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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

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J.A. Abraham Blvd 46, Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Jackson, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A place to make friends for life. Amazing staff, comfortable rooms, outstanding dive shop and the most knowledgeable dive guides on the island. The house reef never ceases to amaze and the seaside pavilion is a great place for catching Bonaire's amazing sunsets. If I can't stay at the Carib Inn, I change my dates.

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I stayed at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn this past February. We'd never been to Bonaire, and were looking for a top dive operation that also offered good value accommodation. Bruce's property met our every expectation. First, the Inn is about a 5 minute cab ride from the airport (the proximity never, ever bothered us), and an easy... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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324 reviews 324 reviews
123 hotel reviews
526 helpful votes 526 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I only dove with Carib Inn on one occasion. They offer daily single tank boat trips, one in the morning and one in the afternoon at $22 per single tank boat, plus air. They do not have nitrox. The boat that I was in did not have any seats, rather you sat on the edge of the boat. I did... More 

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Our boats always have oxygen on board. Virtually no dive boats on Bonaire carry life vests. Boats are always close to shore. We offer two tanks dives on our charters. More 

La Jolla, California, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Bruce is legendary on the island for the go-to guy and has diagnosed some very difficult problems with my gear almost immediately that no one else could. The Inn is spotless and the dive shop crammed with just what you need! Wish I could have stayed here but they were booked solid and I can see why!

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Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

My mom and I stayed at Bruce's over Christmas and had a fantastic time. It's no frills but feels like home, and it's easy to understand why guests come back year after year. Enjoying a few drinks while watching the sunset and chatting with new friends was a nightly occurrence. We received our AOW certification this trip with Linda, who... More 

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Kralendijk, Bonaire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Bruce Bowker is the guy other dive shops send their customers to when they need a piece of scuba equipment repaired. I've known Bruce for over 37 years, and he is one of the most helpful scuba professionals on the island. I recently took me regulator to him to have it adjusted as the other dive shop couldn't do anything... More 

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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
17 hotel reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Please ignore this review. We have been coming to the Carib Inn for over 20 years and we don't want it to get too popular. Bruce, Kitty, Linda, Karen, Edward, Richie, Arturo, and everyone else are simply the most wonderful people. Bruce is a bit of a curmudgeon but Kitty counterbalances that because she is so sweet and wonderful. You'll... More 

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Tallahassee, FL
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The dive shop at Carib Inn is run by the owner, Bruce. Great prices if you need equipment but more importantly best repair place on the island. On more than one occasion Bruce has save us the agony of renting equipment because of a failure of some part.

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Kelso, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

The greatest crew, the greatest diving, and accommodations to suit everyone. We had a great trip, couldn't ask for anything more! Boat divers, and shore divers alike are all taken care of at the Carib Inn. They really pay attention to detail! The Inn is situated right on the sea, and the dive boat is just a few steps from... More 

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Pueblo, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We are just completing our second delightful stay at the Carib Inn. The accomodations are super with very reasonable studios with kitchenettes all the way to three bedroom units. We love the dive options here with daily boat dives and week long tank fills. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The house reef has plentiful fish life and has... More 

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