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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

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J.A. Abraham Blvd 46, Kralendijk, Bonaire
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying at Carib Inn is consistently a pleasure. There have been improvements including a new deck to watch sunsets. There is now a feature where you can charter a dive boat. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The dive masters are outstanding the rooms comfortable and the location great. Wonderful to be back!

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Princeton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in room 7, had a kitchen and a beautiful ocean view. My partner is a diver but I'm not, I still had a great time while he dove. You feel like you are part of a family while you're there. I would stay again!!

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Drobak, Norway
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10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We have been there 7 times. The Place is fantastic for divers. You can have 90 min dives. The entire staff is wonderful. Those who clean for us and those who fill the air for us. Especially, we love the dive masters Karen and Linda.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Sadly I did not stay at this Inn while visiting the island but rather another resort up the street a little ways. However, on the first day of my trip my airsource was free flowing and I was not confident in the expertise of the staff at my resort. I looked up some information about local repairs on dive equipment... More 

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Jackson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

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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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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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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