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Dive Review of Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort Bonaire in
Bonaire

Toucan Diving/Plaza Resort Bonaire, May, 2006,

by Gregory Kiyoi, CA, USA . Report 3044.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, Cayman, Florida, California, Channel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On the boat dives the crew mentioned a 60 minute dive limit, which we often exceeded and during our shore dives there were no limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 Rinse bucket on the boats and at the dive shop. Most shore diving there was nothing unless you brought fresh water with you. This wasn't too much of a problem, you just need to put your camera in the car or out of the sun as you removed your gear or changed tanks.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The boat crews were not the most eager or helpful and some people did require help and had to ask for it repeatedly.

The dive store/land portion was very accomodating, there were plenty of nitrox tanks whenever we needed them. Two analzyers were available right at the tank area. On the boats there was an analyzer on each boat.

The two crew members on the boat we had, Jackson and Sherman, would "steal" the fruit juice that was given to them for the divers every morning. We didn't realize this until other members from our group switched boats and asked where the juice was!

Jackson was very rude about tipping and using him for the pier dives as well.

The diving was extremely EASY and we were able to get 30 dives in the 6 dive days we were there. The house reef at the resort was very nice as was Buddy's house reef as well.

We dove the East side (next to the nudiest resort) and besides the 1/2 mile walk in knee high water, penetrating the surf break (of elkhorn and staghorn coral) it was an awesome dive and saw over 100 3-5' Tarpon. Well worth the work, but this is only for advanced divers.

Red Slave was very disappointing - coral/fish wasn't too good there and we didnt' see anything big there either.

White Slave is an awesome site and in the coral rubble on the way out there were tons of small life to see.

The lake, Angel City, Alice in Wonderland, Aquarius, Salt city, The Invisibles were also very nice. We did several night dives at the Lake.

The salt pier was an excellent twilight dive, which we did right before we did the town pier dive (at night).

Karpata was excellent along with Ol' blue, Oil Slick Leap, 1000 steps, . Two of our group had a battery stolen at Ol' Blue, so when we got there we dove in "shifts" to avoid a similar incident.


Town pier was incredible and after 90 minute dive we headed in and saw a 14+ lb spiny lobster eating a fish carcass.

Casablanca and Cactus Blue were awesome restaurants worth a visit.

All in all it was a great trip and very easy for the novice diver, with a lot to offer the advanced diver as well.
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