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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/Den Laman in

Dive Friends Bonaire/Den Laman: "Another great visit to Bonaire", Oct, 2019,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 46 reports with 47 Helpful votes). Report 11417 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 5 stars
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Comments Sorry for the delay in filing this report

This was my wifeís and my fourth trip to Bonaire in the last year two years and seventh overall. We have stayed at Den Laman and dived with Dive Friends the last four visits. We stayed at Sand Dollar and dived with Bonaire Dive & Adventure during our three visits 2004-2008.

Reservations: There has been a major change in the management of Den Laman. Previously, it was centrally managed by Carib Mall. They rented out all 16 apartments, had an office on site, and made car rental reservations through Avis and dive reservations with Dive Friends. For reasons that are not clear, other than owners wanted it, the apartments are no longer centrally managed. There are now 4 realty companies renting out the 16 apartments at Den Laman. On the Den Laman website, you must now communicate directly with the company renting out the room you want rather than having a choice of the entire inventory. We started the reservation process during the transition period. As we were interested in renting one of the two ocean front one bedrooms we had previously been in, we were referred out to Sunwise Bonaire, who rented these two apartments. It turned out that neither was available for the entire 2 weeks we wanted, so we switched to a 2 bedroom ocean front, Grouper, and decided to invite our children to spend some of the time with us (see more about the Grouper below, in Accommodations). There is no longer a rental office on site, we were met at the apartment by a representative of Sunwise. I canít speak for the 3 other rental companies, but Sunwise does not directly make car or dive reser ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Dive Friends Bonaire   Den Laman

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Curacao, Turks & Caicos, Roatan, Cozumel, Key Largo, SE Florida (Boynton Beach, Jupiter, West Palm...), Maui, Oahu, Cape Ann, San Diego, Costa Rica, Panama, Cocos Island, Red Sea, Galapagos, Revillagigedos
Closest Airport Flamingo Airport, Bonaire Getting There American Airlines Philadelphia to Miami, to Bonaire

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 81-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Shore none. Boat loose 60 min dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Nice dedicated rinse tub and adjoining table at the Sand Dollar/Den Laman shore facility. Small tub on the boats, crew handled cameras carefully ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory S Bruce in WA, US at Feb 12, 2020 09:25 EST  
Nice, detailed report!
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