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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/Sand Dollar in
Bonaire/Sand Dollar

Dive Friends Bonaire/Sand Dollar: "Diver's Paradise", Nov, 2022,

by Joe and Edie Primavera, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 12255.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments We were unable to arrange a connecting flight from Key West Airport (close to our home) to Miami via American. Instead we used the “park and fly” offered at the Sheraton 4 Points Miami Airport. Our room was updated and clean. Service was helpful with planning our shuttle. Their van was new and on time. The driver was helpful with our heavy gear and it was about a 15 minute ride to Miami International. There were no Covid protocols at the Airports in Miami or Bonaire nor were there any in Bonaire.
Our flight was three hours to Bonaire International where we picked up a rental truck from Avis. They were not giving out paper maps so download what you need before leaving home as gps phone data can be pricey. Our truck was a 2 seater with a wood hold-down in the bed for scuba tanks. It was about a 20 minute drive to the Sand Dollar Condominiums. Traffic was heavy as it was near rush hour. It gets like Manhattan by 5pm but drivers seem more courteous or at least more patient. At check-in at the gate, Ruthia was very helpful with getting us our keys, answering questions and providing a map and directions to nearby supermarkets. We went to H and W warehouse that had most of what we wanted for breakfast and lunch. We planned to eat dinners at local restaurants.

October, November and December are the rainy seasons, with November being the worst. The weather was changeable with rain in the morning, clearing midday and rain ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Dive Friends Bonaire   Sand Dollar

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Most of the Caribbean (the usual suspects: Saba, Dominica, St. Vincent, Turks and Caicos, Andros, Carriacou, Caymans, Statia, etc.) Fiji in the Pacific. New Jersey wreck dives. Florida Lower Keys (e.g.Looe Key Reef).
Closest Airport Bonaire International Getting There Could not arrange a connecting flight from Key West Airport (close to us) so we drove to Miami the night before and stayed at Sheraton 4 Points Miami Airport a "Park and Fly Hotel" where we spent the night and were shuttled to the airport that morning. We left our car in their lot and returned to pick it when we returned.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limit of 60 minutes. Depths were determined by certification and use of EAN. Dive Masters generally kept the group to about 60 foot max for natural light and safety. That said you could dive your own profile if the Dive Master could see you and you could see them.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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