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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in

Captain Don's Habitat: "Great Bonaire Trip", Jul, 2015,

by Linda Cober, PA, US ( 1 report). Report 8695.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Very good dive operation with friendly, knowledgeable divemasters who were always ready to lend a hand if needed. Nitrox was readily available. Good diving and snorkeling right in front of Habitat as well as to the south toward Bari Reef or north toward Cliff. There is no need to go on a boat for night diving as night dives right off the dock are great. The big silver flash at the edge of your vision at night is a tarpon, not a shark. :)
It is worth doing boat dives during the day, though, as Klein Bonaire has very good dive sites accessible only by boat and others, such as Rappel, are also accessible only by boat.
While I was there, I heard about a newly renovated cottage on the Habitat property with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths along with gated private parking. This would be perfect for a group of friends or a family, and I am going to look into booking it for my next trip.
Websites Captain Don's Habitat   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Bonaire Getting There United direct flight through Houston

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Habitat suggests maximum depths but lets divers plan their own dive profiles. The only dive where we were told to observe time limits was the Hilma Hooker wreck dive. Those who were using dive tables rather than meters were limited to 20 minutes since the depth on the sand was 100 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats all had space for camera rigs as well as big water tubs for dipping cameras. There was also a cameras only tub on the dock. I was using a GoPro and video light rig, but others had housed DSLR's with two strobes. We could all safely stow our cameras on the boats. There is no longer a photo shop on the premises, however, so if you need accessories, you will have to visit town.
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