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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo: "Great diving for beginner and experienced divers.", Jun, 2016,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 8978 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 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We traveled to Divi Flamingo, Bonaire in 2014, after an absence of many years, and were so impressed that we returned this June with a group of 25 divers. We did three boat dives each day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon, and enjoyed them all, especially the ones at Klein Bonaire. It was a bit crowded with 23 divers on the same 44’ Newton, but it was nice having the group together.

Divi Flamingo is spread out over a large area, with two pools, ocean front and pool view rooms, studio apartments, and three places to eat. My husband and I ended up in a second floor pool view room and were very happy with it; it was quiet, looked over the pool and grounds, and we also had a partial ocean view. The bathrooms have been re-done since we were there two years ago.

The breakfast buffets were great, with made-to-order eggs, sausage, bacon, fried potatoes, fruit, toast, bagels, yogurt, and plenty more to supply lots of energy. We enjoyed the divers’ lunch buffet for a couple days, until they were ended due to lack of participation—too bad! Dinners were either on the premises or in town, a short walk away. Meals can be a bit pricey; many of us walked to the nearby convenience store and stocked up on bread, peanut butter & jelly, and other goodies to store in the room refrigerators. There are a couple more grocery stores further away, but also within walking distance. We found that full meals at lunch at Divi ran about $10 cheaper than pretty much the same meal at dinner time.

The water temperature was 84-85 degrees while we were there, with 80-100’ visibility, minimum. Air temperatures hovered in the high 80’s most of the time, but the constant breeze kept us comfortable. The room AC kept things cool.

Although we’re used to high-octane Pacific diving, the diving we did was not boring. At 18 Palms, I got in the middle of a huge baitball with jacks darting in for a snack, an unusual occurrence for Bonaire. We saw several spotted snake eels, three frog fish, a couple seahorses, several turtles, and a few lionfish. It was juvenile trunkfish season—so cute! A couple octopus were spotted. We spent half an hour watching one feeding during a shore dive in front of the resort; he changed color constantly as he moved, and frequently got attacked by damselfish protecting their eggs. The Hilma Hooker had great vis, a couple tarpon, and sergeant majors that attacked fins and other body parts that got too close to their nests. There were several eels, including a snowflake and a chain moray.

When it was time to leave at the end of our week, I wanted to stay for another! We will return.
Websites Divi Flamingo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos, Socorro, Tahiti, Malaysia, Indonesia, Micronesia, Galapagos, Cayman Islands, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There Easy flights on Delta or United.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were allowed to do our own thing, but most everyone followed the guides, who moved really slow--great for photographers!
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 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments One big garbage can for cameras on the boat, but another container was added upon request. Large rinse bin on the dock. No camera table on the boat.
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