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Dive Review of VIP Diving/Club Nautico in

VIP Diving/Club Nautico , Apr, 2014,

by Scott Knobler, NY, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7649 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We have been going to Bonaire for going on 10 years now. I have been meaning to post a review of VIP Diving for a while now as it is well deserved for them. Bas Noij runs a tight ship and the dive shop is one of the most well run businesses around.

Bonaire diving is always a pleasure but diving with VIP brings things to another level. Safety is of the utmost of importance and dive briefings are always thorough and accurate. I have been diving Bonaire for almost 10 years now and I always dive with the folks at VIP. They also have one of the cleanest compressors I have seen and Nitrox is now available.

One of the best things about diving with VIP is the personal care that seems to come naturally from all of the folks there. It does not come off as forced or as a money grab as many places do. It is quite obvious that all who work there love their job and everyone seems to get along quite nicely. There is always an effort to change up the dive sites or to track down certain things (ie. frogfish) that you want to see. Whether it is diving on the East Side with a more challenging entry or strolling in through the sand, going with VIP makes things a real treat and far better than going unguided. They always know the best entry points and what sites to dive or not dive due to weather conditions. Want to see a frogfish? No problem, done. I recall one dive where Bob said he was going to try to show us, not 1 but 3 seahorses. Lo and behold...3 freaking seahorses on one dive!

I have had the pleasure to dive with Bas, Bob and Frank and had a wonderful time diving with each of them. All 3 have well trained/conditioned eyes that will most definitely catch stuff that you would most likely miss.

We ended the last dive of the trip by swimming with a massive Loggerhead turtle. What a treat!

I can't imagine a more well run dive shop than VIP divers and I very highly recommend them to any visitors traveling to Bonaire.
Websites VIP Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Saba, Turks and Caicos, Key West, Key Largo, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions typical recreational limits.
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 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

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