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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire/Netherlands Antilles

Captain Don's Habitat, May, 2008,

by Wally Burke, CA, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4115.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We went with Jack & Sue Drafhal to do a digital photo class. We stayed in an Oceanfront Villa. The maid would leave the door open when cleaning and mosquitos would be in our room when we returned. The desk help seemed clueless. They and the maid told us for 3 days they were out of shampoo. Finally they told us they don't provide it. Food is very expensive on Bonaire. Rum Runners (the onsite resturant) was extremely slow. Most of the waiters were bad. We learned late in the week to go to Buddy Dive's onsite resturant (Lions Den) to eat dinner.
The shore diving is great for photographers. Many subjects right off the dock in shallow water, and more on the house reef.
Some of the boat dives were very crowded (20 divers). Some of the boat dives went to poor reefs. Several of the divemasters were surly. Two were great however. You must book directly with a divemaster to dive the Town Pier or Salt Pier.
Over all we had a great time, but I wasn't crazy about the resort. I understand they are planning a major renovation for next year.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving California, Cozumel Mexico, Roatan, Belize, Grand Caymen, N. Sulawesi Indonsia, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Cabo San Lucas Mexico.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Shore Diving: No restrictions.
Boat Diving: Try to come back in an hour so as not to inconvenience others on the boat.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Shore: One large trash can. Sometimes it got crowded. I usually did a quick rinse followed by a soak in a soft-sided cooler I brought with me.
Boat: One shallow bucket. Too small for more than 2-3 small cameras. I did a quick rinse followed by covering my camera in a wet towel in my soft-sided cooler, then a soak in a the cooler I brought with me back at my room.
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