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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn/Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn/Carib Inn: "First diving in the post-Covid world", Nov, 2021,

by Will Dew, MI, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11802 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments TIME TO DIVE: With nearly two years of accumulated surface interval, it was time to get back on the reef. Bonaire has been an alternating destination and this was the 16th year according to my marine park tag collection. In the November issue of Scuba Dive magazine, Bonaire was again recognized as a world-class destination with 12 awards, 7 of those in first place and most significantly, Best Health of Marine Environment. Bonaire is today what it is due to decades of dedicated preservation efforts. This started with the establishment of the national park in the late 1960ís, the marine park in the 1970ís, and has been carried forward by courageous and often cantankerous conservationists who understood how easy it is for a small island to lose its native natural character.

COVID: With PCR test in hand, I was routed to the left line upon arrival as Bonaire required a 5-day PCR test be performed for those with more than week-long stays. The screening staff at the airport set oneís appointment instantly. The 5-day test was a well-organized and properly staffed drive through at the Bonaire Heath Dept. and once underway at 3PM took less than 15 minutes to navigate. The test was free of charge other than your time. Mid-way through my stay, Bonaire suspended the 5-day test apparently due to the high vaccination rate of US visitors and the low subsequent positive results seen in the 5-day test regime. For departure and test requirements on re-entry to the US, I immediately scheduled my PCR test for the Friday afternoon before my Saturday flight and well within the 24 hour no dive to fly period. No sense in sacrificing dive time. Bon Bida handled the reservation and payment on-line. Again, a very efficient testing process than took less than 10 minutes. They guarantee results in 4 hours and I received mine in two. Latest updated information on Bonaire's Covid situation can be seen at: www.bonairecrisis.com/en/

CARIBINN: There was a nice report recently filed that detailed the status of the Carib Inn so I will not be redundant here. Other than of course to express similar gratitude that Lynne (Bruceís niece) and her partner Eric have stepped forward to take ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn   Carib Inn

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving mexico/belize/honduras/nicaragua/florida keys/vieques/turks & caicos/bonaire/curacao/grenada
Closest Airport Flamingo International Getting There Delta Air Lines via Atlanta connection.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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