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Dive Review of Great Adventures/Harbour Village in
Bonaire

Great Adventures/Harbour Village, Jul, 2008,

by Bruce Levine, FL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 4198.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Caymans(All3), Turks, Bahamas, Roatan, Cozumel, Hawaii, BVI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour/ 100Ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments I give a 3 for overall rating because there is no photo shop or professional on site. Water was infrequently changed in the camera rinse tanks on land.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Good
Beautiful resort, great rooms and restaurant. Service was good at the resort, close to 4 star. Lloyd the bellman should be teaching classes to the staff. Get the Beachfront premiere suite and ask for a lower level unit. Easier to haul your gear and much more convenient to the beach and pool areas. Food was great. Go to Guernica(good fish) and Capriccios(excellent wines). La Balandra at the resort and Vespuccis are great, Patagonia was good. Best Meal was at the Rose Inn in Rincon. Local foods, great goat stew!
Diving was very good. We dived 3X/day with the resort boat. Great and friendly Guides,Nollie, Malin, Alphonso, Sylvia and Leo. Knew where to go and picked some great sites. The diving in Bonaire is excellent. Healthy reefs and moderately clear water. Lots of life, but not much diversity from site to site. After 4-5 days we did not see much that we hadn't seen already. But, the diving was still great. Boat is large and comfortable. Rarely did we have more than 8-10 divers. (there were 5 of us).
The Bad
Nothing was bad. This resort is a 4 star and could be a 5 star resort with just a little effort. I think some minor staff training, and more personalized diving services like a valet diving system should be a given for what a vacation costs there. Also an in house UW photographer would be a big help. Flights to Bonaire from Fl stink! Long connections via American and having to leave our hotel at 5:15AM to come home bites!
I wish I knew to book the Salt Pier prior to arriving and to book Larrys for an east coast dive. Other than that all else was great.
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