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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo: "Decent dive operation; better than average resort", Mar, 2015,

by Samuel B Johnson, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8176.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The dive operation is quite good. Dive shop staff are friendly and very helpful. The dive operation is generally well-run. The normal package is three dives a day, two in the morning, with no return to shore, and one in the afternoon. This is more than many other dive operations where I've gone. Night boat dives can be arranged, but one needs to ask for them and have a minimum number of divers; the dive shop doesn't initiate this. The dive boats are okay, although some are too open and none (I think) have heads. Dive masters are friendly and competent, although the two with whom I dealt could have been better at helping divers find critters. The divemasters recognize and respect competent, experienced divers and let one dive one's own computer and dive plan. The house reef is mediocre to poor but easily accessible. Officially the shore dive is only if one has a buddy, but that is not policed. The equipment lockers are quite nice for one person (bring your own lock) but would be cramped for two, but that's normal for Caribbean dive resorts.

The resort is clean, well-maintained and has all the amenities one would expect. The resort staff are extremely friendly and helpful, with very few exceptions. In our room the mini-kitchen area, although small, was surprisingly well equipped and complete. The room had good beds, adequate closet and drawer space, a clean and well-kept bathroom, a nice sitting area at one end of the room, and a pleasant porch. (Divers would appreciate the addition of bars on the porch for hanging small items to dry.) We were in a second floor room at the north end of the property overlooking one of the swimming pools, and that location was excellent. Porches on the first floor have zero privacy. There is no sandy beach, but there is a sandy area with lounging chairs and umbrellas. The pier next to the bar is nice for sitting and for access to swimming and snorkeling. The breakfast buffet is quite nice with good variety. Eggs, including omelets, cooked at request. The resort restaurant is disappointing. Limited variety, mostly "bar food," and not particularly tasty or appealing in presentation. Do not buy a food-included plan, especially since a great variety of restaurants are immediately available outside the north gate. The Thursday night pasta special meal, however, is worth getting. It is served in what is normally the open dining breakfast area, not in the restaurant. Having said all that, the resort really is only for divers.

The big plus for Divi Flamingo over the other dive resorts on Bonaire with which I'm familiar is the accessibility of town. If one goes out the north gate, one is at one end of the main drag of the town, Kralendijk, e.g., the very nice restaurant "Unbelievable" is one block away from the north gate. If one is traveling with a non-diver partner, as I do, Divi Flamingo is to be highly recommended.
Websites Divi Flamingo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Almost all of my diving has been in the Caribbean. I've dived a half dozen times in California, and once each in North Carolina and the Mediterranean. Caribbean diving includes Dominica, Roatan, Utila, Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Saba, Cozumel and Grand Turk.
Closest Airport Flamingo Internat'l BON Getting There We used InselAir direct from Charlotte, NC, to Curacao and a short connection to Bonaire.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Shore divers at the resort were supposed to dive with a buddy, but this was not policed. On boat dives the divemasters recognized that the group were all experienced divers and enforced no special rules.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments On the dive boat there was a separate bucket for cameras, and the restriction to cameras was enforced. The same was true on the dive dock. Crew were happy to hand equipment to divers in the water and to take up equipment to be returned to the camera bucket.
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By Ronald JOhnsonin TX, US at Apr 10, 2015 19:07 EST  
Havent been there in 25 years. Sounds like absolutely nothing has changed!
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