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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo, Jul, 2014,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 7662 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We recently had a group of 12 divers staying at Divi Flamingo. The rooms are good-sized, although a bit worn, but perfectly functional. The AC worked great and was quiet; the LCD TV had lots of channels. There was a refrigerator and coffee maker.The bathroom had a combination tub/shower and lots of counter space, always a positive for me. We had an oceanview room and it was nice and quiet at night. The in-room Wifi was pretty fast, although the entire resort lost their internet for a day. There are two pools on the property. The buffet breakfast was part of our dive package and there were lots of choices ranging from ceral to eggs to pancakes. Themed dinner buffets, such as pasta and taco, were offered, as well as regular menu items. The food there was tasty and my husband and I split many meals. The resort was handy to town where shopping and dining were readily available. There is a small casino on the property.

Shore diving in front of the resort was decent, with shallow and deeper water available. Night dives from the dock were easy and we saw octopus and eels; tarpon used our dive lights to hunt, which was a pain. It was handy having the dive lockers on the dock to load gear onto the boat and for jumping into the water to shore dive. There were also two sets of stairs for entering and exiting the water.

Our dive boat was roomy, the dive guides were great, and boarding and checking Nitrox was efficient. Our boat dives were a nice mix of Klein Bonaire plus other sites, including one 100' wreck. We saw a huge school of dolphins on the way to one dive site. Underwater we saw a few turtles, a couple seahorses and frogfish, lots of cleaning stations, healthy soft corals, and one impressive loggerhead turtle. Not too many lionfish, but lots of smaller schooling fish.

This is fantastic diving for beginners, great diving for experienced divers, and good diving for us old-timers that have been everywhere.

Check into turtle hatching opportunities if you have a rental car.

My only complaint the entire week was that our hot water disappeared towards the end of the week and telling the front desk didn't seem to have any effect.
Websites Divi Flamingo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bikini, Cocos Island, Socorro, Guadalupe, Micronesia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits were recommended, but follow your computer. Fifty minutes max, but we went over a few times.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera table or rinse bucket on the boat, but boat rides were short. Three rinse buckets on the dock plus fresh water hose.
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