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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in

Captain Don's Habitat: "A disappointing return to Bonaire", Dec, 2023,

by Larry S. Klumb, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 12856 has 5 Helpful votes.

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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
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments It had been a few years since we’d dived Bonaire, so a return was in to offing. Previous stays at Divi, Buddy’s and Captain Don’s were all memorable, so where to this time. A return to Captain Don’s was decided with an early December arrival with a group of seasoned divers.

I wish I could provide some good news, but unfortunately not. The reefs are all under aggressive attack from spinney coral disease and/or bleaching. Sixty to seventy percent of the reef is affected. This along with a noticeable lack for large fish…oh plenty of small fish, big no big fish. After a week, no nurse sharks, no eagle rays, a few small southern rays, plenty of lion fish and penalty of small, small fish…not a jaw fish to be found.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Maldives, Cocos Island, Socorros, Guadalupe Island, Hawaii, Guam, Palau, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Tobago...most of the Caribbean islands
Closest Airport Getting There We used Delta Airlines, American and United also serve Bonaire

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally yes; maximum depths were established for each dive. Few ventured deep as there was nothing see.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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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 Thomas Moore in ID, US at Dec 29, 2023 11:33 EST  
Thank you for the report. Sad news. I dove Bonaire about 17 years ago, and much of the coral had been broken during a hurricane. I intended to go back, hoping it had regrown.
By report author: Larry S. Klumb in FL, US at Dec 29, 2023 12:42 EST  
Diving still gives me the same thrill it did on the first dive years ago, but it is said to see what we all came to love and appreciate to be disappearing in our lifetime. I dived CZL in November 2023 and found the diving superior to most other Caribbean locations, especially the shallow reefs north of Santa Rosa
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