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Dive Review of Dive Boniare/Dive Flamingo in

Dive Boniare/Dive Flamingo, Jul, 2006,

by Joe Friedman, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2862.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Bonaire has the best diving in the Carribean. 5 seahorses on one dive and turtles are common. No hurricane worries because the island is so far south. The Flamingo/Dive Bonaire operation is OK to very good. Buy the breakfast meal package, and if you are a big eater, maybe lunches for the days you are going to do an afternoon dive--otherise do the Chibi Chibi a la carte. Go to town for dinner--really high class resturants with fine dining abound.

On the dive boat, try to stay with the same boat and crew for the week. Once the crew gets to know you and realize you aren't a hassle, they become a lot of fun. Be prepared for a range of divers from newbies to grandmothers, all of whom are looking for what Bonaire has to offer--carefree, extremely easy diving. If you want to do what you want, when you want, how you want--rent a car and shore dive and leave the boat crowd behind.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bay Islands, Cozumel, Fiji, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limits on dives were usually enforced, and depth limits were suggested.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I have stopped shooting, but Bonaire is a great place to get photos. Set up on boat is OK, but there are lots of non-photographers and if you freak out when a kid rinses his mask in the camera bucket, this is not your dive operation.
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