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We just finished a week diving on Bonaire with Dive Friends. We did the boat dives out of Port... read more

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Reviewed March 13, 2015

We, as a mini group of four divers staying at Sand Dollar for the first time on the island used Dive Friends exclusively during our first time two week scuba diving trip to Bonaire using their unlimited air package which was good value. Their five shops around the island make it very convenient to exchange tanks wherever you head out to and saved us a lot of time. We only ever took one tank each as we used the short trip to the closest shop for fresh tanks as our surface interval and for a free coffee/water refill and an opportunity to chat with the dive shop staff, all of who are very friendly, interested and informative - we were never steered wrong with their advice on choice of sites etc. and never met one who didn't have the time to listen - however many times they must have heard the same conversation! Like the fish they tend to move around a bit so it is always interesting to see who is where. I would advise you to follow the same format through the day, otherwise you have missed a good part of Bonaire, after all you are on vacation, chill man, there is more to diving that just sucking air and chasing turtles - isn't there? .

Having five shops on a small island seemed overkill and unsustainable at first but the two in town at Dive Inn and Yellow Sub serve mainly cruise ship customers and are the departure point for the boat trips so are busy all the time. However both were welcoming and we had good local dives right there especially Yellow Sub where it's almost guaranteed to see a Frogfish and the reef is as good as anywhere else on the island. The other three shops were well sited for us, quieter, no real queue for the nitrox analyser and plenty of space and time to chill. Having free nitrox at all the shops, which I can assure you is rarely free anywhere else around the world, was a much appreciated bonus and there was always plenty of tanks available.

Overall Dive Friends was very laid back and friendly but quietly very well organised and we were delighted with the customer service and the facilities and the way they just let s get on with diving with the minimum of fuss and paperwork. We will definitely recommend them and use them again. Any negative reports are down to a little culture clash between the Dutch and the American dream rather than anything more.

Although we purchased the Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy book while at Sand Dollar (which is basic but very useful particularly for entry/exit conditions on dive sites) we appreciated the initial briefing by Ilsa at Sand Dollar going over the map with us and recommending the appropriate dives for any variable weather conditions etc. as well as her cheery greeting everyday! More importantly though with more than a few equipment issues between us she sorted out some repairs through Alex at Dive Inn which kept us in the water (nice guy, knew his stuff, was welcoming and willing to action them immediately) - thanks guys, really appreciated.

We only did shore diving and pretty much covered the island in two weeks but we have obviously saved a few for another time and all of Klein Bonaire too. Happy diving.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed March 11, 2015

I and a buddy were diving with Dive-Friends @ Dive Inn for a week. we did both boat trips to Klein Bonaire, and Tec dives with them. We did shore dives on our own. They have 5 locations so easy to get tanks refilled. they gave us excellent recommendations on dive sites . Helped us repair our gear as needed. Friendly, efficient, able, we will use them again.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed March 11, 2015

Christina and Caroline at the Yellow Sub location, along with all their colleagues, take really good of divers. We are living on our sailboat on a mooring and are able to rinse and store our dive gear at the shop after each dive. The tanks are always ready a short time after dropping them off and all the associates are friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed March 10, 2015

Did a 2 tank dive here in late January, visited Sharon s Serenity and Monte Divi dive sites.
These dives were great, small dive group, lots to see and no hurry to "fit it all in."
lots of small fish, sea turtles, a dozen lion fish, sea fans, brain coral and lots of fauna in warm waters. Viability was about 60 to 70 feet.
I will be back again next season.

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank Jim P
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Reviewed March 10, 2015

We dove with dive friends through Royal caribbean Cruise line. The shop was very conveniently located to the pier. We could walk right over which was great. Their were 21 divers in our group so they split us up into two groups. Quite a few of us had our own gear, but we had to wait for everyone else to get their issued gear, that was a little frustrating. It would have been nice if they sent everyone with their own gear out in the first group. They also issue your weights in the dive shop and you have to carry them along with your gear to the boat. The boat was extremely small, we called it the dive Kayak. You literally bumped knees with the person across from you and it was extremely difficult to gear up for our dives. If you are a diver you hear about Bonaire a lot and this was our first trip there. The first site the knife was very disappointing, abandoned car tires and the reef was not very good at all. The second site the Cliff was much better. They seem to have a very safe operation, the staff was very helpful and friendly. I just feel as a diver from a cruise ship some operations just take you to whatever site is closest and don't really care if you have a great diving experience. Our dinner companions on the ship used VIP diving and had a much better experience. We will definitely use them on our next visit to Bonaire.

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Linda T
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