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Dive Review of Mulitple in
Bonaire

Mulitple: "Four Months on Bonaire", Mar, 2019,

by Mark Magers, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 10980 has 2 Helpful votes.

Photos Submitted with this Report


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Senor Tortuga Cleaning Coral Nursery Turtle heading up North Shore Slipper lobster
Sunset from Blennie's Carnaval Baitball! Dark patch it the baitball Inside our apt
Back porch, apt Bite me! Eel vs barjack

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments We spent several months on Bonaire, testing the hypothesis "if we can dive everyday, and economically, will we get bored?" After 4 months, the answer is no.

We tried many of the dive shops, both for shore and boat diving. Our favorite boat operation by far was Bruce Bowker's, which we used to get to dive sites that were not shore-accessible. The boats are smaller, so smaller groups. The divemasters have a lot of experience overall, there are many repeat, older, experienced divers, you have the option to follow the divemaster or do your own profile, only rule stay within recreational dive limits. Most dives averaged 75 minutes.

Bowker does NOT offer nitrox. The support staff is great -- friendly and efficient! Great prices, we did 2-tank dives at $33 per dive, that is really only about 2X what a single tank costs per shore dive. Their prices on gear are the best on the island, and better than US retail AND most internet pricing. This is amazing since a hamburger on Bonaire costs $14 - not a cheap destination! And last but not least, the turnaround on gear service is very fast, 10 minute ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving GBR, Saba, Montserrat, Dominica, Barbados, Cuba, USVI, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, HI, WA, CA, RI
Closest Airport BON Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By peter bernsteinin FL, US at Jul 08, 2019 07:35 EST  
Excellent report- thanks
By report author: Mark Magers in CA, US at Jul 08, 2019 09:06 EST  
Hope it is useful. The hardest part was finding an apartment that was affordable!
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