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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in

Captain Don's Habitat: "Bonaire - Captain Don's Habitat", Oct, 2015,

by Patricia A. Sinclair, LA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 8613.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Bonaire Trip - October 2015

I arrived after an OK flight via AA Airlines in Bonaire on October 10th. I got unpacked and put together the camera gear (including greasing the o-rings and so on.) I then went down to BonPhoto to arrange a couple of classes, but they were closed, as in no shop there anymore. So, off to the spa to arrange a 40 minute massage. So, I got the massage and was in more pain from that than I was when I walked into the spa. She worked on my lower back, and afterwards and especially the next day, I was unable to bend over. My advice – don’t get a massage there.

I went to the dive shop and posted the dives I wanted for the next day. I spoke with Roger, the dive shop manager and found that I did not need to do the orientation, since I was a double repeat visitor. Once again, I had forgotten that I needed to bring a lock for the locker I would be using…so I took my regulator and dive computer along with my camera back to the room every day when my diving was done. I left the BCD and fins in the locker, without a lock…it was fine.

The weather was really nice, the whole week. Sunny every day and warm…sometimes a bit too humid. The diving was typical Bonaire diving. Not many large creatures, like sharks, but many turtles and lots of the usual Caribbean tropical fishes in abundance. I got in 17 dives while there and averaged 72.375 minutes per dive. A lot of the diving was done over at Klein Bonaire.

I got in a lot of good photo dives and while you are supposed to have a dive buddy (I always pointed to the DM as my buddy) they did not have a problem with me tagging behind everyone and shooting to my heart’s desire. My favorite DM was off on vacation, but my second favorite was there and he let me dive my profile and hang way back from the group. He would also come and find me if he had located something really cool, like a frogfish. Also, since I tend to use less air than most of the people, I was usually the last one up and the DM, in the last 10 or so minutes, would point out interesting stuff for me to shoot. I spent the entire week doing nothing but macro photography with wonderful subjects, like Christmas Tree worms, Seahorses, Frogfish, Secretary blennies and greysby’s that were willing to pose for a couple of shots before leaving me.

I had a wonderful time and learned a lot about underwater photography on this trip and intend to go back to the same resort and dive operator. I really loved all the DMs, and the boat Captains were extremely helpful as well.

Websites Captain Don's Habitat   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica, Bimini-Bahamas, Grand Bahamas Island, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Roatan, St Eustatius, Florida, Florida Keys, Dumaguette-Philippines, Cebu-Philippines, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80-86°F / 27-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no more than 130 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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