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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn: "Awesome again", Aug, 2017,

by Phyllis Robinson, MD, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10063 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Bruce continues to run a class outfit. DMs were all excellent, some were better than others at finding critters and teaching about the reef ecology. One boat in morning, one in afternoon - you sign up with your assigned tank number on a chalkboard, and you keep the same tank all vacation. We chose to dive strictly with boats (no shore diving). Boats hold up to 12 divers, which is a little crowded, but we usually had 4-8 divers. Very congenial group of divers, mostly repeats. This was our third trip. Room was comfy but we were bothered by mosquitoes - could not leave the balcony door open nor sit on the balcony unless there was a significant breeze. Small kitchen area, full size fridge, cooktop, microwave, utensils and plates. Bring your own dish soap. We walked everywhere - to the grocery store, to downtown when we chose to eat out in a restaurant - but mostly we enjoyed reading at the Inn when we weren't diving. Finally found the elusive frogfish (2), fewer lionfish than I recall, at least above 60 feet, and on the whole the reefs looked in better shape than when we were last here three years ago. Bruce also replaced my computer battery when it flooded, and fixed the error that had caused the flooding, and only charged me for the battery. I look forward to a return visit!
Websites Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Dominica, Curacao, Belize, Fiji, Florida
Closest Airport Flamingo Airport Getting There Direct flight from Atlanta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be back at the boat around 90 minutes (air, etc permitting), longer allowed if others are still down.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket on land specially for cameras and regulators. Nothing on boat, but rides were typically short so not really a problem. DM Larry was especially good about helping with photography, and his pictures are wonderful, too.
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