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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/N/A in

Dive Friends Bonaire/N/A: "Three Incredible Shore Dives", Oct, 2018,

by David Speer, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 11025.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We had emailed in advance for advice, and they were spot on. We got off the ship with our personal gear (some of our group carried all but tanks and weights, others of us just had dive skins, MFS, and regs with computers in consoles), got a taxi to Hamlet Oasis, and Dive Friends handled the rest. It was incredibly laid back and after necessary paperwork, we geared up for our first dive. We had a couple of snorkelers along, so our first hour-long dive was a survey of the shallow (0-25') a short way each direction from the entry. There was lots to see for everyone once we got about 20 yards past the rocky entrance area. The snorkelers had a great time and divers scoped out where we would concentrate on for our next dives. Back in for snacks, a little up time and fresh tanks and it was back out to the deep (60'-70') water to the left. Lots of fish, everything was right where the guide book said, for another great hour under water! Back in, this time for lunch, then back out for the same thing to the right. I think we actually covered a couple of "dive sites" on that one, because we explored a couple of piles of piped and stuff left over from the oil processing days. Some of our party reported seeing a yellow sea horse, though my buddy and I somehow missed it. Returning was easy due to the old pipeline that comes out from the entry point. Cleanup and packup were easy using their soaking tubs and showers. The Dive Friends folks called us a cab, and we were back at the ship with time to drop our gear and go back out for a few tacky souvenirs to take back to the folks at home. It doesn't get much better than that for diving off a cruise ship.
Websites Dive Friends Bonaire   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving St Lucia, Cayman Islands, Belize, Florida, West Virginia
Closest Airport Getting There Cruise Ship

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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