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Dive Review of Divi Flamingo in
Bonaire

Divi Flamingo: "Really nice week of diving", Jul, 2017,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 9661 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our dive group from Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC returned for another week at Bonaire, one of our favorite dive locales. My wife & I have about 20 times or so & continue to return.
We flew from Columbia, SC, changing planes in Atlanta & then to Bonaire (4 hours) via Delta. The hotel is convenient &there is really good shore diving in front of the hotel.
The boats are fine with excellent dive crew. Rofino & Ebby were our dive,asters & Alvin & several others on the other Wateree boat.
The reefs looked pretty good & we saw only 3 lion fish all week as they try to control them. We saw one ray, but a good many turtles. There were more sea horses found this trip than any we have been on. We saw 7 juvenile trunfish in 1 crevice which was awesome. There were a lot of juveniles present. The dive operation is " A plus"!
There are a new Myers of good local restaurants close by. We ate breakfast at the hotel, then went out at night. We enjoyed Capriccio's. It Rains Fishes, Patagonia, Divers Den, Cuba Compagnie, & for dessert, Gino's Gelato. Wonderful!
Divi Flamingo has many good staff members & all were pleasant & helpful to us. Now, the problem is in the 700 series of rooms which are time shares. We were in 704 & it was damp, dark, without a working stovetop, occasionally working microwave & & just plain old & out of date. The local staff does about the best they can with what they have, but the upper level management & owners need to improve those rooms or their business will drop precipitously. There has been talk of upgrading those rooms, but so far no action. Some even asked if they could dive with Divi & stay somewhere else. We'll see what happens, but the 700 series of rooms need a LOT of work.
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 Atlanta to Bonaire

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Depth was major limit, time not as much.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No complaints per my wife, the photographer.
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