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None: "Great Shore Diving on bonaire", Aug, 2015,

by Don Melcher, VA, US ( 1 report). Report 8473.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 4th trip to Bonaire, and it just keeps getting better. The first 2 times we stayed at Buddy Dive, who did a great job for us... but then we decided to strike out on our own, and just do shore diving. (you can always go to a resort and take a boat dive if you like) We found a beautiful cottage at Treasure by the Sea, a short walk from the center of Kralendijk. (Chris and Su could not be more helpful and they do a great job) We purchased a weekly air package from Dive Friends, and their multiple locations made it very easy for us to swap out tanks at noon time. The reef on the western side of the island is an easy swim from shore, but some of the dive sites are challenging to enter and exit. You must have hard soled booties or flip flops that you can clip to your BC, as the coral is rough.

If you are planning on shore diving, we found is helpful to park the truck and walk to the site entry, then find the best possible route in before kitting up. You should also plan to carry your fins and mask until you are in shallow water, where you can then get organized.

It was not unusual to see something of interest on the short swim to the reef crest... squid, octopus, spotted eels. The fish population on the reefs is amazing, as the local dive community has done well hunting down lion fish. Once at the reef there were all of the usual characters.. plus frog fish, scorpion fish, moray eels, seahorses, turtles and beautiful corals.

There are several very good restaurants for fine dining, and plenty of smaller places with good food. There are festivals or events on the weekends which are very entertaining. Don't miss a trip to the Donkey Sanctuary, and bring some sliced apples as treats for the donkeys.

Delta flies direct on Saturdays from Atlanta... and there are other direct flights from Newark and Houston. Avoid Insel Air at all costs, as the service is horrible... and you could get stuck before reaching Bonaire. Don't forget your sunblock.. the steady breeze keeps you from feeling the inevitable burn.

Websites [same]Treasure by the Sea

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified] Dominica, Utila, Roatan, Caymen, Western Bahamas
Closest Airport Flamingo Airport Getting There Fly direct on Delta from Atlanta... avoid Insel Air at all costs.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No gloves, no spears, no touching!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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