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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo: "Good Diving", Nov, 2016,

by richard s mcgowan, CT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 9396.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our first trip to Bonaire. Some of the easiest diving we have done. Dive sites are no more than 20 minutes out at the longest. Little if any current. good vis. We boat dove in the a.m. (2 dives) x 6; then shore dove in the p.m. x 3. Aside from a family with teenagers, we were the about the youngest at 62. Dove in a rash shirt and shorts as water, top to bottom, was 87 degrees.

Dive group was professional, usually 10-12 divers in a group which got a bit crowded at spots where the DM "showed something" but we worked around it. easy going; dives were generally 50-60 minutes and no pressure to come up before 60 minutes. Had 60 divers at the resort (that number was doubling the next week). Lockers at the dock so at most a 60 foot walk with gear to boat. BRING A SMALL LOCK - no crime but "keeps others from using the wrong locker." I bought one at the dive shop for $3 and hooked it but didn't lock it. Usual facilities. Camera tanks on board, with water and fruit in between dives.

Tarpins (they don't get sharks), turtles, rays, eels, squid, seahorses, abundant fish, some beautiful corral. The summer hurricane surge did some damage to the corral (especially at a couple of Klein Bonaire sites) and "moved the fish around so we don't know where they are now" but still a nice time.

Shore diving. Went south first. day 1 was nicest, though a little tough getting over the first 20 feet of bottom stone and shore rocks. Day 2 was tough. there were shore breaks and we ended up not doing second dive as too tough to get in and out. Day 3 pm was a washout. Day 4 was same as day 2. We drove north to check the dive sites and they seemed more difficult to get to than the southern ones (steps or climbing down rocks). So at that point we decided to boat dive in the p.m. You need a car to shore dive; the shop left tanks in a hut by the parking lot so eay p/u d/o.

There is a small mart a block outside the hotel main entrance (just keep walking straight out the driveway) where you can buy soda, milk etc. Or a new large super market about 2 miles away that has everything.

We took the breakfast meal plan; ate lunch in our room sandwiches or leftovers. We ate in town first couple of nights then, last 3 at the bar. It had just reopened after renovation (it is hidden behind the bathrooms) so there were some kinks but we were fine with happy hour and some burgers. Town is a 10 minute walk with plenty of restaurants. there is also a restaurant at the resort but we didn't go - they had usual menu plus all you can eat buffet that differed each night - i.e. one night was BBQ.




Websites Divi Flamingo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Cozumel, Caymans, Bahamas, Key West
Closest Airport Getting There United direct from EWR on Saturdays

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 87-87°F / 31-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-90 Ft/ 23-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions max depth and time but they were flexible if they felt comfortable with you.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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