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Dive Review of Bruce Bowkers Carib Inn/I dove only in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowkers Carib Inn/I dove only, May, 2004,

by Kevin, TN, USA . Report 1094.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Restrictions are relaxed. 100 ft depth/ 60ft afternoon dive. Dive in group. 1st diver to reach 1500 psi group returns. Could use up extra air around reefs near boat. Allowed to dive to experience levels. My bottom times were 63-66 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I dove with Bruce Bowker one day. I had been diving with Toucan Diving but, they were over booked this day. I'm glad because it gave me a little variety. Since I didn't lodge here I can't rate those facilities. However, they appeared nice and quaint. Grounds neat and well kept.

Bruce and his staff are very friendly and want to go out of their way to please. The dive shop is extremely well stocked. There is more "stuff" in this smaller than average size shop.

Diving was a little on the "ruffing it" side of things. No two tank diving. One tank at 8:30AM and one tank at 1:00PM. The boat I was on was approx 25ft. No roof for shade. Seating on the gunnels. No storage for gear. They do have a rinse tank. The boat was crowded with 12 divers. Divemaster and captain are one of same. She brings your tank to you and helps you put on your BC. Water entry is back fall of side of boat.

The dive shop and staff make up for the dive boat inadequacy. I would dive with this operation again. Excellent layed back diving.

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