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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo/Larrys Wildside in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo/Larrys Wildside, Nov, 2004,

by Judy Flagg, NY, USA . Report 1436.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New England, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Grand Cayman, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time restrictions depending upon the site
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The diving in Bonaire was just great. We saw lots of vibrant corals and large numbers of tropical fish. The water was in the 80,s the vis was fine and the diving very easy. We spent several days diving with the staff at the Divi. Unlike most Carribean diving staffs, they provided no help with getting everything on board and changing out your tank after the first dive. The first 2 days no in between dive snack was provided. Despite the small inconvience, the diving was wonderful. The divemaster in the water was great at finding small critters and seahorses. The sites selected had great coral and lots of fish.
We dove with Larrys Wildside one morning. Larry is quite the character. He has a large Zodiac boat and gets the divers in and out of the boat in an almost military fashion. He pointed to you and you were expected to backroll into the water instantly. We did not see any large pelagics on our dives but from what I understand the chances of seeing some are better on that side of the island.
The shore diving was exceptional. We spent some of our time shore diving. We dove Red Slave, the Hooker and then went to the National Park for the day. My advice is to wear hard soled dive booties of even rock boots because of the coral on the shore and in the water.
The Divi is in need of a bit of renovation. We h ad a room on the lower level of the ocean front building. The air conditioner leaked water all over or tile floor makeing it very slippery. We called to have it repaired several times but it continued to be a problem. The walls were flakey and a bit moldy because of the water issue. We had the all inclusive plan. The food was excellent and the bar was great. The bar did close early most nights. The Divi is just a short walk into town.
I would not hesitate to go back to the Divi and dive with their staff. For the price, dealing with the substandard room and having the great diving was worth it.
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