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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/Den Laman in
Bonaire

Dive Friends Bonaire/Den Laman: "Bonaire, fantastic again", Aug, 2022,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 46 reports with 47 Helpful votes). Report 12080.

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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
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments My wife and I made our ninth trip to Bonaire and, like the last five visits, stayed at Den Laman and dived with Dive Friends.

Reservations:

We made all of our reservations online, Sunwise Realty for Den Laman, Dive Friends, AB Car Rental, and American Airlines. It all worked out flawlessly.

Travel:

Our flights to and from Bonaire worked out perfectly. We had one stop in Miami. On the way back, my passport was identified at Global Entry for additional baggage screening, no reason was given. Our checked bags were gathered up by a handler and we proceeded to the checkpoint. Nobody knew or could explain the reason for the alert. All our bags, checked and carryon were x-rayed and we were on our way. Fortunately, we were able to recheck our bags, and make it through security in time to make our flight. I always dread returning through Miami, this did nothing to allay my fears.

There was a van at the Bonaire airport, waiting to take us to AB Car to pick up our truck. Our first truck had a couple of problems. At pick up, the truck was parked, back in, to a wall. The AB employee put our bags in the bed. When we got to Den Laman, we discovered that the tailgate would not open. In addition, it took several minutes to extricate my wife from her seatbelt, which would not release. I was starting to think that I would have to cut her out. We exchanged the truck the next morning. This turned out to be the only flaw in a perfect trip.

Travel sure has changed since out last visit in October/November of 2021. No pre-travel Covid test, no Bonaire Public Health Declaration, no antigen test before return to the US. My wife and I have been vaccinated since early 2021 and have been boosted twice. We wore masks on the planes, we were in ... 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, Bahamas, Roatan, Belize, 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 We flew American Airlines Philadelphia to Miami to Bonaire

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Boats have loose one hour dive limit.
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 Boats have rinse tubs and staff are careful with cameras. Den Laman pier has a rinse tub ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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