. This is the best improvement we have noticed.

Be sure to bring any meds you may need - we both had bad colds and couldn't find Sudafed anywhere. Sudafed PE is available, but it's not cheap. 4 tablets cost us $5.00 U.S.

The most important point and most miserable time of our vacation was when my husband got terribly dehydrated...he missed 2 days of diving. Drink water, drink water, drink water! Safe diving!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, Akumal, Yucatan Penninsula-cenotes & sink holes, Roatan.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 Be sure to adjust your camera's i.s.o. to get the correct light saturation - the bright ocean may require your camera to be set at a darker setting to compensate for this.
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