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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/VRBO in

Dive Friends Bonaire/VRBO: "Great Dive Operator, Sparse Marine Life and a Healthy Crime Rate", Sep, 2015,

by Kent O. Bonde, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 8380.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Mediterranean, Pacific, South Atlantic and the Caribbean
Closest Airport Flamingo Airport Bonaire Getting There Insel Air/Air Aruba from Miami via Aruba

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All diving we did was shore diving along the leeward side of the island. While drop-off profiles could bottom out as deep as 120+ feet, the more prolific coral and marine life was located between the 20-60 foot range.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Great macro opportunities on shore diving; but not convenient to carry spare batteries, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We just spent a week diving in Bonaire and can't say enough about the very unique and convenient approach with which Dive Friends Bonaire has established to provide tank rentals to its customers, with multiple and conveniently located drop-off and pick up locations around the Island. We opted for the unlimited air and nitrox package, providing us six days of unlimited tank rentals at a very reasonable ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By rskuhnin , at Oct 02, 2015 11:13 EST  
Did you report the crime to the Police? If you can not control crime on an island with a small population and limited outside access, you have a real problem. Until the locals realize tourism is their #1 industry and get serious about stopping crime, the problems will continue.
By report author: Kent O. Bonde in FL, US at Oct 05, 2015 11:56 EST  
Yes, the police showed up promptly, took our report and went about investigating the scene. They also informed us that while we didn't hear it from them, that these kinds of occurances have become fairly common. It appears that enterprising criminals are casing known rental properties and monitoring the comings and goings of renters to plan their hits.
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