Bonaire describes itself as a Divers Paradise. Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn delivers the goods. The small "resort" offers rooms around the pool or a three bedroom house at very reasonable prices. Do not expect a spa or fancy restaurant, just quality, clean rooms and attentive service. Every room has refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker. I rented the house and was very pleased with the value. But Bonaire and The Carib Inn are all about the diving. Upon registering Bruce checks your C-card, gives a brief orientation, where to get tanks, where to out empty tanks, reviews the boat schedule, and off you go. Be sure to spend some time in the dive shop to keep up to date on dive accessories. Carib Inn offers boat dives twice a day to a site decided by the majority, with Klein Bonaire the most popular as it's not a shore type dive. Most boat dives are very close with no boat ride more than 20 minutes or so. The knowledgeable and friendly boat captains escort you on your dive or leave you alone, your choice. Just be sure to get back on the boat.
But diving Bonaire is not complete without the wonderful shore diving. You need transportation and thick soled dive boots as most access points are coral rubble and can be ankle breakers. Shore dive sites are labeled on small yellow rocks indicated suggested means of entry and exit. Some are for more experienced divers and some for the not faint of heart. Like "1000 Steps" it's actually about 70 steps, but going up with full gear, the carved in coral cliff site surely feels like a 1000. When diving be sure to keep guard of what you leave in the truck. Recent spats of theft from unattended vehicles is common, so if you can't take it under water don't leave it in the truck. Do not try to lock and close windows thinking you're safe, they may bust the window, take your stuff and now you have to pay for a replacement window. To me this was a minor nuisance as i learned it early. BUT BE WARNED AND BE SMART. But back to the diving at Carib Inn. Bruce and his crew will accommodate night diving by allowing you have your tanks set aside. If you're nervous about night diving, dive off Bruce's dock it's sake and a real nice dive. I saw eels on every dive and HUGE tarpon escort you everywhere you go. For real fun night dives sign up for an escorted night dive with Linda. You will need transportation, and all your gear ready, but Linda is very knowledgeable about the area and the sea life, it would be a dive of a lifetime.
Bottom line is Carib Inn is a tremendous value in the Divers' Paradise called Bonaire!!!
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