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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo: "Easy diving, great location, iffy food", Mar, 2017,

by Ken, ON, CA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 9509 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Multiple Caribbean, Hawaii, PNG
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Morning boat dives are 2 tanks, 45 minutes each with a 30 minute SI. Afternoon boat dive is 60 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 3 clearly marked camera rinse tanks on the dock along with a fresh water hose. No comp ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Once again a repeat visit for us. The only real difference was we were late to book and so ended up in one of the more expensive timeshare suites. Bonus was the room was much closer to the dive dock.

Bad news: The renos have been completed. Unfortunately the spruced up parts of the resort seemed to highlight the untouched shabby parts. And the new stuff is running downhill quickly. The new bathrooms were needed, but ours already had lots of dar ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at Mar 15, 2017 17:18 EST  
Thanks for taking the time to share your report! Next time you are in Bonaire, you might want to consider staying at Den Laman Condominiums. You will get all of the benefits you enjoy at Divi and none of the negatives (in my opinion). My only complaint with staying there in the past was with the associated dive operator-- however, that has since changed and much for the better now that Dive Friends runs things. All the best!
By Michael L Lewis in TN, US at Mar 16, 2017 17:04 EST  
Question: what is current situation with petty theft. We have avoided going back to Bonaire because of it. We would like to return if it's improved.
By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at Mar 16, 2017 17:12 EST  
My feeling is that it is not significant enough to keep me away. We do have the practice of leaving the car windows down and nothing in the car except spare tanks in the back of the truck, which no one will steal. While diving, we take cash, credit card/debit card, ID and car key and put them in a waterproof holder that goes into the BC pocket. Keep windows down and to demonstrate that there is nothing of value and prevent anyone from breaking a window to see if there is something of value. No problems so far. Will be back again in August.
By Michael Hellums in OR, US at Mar 17, 2017 04:28 EST  
I would like to report that on our last trip to Bonaire we took all the recommended precautions against theft mentioned above, yet we left our apartment one day to find our rental truck windows broken and steering column smashed in, making the truck undriveable. This happened overnight while parked inside a gated apartment complex, just across the street from Sand Dollar Condos. Another apartment dweller had his vehicle stolen outright. Major hassle, loss of dive time filing police reports (who were indifferent) and getting a replacement truck, plus $500 out of pocket, even with insurance. We won't be back to Bonaire any time soon.
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