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Dive Review of The Deep Blue View in
Bonaire

The Deep Blue View, Aug, 2007,

by Janet & Robert Ustruck, TX, United States ( 1 report). Report 3656.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, St. Croix, USVI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Before you can start diving you must do the Bonaire Marine Park Orientation with a local Dive Organization (Deep Blue View did ours)
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 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There were no facilities on the boat to rinse your camera equipment, but there is ample room on the boat for camera gear. Back at the resort there are fresh water rinses and lockers for storage of all gear.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A copy of "Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy" is a must before going to Bonaire to dive. It has just about every shore dive site on the island and how to get in and what to expect. When descriptions said "you have to swim a bit" to reach a point we were expecting a 100 to 200 yard swim when it is usually less than a 40 - 50 yard swim.

The island is very friendly and the food was fantastic. We did not have any problems with theft though we did follow the recommendations of not leaving any valuables in the truck and leaving the truck unlocked.

The night dive at the Town Pier is wonderful and the dive at the Salt Pier is great. Both of these dives require a divemaster to guide you and approval from the harbormaster. It takes a day or two to get all of the paperwork and approvals.

Esther and Menno, the owners of The Deep Blue View are the best. We have never stayed somewhere where we did not want to go home. They are nice, friendly, professional, courteous, fantastic cooks and can answer just about every question you could think of. Both have a wonderful sense of humor and really enjoy doing what they do. The Deep Blue View took care of all of our needs for accomodations (which were great), transportation (no issues at all with the car rental agency), breakfast (wonderful to order dishes) and all of our diving needs (we did boat dives and Klein Bonaire dives with Menno). We were able to pick up our air tanks for shore diving right at The Deep Blue View and were able to store all of our gear in locked lockers right by the rinse tanks. The Deep Blue View does a Wednesday night Rum Punch Sunset Cruise with a barbeque after that is awesome. Esther packed us a gourmet picnic lunch for our trip through the Bonaire National Park that was more than the two of us could eat.
We will definitely go back to Bonaire to dive and we will stay at The Deep Blue View again.
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