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Dive Review of None/Black Durgon Inn in
Bonaire

None/Black Durgon Inn, Apr, 2009,

by Clay Coleman, LA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4774.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Extensive Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas surge
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The Black Durgon has a nice dive pier, a nice reef, and a rinse tank large enough to accommodate a housed SLR with dual strobes. What more could one ask for?

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Black Durgon is a small, inexpensive, quiet, quaint, friendly, and relaxing place to stay and dive. Most guests are repeat visitors (this was our 4th visit). The house dives are Small Wall (very nice) and Black Durgon Reef (significant storm damage to the reef to a depth of 40'). 3 tanks (either 80s or 63s) daily are included in the dive package, and tanks can be dived on-site or taken anywhere on the island for shore dives. There is no on-site compressor, boat, or restaurant. Accommodations are relatively Spartan, private and very quiet--the antithesis of places like Buddy Dive or Capt. Don's. The perfect place to relax and dive on your own schedule. If a sighting of a pipefish excites you as much as sightings of large or obvious sea life, then this is the place for you. Go with someone you like; you might be the only ones there.
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By Robert Goodman in PA, US at Mar 08, 2013 15:42 EST  
Does anyone know whether Al(from New Jersey) runs the Black Durgon amymore?
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