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Dive Friends Bonaire

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Kralendijk, Bonaire
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About Dive Friends Bonaire
We're a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center on the island of Bonaire - "Diver's Paradise!" With multiple locations around the island, you won't have to travel far to pick up or drop off tanks, get advice about good shore dive sites, sign up for dive training, shop for cool new gear or just relax with a cold drink and meet some new dive buddies.
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Nashvillecleanfreak wrote a review Today
Manila, Philippines114 contributions41 helpful votes
The people who work at the diver shop are awesome! Delightful, helpful and will give you VIP service (unlike the dive shop with that word in its name) - help you get all your gear ready for the dive and it's a quick walk down to the beach. Bari beach (which is near Sand Dollar condominiums (or resort, I'm not sure which is the name). Bari is listed in all the tour books as the best dive area in Bonaire. It didn't disappoint! I'd say that there are a lot of great beaches to shore dive, but I'd go back here in a heartbeat.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Micky wrote a review Jan 17
43 contributions3 helpful votes
We told Daniel that we wantend to book a refresh because I had sufferd from Long Covid. He took our money and credit card deposit. Ather the pay he then informerd me I needed a doctors approval because that are the new rules. I already told him by booking I did not have one, I only spoke to a dokter. So now I can’t dive and have to wait to get 2-3 days to get my money back and have a 2 week deposit on my card. Bad service, bad info, never book there, they only care about money clearly. Ow and yes Daniel I have the right to take I out on you, you inform us wrongly, while I have been clear from the start.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from tess_vdb, Guest Relations Manager at Dive Friends Bonaire
Responded yesterday
Hi MickyMickyMickyMicky, I am sorry to hear that this has happened as it must have been a severe misunderstanding. It is correct that we as Dive Friends Bonaire are very strict as it comes to COVID-19 procedures as we want to be able to guarantee safe diving for everyone. The doctors approval is not a restriction made by our dive school, but is stated in the Diver Medical Questionnaire from PADI (https://www.padi.com/sites/default/files/documents/2020-08/10346E_Diver_Medical_Form.pdf). I hope that, despite of this, you had a pleasant stay and a nice holiday on Bonaire. Kind regards, Tess Guest Relations
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Loes v wrote a review Jan 16
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Great diving school with enthusiastic, warm and competent professionals. Would highly recommend, if it’s for your PADI open water course, to get your nitrox certificate or for guided dives. Dani, Annemiek, Anneke, Molly, Brian and Duncan, thanks for making our holiday on Bonaire extra memorable!!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from tess_vdb, Guest Relations Manager at Dive Friends Bonaire
Responded yesterday
Hi LvEerd, Thank you so much for your kind words! I will definitely pass the message on to Dani, Annemiek, Anneke, Mollie, Brian and Duncan!
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VJLemons wrote a review Jan 6
Mesa, Arizona8 contributions6 helpful votes
Booked a 2 tank dive with Dive Friends coming off a cruise ship. Set it all up, paid for the dive (in advance, not a real fan of but it worked out) and WHAM the ship we were on was not allowed to dock at Bonaire because of COVID. The ship was able to email Dive Friends and they were extremely understanding, cooperative and agreeable to a refund of the dive fee, though they did keep the $12 processing fee, which I was more than happy with. Overall they were excellent to work with, responded quickly, and did everything right. When we get to Bonaire Dive Friends is our dive shop of choice.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from tess_vdb, Guest Relations Manager at Dive Friends Bonaire
Responded yesterday
Hi VJLemons, thank you so much for your review and sorry to hear that you have not been able to actually set foot on our beautiful island. We hope to see you soon! 💙💛💚
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MTB wrote a review Dec 2021
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I got certified to dive through this location and it was top tier! They are right on the ocean, so we just walked right into the water to do our training. Shore diving on Bonaire is the best way to get scuba certified and divefriends was so fun and educational. I learned a ton and had a blast. Our dive master, divinia, truly made the experience amazing.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from tess_vdb, Guest Relations Manager at Dive Friends Bonaire
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your (more than) excellent review and congratulations on becoming a certified diver! 🤿
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