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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in

Captain Don's Habitat: "Relaxed diving on your schedule", Mar, 2023,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 27 Helpful votes). Report 12395.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 We spent two weeks at Captain Don's Habitat on Bonaire in February. Over the years, we've tried other options, but the ease of Habitat's 3-boats-a-day schedule pulled our party back to Habitat. We rented one of the two 3-bedroom villas they control, giving us a very large private patio and living room with a poorly equipped kitchen, along with three bedrooms and baths and two parking spaces.

Diving on Bonaire has not significantly changed in decades. Marine life is plentiful and generally unafraid, making for good photography. Hard and soft corals are abundant and healthy. While there are a lot more people on the island, we never felt crowded in diving. The one-boat-per-mooring rules mean that we rarely saw other divers. Water temperature was an absolute solid 78 or 79 F at every depth and currents were nonexistent for all but one dive--and even then not strong enough to be a cause for concern.

This time of year the weather was quite mild, and while we ran the air conditioning for a few hours each day, we didn't feel the need for it most evenings.

Habitat's dive operation has become smoother with time, which is both good and bad. For experienced hands who've stayed there before ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport BON Getting There Travel to and from Bonaire for US travellers is very difficult. Direct flights from Atlanta, Newark, Houston, and Miami come in on Saturdays early and leave late that same day (United to Houston is the exception, with one flight out on Sunday). That means that West Coasters have almost no option to arrive or leave the same day. American does run 3 flights a week from Miami, and if you're willing to fly through Amsterdam, there are two flights in and out every day. Connecting through Curacao

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Habitat ran 3 boat 'slots' a day, 2 AM & 1 PM, with as many of 3 boats. Most went out with 5-10 divers on them. In a few cases, things were more crowded. DMs had few rules other than "go in the same direction," to help find lost guests. DMs requested 60 min, our average was 67 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 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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By John Hill in NY, US at Apr 11, 2023 08:16 EST  
We were disappointed in Capt Don’s last year. Some surly DMs, poorly maintained boats and tanks. Prefer Buddy Dive. We had great meals at Joe’s and Sebastian.
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