My wife and I wanted a reunion-vacation after being apart for a year while I was in Iraq. I picked the island and she picked the resort. We both picked winners with Bonaire and Deep Blue View. The island itself was terrific, small and quaint, but with enough activities and choices to make the time fly by. DBV was the perfect place. Menno met us at the airport and took us to the rental car area where we picked up the truck that came with the package. After a short drive to the resort we were ushered into the most relaxing time I have had. The pool/patio area was terrific with a great view of the town, the ocean and Klien Bonaire. The room was a good size and had a very large and comfortable king bed. Later after a welcome cocktail we had dinner and got ready for a full day to come.
Each day starts with Esther taking your request made-to-order breakfast. Everyone also has his/her own bowl of fruit waiting in the frig. Whether you are having more American or European fare (including some things I would not even think of), breakfast was terrific. Then a short drive to the harbor and off on the dive boat with Menno as the dive master. The boat is just for the guests which means no more than 10 on there at any one time. That is plenty of room to gear up and relax while you take the short trip out to the dive sites. While the diving visiblity was not great due to rains before and while we were there, the abundance of marine life made up for it. As a bonus, Menno had watermelon and homemade banana muffins for the break between dives. Since we started an hour or so later than the cattle-boats from the other resorts, we usually had our choice of dive sites. Menno was a great divemaster who let each of the couples dive at their own pace and level. This was tremendously reassuring to my wife who had only completed 12 dives to that point. After diving was complete, DBV had rinse tanks and large, locked storage closets for each couples dive gear at the resort.
The package also included a night dive and, on the last evening, a sunset rum-punch cruise and BBQ. Here BBQ is a bit misleading because it was a terrific three-course meal with a grilled chicken cordon bleu that was the best entree we had on the island. What made it even better is that the dinner was family-style with the other couples, Menno and Esther. A great way to wind up a great week.
Bonaire itself had only a few souvenior shops, but had more than its share of outstanding restaurants. Mona Lisa and Appetite were great, but the others were also very good. The only real challenge is finding a place for a quick lunch after the morning dives (which usually dock about 2:00). Most places close from 3:00 to 6:00. The exception is Eli Deli (conveniently near the marina). Eli is very good with the best bacon cheeseburger on the island. Also, there is a large frig on the covered patio at the resort that is available to all guests. Some of the couples planned and picked up sandwich makings and kept them for lunch.
In summary, DBV was superb. Menno and Esther were awesome hosts. From the time we arrived until we departed, we felt less like guests and more like family.
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