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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/Den Laman in

Dive Friends Bonaire/Den Laman: "No place like home", Oct, 2021,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 39 Helpful votes). Report 11744 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 Itís been a little over two years since our last trip report for Bonaire. This visit was scheduled for April 2020, we all know what happened to that. This was our eighth visit to Bonaire. For the first three, we stayed at Sand Dollar and dived with Bonaire Dive & Adventure between 2004 and 2008. The last five visits have been at Den Laman, diving with Dive Friends, starting in 2017.


We had made all of our reservations and paid prior to the planned trip in 2020. These included the Parrotfish one bedroom oceanfront at Den Laman with Sunwise Realty, diving with Dive Friends, and truck rental with AB Car Rental. All three were completely understanding of the cancellation of the 2020 trip and simply moved our reservations to 2021. We even got a modest refund from AB Car, as their rates had decreased a little.

We had initially made our flight reservations through American Airlines for the direct flight from Miami to Bonaire, following a flight from Philadelphia to Miami. We cancelled those flights and were given a voucher. By the time we rebooked in 2021, prices had increased, sad, but not unexpected.


Our flights to and from Bonaire worked out perfectly, but were not completely anxiety free. We had a one hour layover in Miami on the way down, fortunately, our baggage made the trip with us. We left on a Wednesday, the next plane would have been Saturday. The AA app allowing you to track your bags gave us confidence. Our flight back left Bonaire late and gave us a little less than an hour to clear immigration, reclaim and recheck our bags, and get to the gate in Miami. If it were not for Global Entry and TSA Precheck, we would never have ma ... 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, Malpelo
Closest Airport Flamingo Intl Airport, Bonaire Getting There American Airlines Philadelphia to Miami and Miami to Bonaire

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Boats, loose dive time of 60 minutes, generally, stay in sight of guide. Shore, your responsibility
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Dive Friends boats have small camera tubs. Nice rinse tank and table at Sand Dollar/Den Laman pier. ... 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 Nov 16, 2021 11:17 EST  
Excellent and very thorough report Craig. Thanks for taking the time!
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