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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive and Adventure/Den Laman Condos in
Bonaire

Bonaire Dive and Adventure/Den Laman Condos, Jun, 2009,

by Frank Hall & Carole Ott, IN, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 4861.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Roatan, Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All Shore Diving no restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We took the Continental red eye from Newark to Bonaire. Got in about 4 to 4:30 am. The car rental was very efficient. In spite of rumors to the contary, there is still a car rental operation in the airport parking area. There is also a new operation across the road from the airport. Check in time at Den Laman's is around noon. The office doesn't open until 8:00 am, so you just have to wait outside. If you don't reserve a room for the night prior to your arrival, you may have to wait until afternoon to get your room. We were fortunate that they weren't busy and were able to get in as soon as the office opened. This is pretty darn important after being up all night!

We have made at least 10 previous trips to Bonaire. We prefer to do all shore diving because of the flexibility. The coral and fish were plentiful as always, although recent hurricans have destroyed most every thing down to 20-25 feet. The pace of building on the island is a bit alarming. I fear Bonaire is in danger of over development. Also a local told us in the next 5 months, over 100 cruise ships are scheduled to arrive on the island. If you haven't been to Bonaire, you should make a trip soon. I believe Bonaire is promoting the cruise ship industry over diving. That amount of traffic cannot be good over the long term and diving is bound to suffer.
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