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Black Durgon Inn

Kaya Gob. Debrot 145 Hato, Bonaire, Kralendijk Bonaire
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The Black Durgon Inn is a moderately priced oceanfront property with a tranquil tropical ambience. We have easy access to clear, calm water and world-class diving and snorkeling from the property, 50 feet from our shore it drop to 120 feet. The Small Wall and Black Durgon Reef is our front-yard. It teams with marine-life to include hard and soft corals. We offer a relaxing, non-commercial atmosphere, cater to non divers, scuba divers, swimmers, snorkelers and offer quality instruction from swimming to instructor certification. Our forte is bringing new or uneasy divers and snorkelers to a proficient comfort level. The Black Durgon Inn...a place where non divers can relax, new and uneasy divers, snorkelers, swimmers can learn to get comfortable and experienced divers continue to enjoy diving time and time again. Our vacationers come as tourists and leave as friends. Private Pier Rental: Snorkel, Scuba equipment, Kayaks Bed and Breakfast: Yes Condominium/Apartment: Available on request Additional Information: Credit Cards: No Nearest Airport: Flamingo Distance to Nearest Airport: 3 miles
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Free breakfast
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Kaya Gob. Debrot 145 Hato, Bonaire, Kralendijk Bonaire
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I have only stayed at Black Durgon, in all of my trips to Bonaire. If you want noisy town-life, screaming kids, etc., this this ISN'T the place for you. Al has 10 rooms at this small, quaint resort. He has an open air kitchen where breakfast is served 6 days a week. You are allowed to use the kitchen - if you keep it spotless. The rooms are basic, and spotlessly clean (Doris has been with him for 20+ years). You run the A/C only at night (electricity and water are outrageously expensive on the island). Tanks are provided 24/7. The dive locker is right beside the water, with rinse buckets, etc. right at the water's edge. The pier for entry/exit literally juts to within 75 feet of the reef drop-off. The "house reef" Small Wall is so good, that many dive boats also come there to dive. Want awesome night diving? Got it here, too, with a lush reef just a few kicks away. In between dives, take a kayak over to Klein Bonaire (about a 15 minute paddle), or snorkel the shoreline. Visitors have the use of two refrigerators at the site. You can save a small fortune doing your own dinners or lunches. There is a fully equipped outdoor kitchen literal steps from the beach. Hammocks under the palms, quiet place...what are you waiting for? Don't be surprised if the Owner, Al, takes a day, or so, to get back to you (yep, island time), if you want a reservation. Like me, people come back year-after-year to this laid-back place. It isn't the Ritz, but it's as good as it gets for real divers. Want crowds? Then you need to go somewhere else.
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Al is a great person.He believes and lives the values.After bad exeperiences with some diving teachers in Gouadeloupe my husband, 63, and very demanding,end with Al as a teacher to finish his education in diving.After three days he came home happy as a teenager after his first kiss. "I learned so much that you can not imagine.He cared about me,he thought me more than you can imagine" Al is the first peson that did this to my husband. Al must be GREAT.Thank you Al.
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Glad to hear that Al is still holding the forte, so to speak. Most reviews have been spot-on, noting the excellent "snorkelling", but w/o detailing the excellent divesite, Small Wall, a scant 50m away: Shallow but spectacular, Small Wall makes for a fine first dive before heading off around the island or booking boat dive @ Carib Inn. Moreover, it's one of the best night dives ever, with a mini-cavern likely still housing a resident, shy Green Moray. The entire dive is max. 50 ft. with the mini-dropoff ~25-30ft., then down along a prolifically sponge-lined coral wall. Few may know that Al's former dive life entailed coldwater wreck diving off the NJ coast, much less what a fine dive shop he had in Laurence Harbor. Still have my original Edge dive computer--the only one that has an analog parabolic decompression ceiling-curve; it doubles as a weight for those of us who (still) don't use an actual weight belt (I use Bruce Bowker's patented mini-strap affixed to the tank, 2-4 lbs.) And how many dive hotels also offer a look at, if not a ride on Pasofinos?!? [Despite BD's outstanding website, I was obliged to "lie" as to when: Haven't been back since last century, but hope to cap off my career (400-500 dives on Bonaire alone, starting with Capt. Don's solo huts, then Carib Inn, finally Black Durgon, the ideal Divers' Choice.]
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We were in Black Durgon Inn in September 2016 for 13 days. We had room number 9 with mosquito nets in the door, two king size beds, air condition, 2 small and 2 big towels, small bathroom, US power plugs, but 127 V and 50 Hz. In front of the room is porch with chairs and table. You need a few minutes to get hot water from the shower and the stream is weak. The resort is very quiet, beds are very comfortable, great sleeping. There are big trees and palms in the garden, lot of shadow and comfortable seats. Prepare some extra money for maid service charge. Shared kitchen is close to the ocean, with great sunset view during the evening. Kitchen has a gas stove with kettle, pots and pans, big fridge, cutlery and dishes, cabinet with spices, microwave. Water is distilled from seawater and it is safe to drink. Diving centre has a 12 and 10 liter tanks with INT valves (no DIN, you need an adapter). There is a dryer room with lock and lots of hangers. There is one big rinse tank and one smaller for cameras and regulators. Fresh water is available from garden hose. Very beautiful reef Small Wall is few meters from pier (ca 1.2 meter jump) in front of the resort. You can find there corals, sponges, fish, turtles, some macro life, tarpons, moray eels etc. Water temperature around 27 °C, visibility around 25-30 meters, no wawes and no current. Perfect dive site, highly recommended.
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I grew up on Bonaire in the sixties. This unexpected 6-day trip to Bonaire was my first since 15 years. The Black Durgon Inn, and my lovel room with a view were just perfect for me. Al is a gracious host, who can put on quite a spread for breakfast, while at the same time understanding the importance of coffee :-) The snorkeling right off the beach is lovely, with great Bonaire underwater visibility. I used the kayak a couple of times at no extra cost, and plan to return soon. I highly recommend Black Durgon Inn for the real Bonaire feel :-)
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