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

Bonaire Dive and Adventure/Sand Dollar, Nov, 2006,

by ED REGENNITTER, NE, USA . Report 3183.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, 2 trips to Belize, 3 trips to Cozumel, Utila, 4 trips to Bonaire and around 300 freshwater dives in Nebraska. :)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All of the diving we did was shore diving, so there were no restrictions at all, other than tank availability
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 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments there were seperate rinse tanks on the docks for cameras

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The reef at Sand Dollor is most awesome! We did 10 dives there and were never disappointed with the life on that reef, frogfish, seahorses, cuttlefish and tons of very small sea life
I was a little disappointed with the dive operation. We found that the storage area for gear was locked up at 4:30 p.m. and the very small wooden lockers for storing gear outside that area was in great dis-repair. There were doors missing and broken hinges and no way to lock your gear on a lot of the doors. We ended carrying our gear back to our rooms for easier access to later afternoon and night dives at the resort.
The 3 hour dive operation briefing was way long and got to be very boring after the briefing turned to downtown eateries and shopping areas. The drive through diving was good and most of the time there were tanks for everyone. :) I wish the Sand Dollar Resort catered more to divers with their meals..If you missed the scheduled feedings in the morning noon and night, you were looking for somewhere else to eat...although later in the trip it seemed the dining area was opened more for sandwiches.
The rooms and showers were awesome as were the furnishings..and the stocked kitchen gear was great. I loved the screened windows and screened patio for sitting and drying gear, plus having a breeze blowing through the rooms constantly. I would recommend Sand Dollar to any one, but I will go back to my favorite BUDDY's when I go
to Bonaire again.
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