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Dive Review of Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn in
Bonaire

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, Nov, 2012,

by Laurie Gneiding, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 6824.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Most of the Caribbean islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions on depth but it was suggested you go no deeper than 60-70 feet.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank for cameras onshore. No set up on boats

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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The red eye from Houston arrives in Bonaire at 0600 (ugh!) but our room was ready and waiting for our morning nap. No onsite restaurant but plenty around if you're not inclined to make use of kitchenette in each room. Easy walk to local markets to get food. Make sure you bring PLENTY of sunblock as temps exceed 90oF every day.

Boat is open without seats or shade but is perfectly adequate transportation for 10 minute ride to Klein Bonaire. Would prefer if they supplied freshwater water for after dive rinse. Bonaire has aggressive lionfish extirpation program so divemasters were busy hunting. Lots of adult and juvenile fish and some small critters. One huge midnight parrotfish and one turtle. Vis was excellent.

Also visited Washington National Park for birdwatching. Absolutely fabuous views and scenery!
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