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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

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P.O. Box 68, Bonaire
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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
Ranked #4 of 19 Bonaire B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
New York, New York, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly staff and gorgeous cottage on the water. Our tanks were always ready and when we wanted 2 each for the day it was no problem. My aunt had a problem with her reg and they helped her with it immediately. They also have outdoor lockers for the wet gear to hang in overnight. The dock is great to watch... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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108 reviews 108 reviews
18 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

There is no red carpet and there is no doorman! There is a very affordable luxury of a quiet retreat from civilization only steps from the sea, There is a kind and caring staff that ensure comfort and cleanliness. The dive boats are simple and comfortable, the dive masters knowledgeable, attentive, and pleasant. Simplicity is comfortable and affordable without having... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

It ain't 5-stars. It comfortable and friendly, like staying at a friend's house. We've been staying and diving with Bruce & his staff since the mid 1980s. Our last visit was in 2009. It was good to see folks we've known and been diving with for 25+ years again.

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Naples
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was my fourth visit. This is the perfect spot for serious divers. It is not a luxury resort, but the accommodations are adequate. The staff is friendly. The dive masters are the most knowledgeable that I have ever met. It is convenient to town - restaurants and shopping. It is a great value. Even the dive shop has great... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We stayed at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn during a trip to the Caribbean in November. The place was great and the staff super, super friendly. We did one to two boat dives with the Carib Inn every day and had a great experience with them. They go out in small groups of only 4-8 divers and have very experienced dive... More

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Bonaire
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Having worked in the dive industry and travelled half the globe to dive the most remote places, we have seen a fair amount of dive operations. Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn sets a new standard for service and prices. We did nit stay at the Carib Inn but as residents we bought dive gear at retail prices lower than at the... More

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Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Just got back from our 5th trip to Bonaire and our 5th stay at Bruce's Carib Inn. There's no better way to explain why so many people go back to this place - it simply feels like a home away from home. Thanks Bruce and team for keeping everything that way, year after year!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We were a group of 9 divers with a wide variety of skill levels from beginner to experienced. The Carib Inn folks were great, incredibly patient, very organized, and friendly. Bruce gives a great "buoyancy talk" (believe me it's funnier than it sounds) that all of us learned from, even experienced divers! They were reasonably priced, helpful for both boat... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

What a fantastic place for divers, and even some of us who don't dive. Bruce worked to accommodate our family of 4 adults even though our plans didn't fit the usual weekly schedule. The entire staff is knowledgeable and eager to exchange information about diving and Bonaire's 100+ shore dive sites. In the week we were there, I don't think... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I completed my open water dives with Gary to become a certified diver and couldn't have asked for a better experience! He made the experience comfortable and exciting! My parents also certified with him the year before. Everyone in the shop is great to deal with and knowledgable. We did a night dive guided by Gary and it was one... More

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Additional Information about Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

Address: P.O. Box 68, Bonaire
Location: Caribbean > Bonaire
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Bruce Bowker`s Carib Hotel Bonaire
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn Bonaire, Caribbean

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