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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn: "Another fantastic visit", Aug, 2018,

by Phyllis Robinson, MD, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10736.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is our fourth visit to Bonaire using the Carib Inn. It's a simple place - if you need lots of TLC or are a high-maintenance person, maybe this isn't the place for you. On the other hand, the staff is terrific and the other guests seem to always be older, quieter people (in general). Boats get crowded if the max of 12 divers are on board, and we were often close, but everyone adopted a positive attitude and spread out underwater so that it wasn't a cattle dive. The DMs were without question awesome. Larry gives excellent briefings and really enjoys when dive guests share his love of (a)critters and (b) photography. Zack, while new at the time, was capable and easy-going, and a very hands-off DM unless you needed help. Kristie was equally delightful. Bruce runs a tight operation, and doesn't suffer fools gladly - but he clearly wants to have the best possible staff and operation. The inn is not sleek - don't expect 5-star hotel rooms - but it is clean and comfortable, what more do you need? Diving couldn't be easier, with tanks loaded on the boat and you bring your gear, just a short walk down to the dock. Sunsets from the patio are beautiful. No restaurant, but the grocery is a 20-min walk and downtown restaurants are also in easy walking distance. The usual critters underwater, with the added note that soft corals seem to be making a comeback. There were some beautiful areas that looked more pristine than I have seen in some time. We easily had 90-minute dives all week long. Keep it up, Carib Inn!
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 Getting There Via connection in Atlanta, everything went smoothly

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse bucket for regs and cameras on shore. Nothing special on boat, but we were rarely more than 10-15 minutes away from the dock.
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