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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/Courtyard by Marriott in

Dive Friends Bonaire/Courtyard by Marriott: "DIVE FRIENDS – NOT DIVERS’ FRIENDS", May, 2019,

by NEAL LANGERMAN, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10918 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
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 3 stars
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Comments The Dive Friends locations on Bonaire are able to process divers like cattle, but they do not know how to provide customer service. Mis-information and confused communications marked the 9 days we dove with them. We selected Dive Friends because they were located at the hotel we stayed in – Courtyard by Marriott. The Undercurrent reviews looked good. Both choices were bad.

Upon arrival, we realized that Dive Friends’ “house reef” was not what we had thought it was. None existed at the Courtyard, and in fact only a couple of the Dive Friends locations had an accessible reef on site. The Dive Friends employee who checked us in– Maria – exuded hostility. She seemed to have no idea of the plans we had made with other Dive Friends employees via email while setting up our package with them, and even less interest in hearing about them. She just handed us a tiny piece of paper with our schedule for the next nine days and told us we had no choice, this was what we were signed up for.

This bad start was compounded when she turned out to be our tyrannical dive master for the mandatory two shore dives the next morning. (Mandatory so that we could undergo a formal buoyancy check, and have an introduction to the Marine Park rules, neither of which ever happened.) And we were expected to provide our own transportation via taxi to the three different shore dive sites set up for that first day, disregarding our request made two months before our arrival for a boat dive in th ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Dive Friends Bonaire   Courtyard by Marriott

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All of continental USA; Caribbean, Gulf, Sea of Cortez, Eastern & Western Pacific & more
Closest Airport BON Getting There SAN - MIA - BON on AA. Good connections; no travel issues

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 HOUR LIMIT; STAY WITH GROUP
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There are far superior UMP locations in the Caribbean. We shot three different UWP rigs on the trip; a Nikon D500; a Canon video, and a GoPro Hero 7. Lots of ima ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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