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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo, Jan, 2014,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 7480 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our 13th trip to Divi Flamingo & it remains a favorite. Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC, brought about 22 divers for a New Year's trip to Bonaire. We flew Insel Air out of Charlotte, leaving an hour late, changing planes in Curaçao, the going over to Bonaire, arriving about 10:00 pm. It would be nice going directly to Bonaire, but, oh, well.
The rooms are adequate for divers, & are clean & generally good overall. The downstairs rooms had an occasional whiff of sewage, but not too much of a problem.
The food is good, & the morning buffet is quite good, especially the omelettes made to order. The staff is extremely nice, Diana & Marie Jeanine especially standing out.
The dive operation is excellent, & very environmentally savvy. The boats are good, with oranges after the first dive, & plenty of water. Our dive guides, Alvin & Laurel are superb & look out F&O all types of critters.
The viz was fair & the water temp 79-80 degrees. This was 2 degrees cooler than the same time here 6 years ago. The corals look in good shape, but we saw more lionfish than when we were here 6 months ago. Overall, the fishlife was really good. However, we saw no turtles except one on the surface. Only 2 sea horses were seen this week.
We ate at Capriccio's, Wil's Tropical Grill, It Rains Fishes, & At Sea & all were excellent.
Our flight left at 7:45 am, changing planes again in Curaçao, then back to Charlotte by 2:00 pm.
This is a consistently excellent dive destination, especially for new divers & experiences also. We will definitely return.
Websites Divi Flamingo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over Carribean, Truk, Australia, keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70'-50'; 50'-45'; 60'-50'
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments My wife, the photographer, had no complaints.
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