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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive & Adventure/Den Laman in

Bonaire Dive & Adventure/Den Laman, Mar, 2009,

by Bill, NJ, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4727.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Bonaire has more to offer then any other place in the Caribbean atleast where we have been.

We took the red eye from Newark and got in at 4:30am and to hotel at 5:45. (got a little lost trying to find it!)

Stayed at Den Laman and was great. Only 2 things that could need improving is 1. when the lock up the nitrox 4:30 and no place to relax on the shore after a day of diving. Had a studio and was clean and comfortable.

Started out with a dive briefing that lasted about 1 hour but was very helpful for a person who is new to Bonaire.

Got groceries ate lunch and did our first dive on Bari Reef. Beautiful reef!!! Spotted morays, 1 free swimming, scorpion, groupers, puffers, porcipine, spade, angels, butterflies and this was just the begining. The coral, hard and soft were beautiful mostly at 30' and lower. Did mostly south dives as I was told Omar did not do as much damage in the southern areas which from what I saw is true. The coral up north was not as aboundant as the southern sites but has intresting entries ie:1000 steps - oil slick leap. Let me try and put down what I saw during the week. Eagle rays, Southern sting rays, turtles, sea snakes, spotted and golden morays, sgt. majors, flounder, jaw fish, tarpon, drum, garden eels and VERY LARGE LOBSTERS. I know I'm missing naming more but I suspect you get the jist of the amount of fish there is in Bonaire.

We went with as many of the choices that you all gave me of where to have dinner. "It rains fishes, fantastic. Patagonia was some of the best beef I ever had anywhere in the islands, Lobster night at Den Laman just to name a few of the places.

Truck rental from Total and was a very good experince. Was in and out in no time and the truck was just fine. It did not take long to learn how to navigate around the island.

The dive freedom is what really seperates Bonaire from any other. Dive when you want and where you want. It is nice being able to hone on your own navigation skills and not have to follow a DM all the time. This is what we were trained for.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Nassau, Dominican Republic, Key Largo, St. Martin, Barbados, Cozumel, Red Sea, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Utila, Roatan, Bunaken Indoneisa, Lembeth Straight Indonesia, Xcalak Mexico, Playa del Carmen, St Lucia, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

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

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

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