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Dive Review of Great Adventures/Harbour Village in
Bonaire

Great Adventures/Harbour Village, May, 2008,

by Tom Kelly, sc, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4197.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Fiji, Bali, French Polynesia, maui.palau, all the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Haven't been to Bonaire in 10 years. Prior to that I took the family every year and sometimes and some times twice a year but with college and 4 kids couldn't afford both Bonaire for 6 people and college for 4 kids. Ancient history ALM and Air Jamaica flew to Bonaire. They arrived early and departed at human friendly hours.If you fly American airlines you have to go to Puerto Rico. American likes to fly out of Puerto Rico in a "small" turboprop at 8pm arriving Bonaire 10 pm or on the return American wants to leave in a small Turboprop from Bonaire at 5:30 AM -WHAT!!!! Now delta has flights from Atlanta on Saturday only one day a week. If your scuba gear and clothes doesn't make the flight you'll get it next Saturday on your departure from Bonarire. My flight form Columbia S.C. was canceled so I missed the Delta connection to Atlanta and then to Bonaire. Delta put me on American for 7:30 AM departure and arrived in Bonarie at 10 pm (Through Puerto Rico). of course everything is closed when you get to Bonaire and through customs by 11 pm.A better option to get to Bonaire is fly Delta or American Airlines to Aruba. I believe each airline has two flights a day in a "big" jet and your scuba gear will be on it. On the turbo props sometimes your luggage will come the next day because of weight .Once in Aruba fly Tiara Air (1-297-582-0901) of DAE- Dutch Antillean Airline (1-297-588-1900). you'll have to pick up your luggage from delta or American in Aruba and re-check on Tiara Air or DAE. this easily done and the flights are not expensive. They fly daily and instead of leaving Bonaire every seventh day like Delta DOES(Saturday to Saturday flight). you could spend a day or two extra and fly from Aruba on any day in a big jet. Tiara Air is the National Airline for the Dutch Antilles very Reliable. The Aruba Airport information phoneline is 1-297-524-2424. Stayed at the HARBOR VILLAGE. This is our 3rd time there the 2nd time was ten years ago. when ever we go here we don't take the kids. Only "real" sandy beach in Bonaire. Don't have "Rip-Rap" or Boulders to go around. The old CLOSED Sunset Beach Hotel has a nice beach and soon to be rebuilt as condos in 2010. For now stay at the Harbor village and get a Beach front suite. The hotel restaurant La Balandra (closes at 10 PM) is excellent I had to come all this way to get the best cheeseburger in Paradise. Next to the hotel on the Marina is Vespucci a Mediterranean restaurant and its excellent .About a 100 yards walk from the hotel is Patagonia a steak restaurant and its wonderful.. They beef comes form Venezuela or Columbia. Rent cars from Everts CAR Rentals always been honest with me! The hotel has a wreck off the Beach and a wonderful Reef. we spent 10 days and it was great. I've dove around the world (Palau, Galapagos, Fiji, Bali, etc.)And Bonaire is still so nice to dive. I'm glad milk doesn't just come on the island only on Tuesday any more.
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