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Dive Review of Wannadive/Yacht Club Apts in
Bonaire

Wannadive/Yacht Club Apts, Mar, 2005,

by Bob, VA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 1638.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Turk, Belize, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None--shore diving
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I carried a party of 8 to Bonaire over March 23-30. It was my second and last trip due to the rampant theft. Three years ago when my wife and I came, we had heard about this problem and it was apparent then. Most dive sites, particularly the remote ones, were covered with car window glass from break-ins. If anything, the problem has gotten worse, and maybe more dangerous. On this trip, the four guys in our party had a face-off with two cars of locals who followed us from Karpata to an unmarked site past the Bopac terminals, and then to Rincon--obviously intent on stealing our gear.

I discovered the "Bonaire Talk" website after I got back. There, I found that people in the Carib Inn, where we intended to stay, were robbed while we were in Bonaire, but staying in the Yacht Club Apartments. Then I found that someone was robbed in the Yacht Club Apartments 10 days before we got there. It seems obvious that thieves are moving from the easy car hits to rooms and, in our case in Rincon, audacity on the road. It is very hard for me to believe that the local authorities are helpless. It is much easier to believe that they are either involved or don't care because the tourists will be gone in a few days.

I am going to do my best to spread my feelings around several dive-oriented sites where I correspond. I have plenty of other good sites to refer people to without them being subjected to this mess. I am also notifying the U.S. State Department about the problem in hopes of having them issue a cautionary note to U.S. tourists.

A poster on the Bonaire Talk site suggested that posting complaints might alert someone on Bonaire that a tourist revolt could well result unless something is done. I am taking her suggestion. At this point I would NOT recommend Bonaire to anyone.
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