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Dive Review of Divi Dive Bonaire in

Divi Dive Bonaire, Jul, 2008,

by Joe, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4212.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our sixth trip to Bonaire. Bonaire marine park effort is really paying off. Seahorses, Frog Fish and Turtles are prolific-an almost every day occurance or more. First time we came there was one seahorse that the dive master went and got, brought back to show divers and then returned him to his hiding place. Now they point them out and keep on going. Corals are generally in great shape. However, Bonaire is not the place for sharks--biggest thing you see are Tarpon. $25 charge for marine park fee is a still a bargain.

If you are a beginner or have not dove in a year or two and want to get back into the swing of things, this is the world easiest diving. Currents are virtually nil. Navigation is as easy as going out with the reef on your right and coming back in the opposite direction the shallows. The prolific sealife in the shallows virtually guarntees that the last 15 minutes of your dive is a safety stop.

Experience divers will enjoy the multitude of fish and critters and the healthy reef and the ability to do as many shore dives as you want to do (or that your computer will allow). However, if you like to go deep, Bonaire is really not the place for you.

Dive Bonaire operation attitude has bounced back after last trip (two years ago)and all of the crews were friendly and helpful. BIG FYI is that marine park regulations require orientation speech and check out dive from shore/dock before you can get on boat, so if you are arriving Saturday and won't be on time for 9:30am orientation, you won't be doing Sunday morning boat two tank dive, so buy your dive package (or schedule your flight)with this in mind. Shore/dock dive right off resort however is a very good dive during the day and although we did not do the night dive this time, others reported Tarpon and multiple octopi.

Divi Flamingo is still in transition with some improvements to the rooms, but the make over not quite complete. But, if you are diving most of the day, who cares that much about the room. Resturant on site are quite tired-same menu from 1996-but staff remains friendly. Breakfast buffet is passable but resturants in and on the way to town are the way to go for lunch and dinner--five to ten minute walk. Everywhere is flip flops and shorts so don't worry about dressing up unless you want to. Everyone has their favorites so just ask around. My group loves Cappricio's (Wine Spectator award winning list), Mona Lisa, and Donna and Georgio's to name a few. We continue to stop in to new places each time we go and generally everything is very good to excellent or it does not survive.

A lot of development (condos, shore side houses) so we will have to see how the next few years of building impacts reefs etc., but no ill effects witnessed on this trip. On positve environmental note Bonaire is in process of developing wind power farm and has announced its goal of having a fossil fuel free electrical system.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bay Islands, Belize, Cayman, Cozumel, Fiji, Paupa New Guinea, Saba, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive Profiles (depth and minutes)were announced for each dive but loosely enforced. Shore diving is own your own for those who want to shore dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 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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