We just got home from a wonderful week in Bonaire. We booked through Caradonna with Kim. She was helpful when deciding where to stay. Our package included breakfast, Truck rental and 11 Dives. They put us in one of the studio rooms #727 very close to the dive shop. The housekeeping staff did a great job having to clean around wet gear, swim suits and camera equipment. The room was a nice size and having the large refrigerator was a total bonus. The breakfast was basic, but always fresh fruit and coffee. The food service staff always said good morning and had a smile. We LOVED the grill lady that made eggs, french toast & omelets.
When we arrived at 10:00pm. at night the gentleman at the the front desk was NOT very welcoming. We asked if there was any food available and he basically told us, maybe downtown. Mind you it's dark and we had never been in Bonaire before. Some simple directions to downtown would have been nice. Now we know that a short walk out the back gate and we would have been steps from downtown. Don't expect much service from the front desk. It took 2 days before they had fresh beach towels. We called from our room for the internet code and they made us walk back to the desk to read it posted there. We also stopped by the front desk to get a coffee packet, they called Housekeeping but no answerer. So they did not try to find any... The front desk was the only negative of this resort.
The diving was Fun, Easy & Beautiful. We dove with Denise & Rudd in the morning on the ALICE H. They choose different sites each day. Klein, North & South were all good except for one dive with unexpected heavy current. In the afternoon we dove with Endro & Luis. ALL of the afternoon dives were very relaxing and enjoyable. We liked the larger faster boat that went to the sites quicker. Due to 2 large groups (Scott Diving & New England Divers) we had little choice in what boats and dives we could sign up for. This was slightly inconvenient for us but we tried to make friends with both group and non-group divers. The locker set-up ROCKS @ Divi. (Bring your our lock) Right on the dock along with huge rinse tanks and shower. The house reef & Tanks can't be any more convenient. The tank hut in the parking lot was great for loading and returning tanks from shore dives.
Yes, food in Bonaire is very expensive. We got breakfast with our package and went to a local super market and got sandwich fixings and snacks for lunch. For dinner we mainly walked out the back gate to downtown to eat dinner. Mona Lisa was super we ate there twice. With a recommendation from a long time Bonaire diver we went to the Rib Factory and was not disappointed. Not only was it good but a fair price too. It up stairs on the water front with a amazing view too. My favorite place was AT SEA right by DIVI. Super food, friendly staff and little extras that made it special. Most people make reservations to go there, we just got lucky. I would suggest eating at the tall tables, less bug bites. Make sure to bring bug spray for after sunset bugs. Also Gold Bond Anti itch lotion is a wise thing to bring.
We did not only dive in Bonaire. Having a truck was a BLAST. We went to Jibe City to watch the wind surfers and also by the salt pier to watch kite boarders. On our last day, we could not dive before flying we took a picnic to the park. Plan on spending at least 4 hours in the park due to rough roads and slow going. It's such a pretty and peaceful place. The cactus, birds, goats and worth going to see.
Bonaire is a very diverse island. The diving was great but this island has much to offer. The gourmet restaurants were a huge surprise. The park was also a bonus to visit. (you pay $25 for your dive permit and that also gets you into the park) We would stay at DIVI again in the future. I would definitely get a truck and try to book a Studio on the first floor next time. Take very few clothes because the restaurants are casual. Sun dresses and polo shirts with shorts are just fine. Take a soft cooler and small zip lock bags for picnic supplies. A bottle opener will come in handy. We used the safe in the room and only carried as much money as needed for dinner. We felt safe and relaxed at all times. I was also surprised by how clean the island is. You will find garbage cans everywhere.
The studio rooms are the closest to the dive shop. We heard from other guests that the 1st floor Oce...
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Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our hotel and beautiful island. It is so nice to read comments like yours as you sound like your really enjoyed every aspect of Bonaire from our Park to our Restaurants to everything in between. I am so happy you had such a great experience at our hotel. We have forwarded your positive comments to the Dive Staff, Food and Beverage Staff and Jeanette (our morning breakfast Grill Chef.)
I would like to apologize for your experience with our Front Desk. We are currently trying to address these issues and use comments and feedback like yours as training tools to improve our service.
Thank you again for your comments. We hope to welcome you back to Divi again in the future and as always invite you to contact us directly when doing so. We would be happy to ensure that your future stays will be even better than your last.
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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino
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