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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat: "Still worth it", Nov, 2017,

by Scubamax, CO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 9991.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Did a 2 week stay at Captain Don's. Had been many years since I had visited Bonaire. First week was with a large group. Stayed in a jr. suite with a killer ocean view and large covered balcony. Great 2nd floor room, but no help was offered with my dive bag and wrenched my back hauling it up the stairs. Ask for help, or unload and grab a locker down in the dive area. Ground level rooms are easier to manage. Bring a small lock or use your luggage lock to secure your locker. Our group had it's own boat and dive length times were up to us. You have to wrangle your own gear- they just change tanks out on the boats. You can request extra help as needed- they were accommodating.
Second week moved to 2 bedroom bungalow- not as updated and showing it's age. Comfortable enough but hideous oversized furniture and poorly equipped kitchen. Beds are comfortable, ac works well. Did all shore dives this week. Again wrangle your own gear including tanks in and out of trucks. Budget has an office at the resort to rent a truck, very convenient.
Overall nice diving, looking for small stuff. Popular dive sites show wear and tear- beat up coral in many places. Super easy to navigate shore dives, go out either direction with current considered, come back and finish in 15ft or less, pop up to find your truck. Hard sole booties a must for navigating sharp rocky entries. Do a guided dive on the East side - can be challenging conditions. Bonaire is all about the little stuff- did not see a single ray, shark, or really any large species all 2 weeks. The Tarpon are fun, saw a few green turtles, a few big snappers. Spend time under the boat docks- lots of action there! Northern end shore diving in better shape overall, healthier coral and more diversity. Dining in general seems very slow and very expensive- go to the grocery store and stock up. Hotel staff friendly if a bit disorganized.
Websites Captain Don's Habitat   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over
Closest Airport Getting There Direct flights from Houston or Newark

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Rec limits- 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Minimal- soak tanks. Have to take to your room for everything else.
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