This review is a little overdue.
A girlfriend and I visited Bonaire for the first time in Feb 2013. We stayed at the Hotel Rochaline (which I cannot recommend enough) and happened upon Dive Friends while exploring on our first day. Tim immediately had us laughing and made us feel like old friends.
We then visited the shop almost daily for our diving needs. (My friend was diving and I was snorkeling.) They always had exactly what we wanted, in great condition and at the right price. We went on a boat dive on our second day and I enjoyed visiting with Charlie and Rob while the divers were off exploring. Such nice men.
Jamie, Gordon and Alex all served us a different times. Jamie is adorable and Gordon, a Texan, is a hoot. (So as not to hurt his feelings, I'll say Gordon is adorable too, in a cowboy sort of way.)
I came to the island thinking that diving is for fools, and ended the week on my first ever 40 ft dive with Alex! He is exactly the sturdy Dutchman you want with you underwater. Not only was he an excellent and patient instructor, he also offered thoughtful post-dive advice such as, "You do not need to tell your instructor when you are peeing in your wet suit," (This was a case of him misunderstanding my improvised underwater hand signs.) We never did get to meet the shop dog.
I can't wait to return to Bonaire for so many reasons but especially to visit the lovely folks at Dive Friends. Thank you for making us feel welcome!
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