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

Bonaire Dive & Adventure/Sand Dollar Condos, May, 2009,

by Rick Bates, Ontario, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5198.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Northern Australia, Southern Australia, Fiji, British Columbia, Great Lakes, Altlantic, Florida, Bonaire, Bahamas, T&C, Cozumel, Roatan.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All shore diving on your own
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Photo Shop on site (not used)

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments My second trip to Bonaire in as many years. We were quite happy with the dive shop and condos so we repeated. Sand Dollar had a spare room for us when we arrived at 6am (red eye from Newark) so we could clean up and rest until our room was ready at 10am. This kind of service is above and beyond as far as I am concerned. Unit was clean, affordable, well maintained.

Dive shop remembered us, and allowed us the "condensed" version of the mandatory Marine Park orientation, so we were in the water by about 10:30 am the day of arrival.

All shore dives for a week, and conditions were great! Shore entry requires a but of effort and must be done carefully, but well worth the effort. Once you get used to the entries and how not to fight the waves slapping ashore, its a breeze. Reefs and fish populations seemed healthy, but a little dusting of sand and grit on most shallow life because of recent storms. People on Bonaire as friendly as always and prices eating out were reasonable.

Resort and Dive Shop are both good bang for your diving dollar and I will continue to travel here.

Breakfast (included) was on site and great as always.
Our truck was through Poppy (Telerin Car Rental) whose service was great, meeting us at the airport with a smile.
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