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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo: "Continues to be a great diving destination", Jul, 2016,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 8971.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC returned for our annual trip to Bonaire with Divi Dive at the Divi Flamingo resort. This was the 19th visit here for my wife & me. The hotel is suited for divers & the staff is quite friendly & always had a great service first attitude. The breakfasts were very good at the hotel restaurant, Pure Oceans with made to order omelets, etc. The resort is within easy walking distance to several excellent restaurants so we did not need a vehicle. The dive operation has maintained consistency & is well managed by Serge who has been there about 15 years. The dive masters have been there for a number of years & know our group well. Laurel, Rofino, Alvin & Luis were superb. The boats are good & the nitrox fills were consistent. Two morning dives & an afternoon dive is the norm with night dives being easily done on the house reef in front of the dive shop. The fish life was excellent, with fewer lion fish & more juveniles seen. Turtles, sea horses, spotted eagle rays , were seen regularly. The viz was excellent, generally 80-100 feet.
The water temp was 82-83 degrees & a rash guard was comfortable. This is a consistently excellent dive operation & we will continue to return.
The only hassle returning is dealing with the TSA in Atlanta. They do not have a TSA Precheck line when reentering security so we were with hundreds of others ( without Precheck) & it was a drag. Why have TSA Precheck if they don't have a line for that??
Otherwise it was a great trip.
Websites Divi Flamingo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Truk, Australia, etc.
Closest Airport 1 mile Getting There Delta has flights every Saturday & Sunday from Atlanta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally 70 feet first dive, 50 second dive.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments My wife, he photographer, had no complaints.
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By Dewey Hessin VA, US at Jul 05, 2016 07:41 EST  
I agree about the TSA in Atlanta. When we returned from Grand Cayman in May we had 2 hours and 40 minutes to get through security. Nearly missed our next flight as TSA was so slow and the line was incredibly long.
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