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Dive Review of Dive Friends Bonaire/BONAIRE EXCLUSIVE in
Bonaire

Dive Friends Bonaire/BONAIRE EXCLUSIVE: "Economy trip to Bonaire", Sep, 2016,

by David Bridenbaugh, OH, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9232 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was out 31st trip to this beloved island. We have stayed at Captain Don's Habitat on numerous occasions and it is always great.
But in recent years we found saving money meaans we can go twice a year.
We book a bugalo with either "Happy Holiday Homes" Louise has a nice website or Bonaire exclusive for $85 to $110 per night for the bungalo. Either way you can get a nice unit with a full kitchen, decent bedroom, living room, porch, and nice place to wash and store gear, clotheline and access to washer and drier. We usually go to one of the supermarkets and buy foodstuffs and cook in for most meals while dining at "Rum Runners" for some of our meals.
We secure a dive package from "Dive Friends" and can get free upgrade to NITROX for a very competitive price. Our diving is mostly shore diving since Bonaire is known for great shore diving but you can reserve boat dives there also. They have 6 locations up and down the coast to swap out tanks for new one which makes it very convenient.

We rent our truck from Telerin Rental (they have a web page) and "Poppy" the lady who owns it is great to deal with and they meet you at the airport with the truck and you just leave it at the airport when you leave.

This arrangement has saved us hundreds of dollars each trip and given us freedom to go diving where and when with our own privacy and "kick back" making the diving soooo sweet.

We pack a lunch throw tanks in the truck with our gear and navigate up and down the coast (not talking about many miles folks if you've never been here lol) to the easy to find sites and get in and out as our profile allows.

I encourage some information gathering and planning and you will have a great time for bargain costs.
I will allow some of the other divers to describe the great diving on this "diver's paradise" island.
We are aready booked for May 2017!
Websites Dive Friends Bonaire   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Curacao, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Roatan, all over the Caribbean and florida
Closest Airport Flamingo Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-83°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Boat diving the usual hour come back 500 lbs. Most times a Dive Master in to show you the good stuff.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

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