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Dive Review of Photo Tours/Windsock in
Bonaire

Photo Tours/Windsock, Nov, 2004,

by Trevor Cramer, Alberta, Canada . Report 1452.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Jamaica, Cozumel, Bahama's
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [No gloves (great idea)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [My Dive buddy and I(My buddy's 43 and I am 44 years old) had bad intel for the trip,did not do enough research via web or other. Our trip package was done though Ocean Sports of Edmonton, and guided by Karl. Our package said unlimited shore dives with 4 per rented truck and condo unit,we found that 4 per truck was a bit crowded and very hard to get in more than 2-3 dives a day,-to many divers with different dive habits. We wanted to dive 3-4 times a-day,others were happy with 1 or 2 dives,we didn't travel all that way to lose out on some dives...Rent your own truck per dive buddy/habit team. The condo had no soap/shampoo,toilet paper,no ceiling fans or any gear hooks and hangers, was right next to the Airport and a 7 minute drive to town, not very convenient... That info was not related to us so we had some issues. We would rather stay in town for the convenience. You have to drive all over the island to the different dive sites anyway so staying in town would be better for us. Photo Tours Dive Shop was very professional,the 1 boat dive we took was very good with exceptional service from the Divemaster Chili and his assistant Divemaster, although we missed a couple of apparently excellent guided shore dives...the dive shop should give each diver a list of potential guided dives available! The food experience was great,Lost Penguin,Chibi Chibi,.The weather kind of sucked, a bit of a tropical storm blew though,although we were told it was very unusual, the diving was great, a bit more work than boat dives but you learn lots of great skills, not getting tumbled in the surf, navigation, dive profiles, currents and surge, organizational skills, weather and tidal watching. The Island was beautiful and not ruined by any overdevelopment,the people were very freindly and the Dutch ladies very sweet... I'll be baacckk...
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