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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat: "Habitat: Not So Much Diving Freedom Anymore", Jan, 2017,

by Marilyn Walker, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9472 has 4 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Caribbean, Australia, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Micronesia
Closest Airport Flamingo Airport Getting There SFO to ATL to BON

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers must follow the dive guide.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools 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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 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 4 stars
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Comments The Bonaire National Marine Park has been in place since 1973 and their stringent protection glows brightly. The reef is well populated with thousands of small and medium sized reef fish. Parrotfish and damselfish and trumpetfish are especially well represented. Two tarpon, of the many who live here, are named Charlie and Charlene. Various tarpon come every afternoon to hang out under the restaurant and swim with the night divers. The coral looks healthy. It's a beautiful example of Caribbean diving. Good job STINAPA!

We want to dive on our own, I said to our dive guide, Sherman. What is the best approach? The 20 divers on the boat were quite a crowd and we felt we could manage ourselves perfectly well without being in the great welter.

You cannot go by yourself, Sherman replied firmly. It isn't safe. It's a rule, everybody has to follow the dive guide. Then in case of emergency we can get everybody back aboard easily.

We were flabbergasted. In the old days, Habitat really provided diving freedom, without any such restriction.

This is a cattle boat! John exclaimed, indignant. All these people, only one dive guide, all going the same place, it's too much! Diving freedom is dead!

The other dive guides were more laid back. Just go in the same direction, Marco said. We could spread out well enough on the gently sloping walls, so that fins and bubbles from the other divers were not such a problem.

Shore diving is a well-known feature of Bonaire in general. You do have the freedom to load tanks in your pickup truck and drive out to the well-marked shore dive sites at your own convenience. The shore dive in front of Habitat is still an excellent spot, as good as any on the island. The well-known diver's highway, a rope tied to the swimming pier, is suspended by plastic bottles off the bottom, and leads down the slope to bel ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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