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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire/N/A

Captain Don's Habitat, Aug, 2002,

by Cyd Allred, NV, United States . Report 68.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving I've done some wrecks in Florida, last year I enjoyed some great drift diving in Cozumel and as I live in Las Vegas, NV. there is always Lake Mead.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None. The boat captains & divemasters empahsized safety, but made it clear that decisions regarding the dive were the diver's own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments There is a good variety of both fish & coral colors/shapes to shoot.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I stayed at Captain Don's Habitat. He is truly a unique character! His slide show presentation is not to be missed. The resort is wonderful for and to divers. We were a large group (40+) and they handled all of our requests with ease and professionalism, even getting a babysitter for one couple that had brought a 2 year old along. My room was the most inexpensive they offered, a Superior Villa room, it is a terrific room. The view from my upstairs window was beautiful. The little refrigerator was a nice surprise. It would have been nice to have a small microwave for heating items, but I got by OK. There are no TV or phones in these rooms. I wasn't there to watch TV so I really didn't care about that. Some of the larger Villa rooms had TV and I'm told the cottages had TV & phone if that's your thing.

About the dive operation; there were always a variety of tank sizes filled, just sign one out & go shore diving. And the dive operation staff, from the dive shop to the rental desk to the boat staff, was always helpful & willing to answer any questions. The diving was wonderful, boat dives and all the shore diving one could handle. Even on the boats you dive your own profile. Water temps were ideal and visibility was great! Habitat has a roving photographer taking photos both above & under water. On Thursday evenings there is a slide show and the week's slides are displayed.

The dive sites are all good; it's hard to choose a favorite. 1000 steps was excellent with a wide variety of fish life, Lenora's Reef had a lot of good color and the Habitat House Reef, La Machaca was a great dive too; saw Sea Horses there more than once. I think it was at Jeff Davis Memorial site that we saw a HUGE eel out swimming. He was a good 5 feet long with quite a thick body and just swimming along. I tried to get a picture of him, but he managed to stay just out of range of my camera. DARN! I did get a lot of good photos though. I used my digital with an Ikelite housing so film and developing were not a consideration.

The restaurant is good too. Although a wider selection for lunch and dinner would have been nice, everything I had was very good. Monday evening there is a great Bar-B-Q done buffet style. And there are many wonderful restaurants around the island too. One evening part of our group went to Richards (any cab driver can get you there). Seaside dining at sunset and truly excellent food. Yes, one could gain weight in Bonaire if not for the exercise from the diving. :-)
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