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Dive Review of Plaza Resort Bonaire in

Plaza Resort Bonaire, Sep, 2014,

by David Bader, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7741.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I'm not going to do a long write-up as there are many on Bonaire. Plaza and Toucan Divers are great but I wanted to bring one issue which caused conflict with our non-divers (wives). Everyone knows that Bonaire has a long reputation for petty theft of dive vehicles. As long as you don't leave anything in the truck and leave all windows and doors open, there's not much worry. That said, this trip had a new wrinkle. Upon arriving at the Plaza Resort at 11pm, my dive buddy and I went into the lobby to register. We left our wives with the rental truck to watch the bags. While we were filing out the registration forms at the counter, a commotion was heard outside with the blaring of a car horn. We went out to find our wives frantic because three local (drunken) men had approached the truck and tried to take my wife's backpack. She kicked him away and started laying on the horn. Meanwhile, a second man grabbed a my friends backpack out of the bed of the pickup. His wife was able to wrestle it away from the man. They ran off as people came out to see what was going on. Is this a step up to a more violent Bonaire? This all happened right in front of Plaza'a lobby. When is the government going to crack down on the theft issue?
Websites Plaza Resort Bonaire   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over. Caribbean, Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans. East Coast US.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recommended 100ft/50Min first dive, 60ft/60Min second dive but no one really checked.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Sep 20, 2014 17:45 EST  
Theft issue is prime reason I have never made a side trip to Bonaire on my annual trip to Aruba. Seems to me the government just looks the other way. Why would you go to a place EXPECTING to get robbed?
By Robert S Kuhn in IL, US at Sep 20, 2014 20:28 EST  
Vote with your wallet, why spend money in a place where you feel uncomfortable? It is a small island with limited access and population of less than 20,000. The locals need to get serious about crime and the impact on their #1 revenue - Tourism. Been to Curacao 3 times and victim twice. Never again.
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