I visited the resort for the week of July 4th, 2013, with a group of divers. I figured it would be the typical dive retreat with minimum on everything, but I was pleased with what I found.
My group arrived late in the evening on June 29th. I believe it was around midnight. Check-in went smoothly. Me and my buddy were traveling with a non-diver and because of the makeup of the group, we were given a studio apartment.
Studio room descriptions are hard to find on the Internet. Well, at least in my opinion. The pictures leave a lot to the imagination. With that said, I still forgot to get a picture of the room. Imagine a longer rectangle like a shoe box. The first third of the room as you enter the door is a small kitchen area. Two burner stove, sink and cabinets. Next to it, a tiny bathroom. The door on the bathroom slides rather than opening in or out. Obviously an attempt to save space, but the door in my room did not close completely and left a small gap when it was shut.
The rest of the room is made up the bedroom and dressers. A small television, AC control and ceiling fan. Beyond this is a living room with small coffee table, couch and chair. Finally a sliding glass door opens to a screened porch. There are no walls separating any of it, so do not expect privacy. I think the couch also opens into a bed. Never tried it.
Phew.. this was probably my major complaint for the entire trip. Housekeeping seemed disorganized. I truly believe it was a language issue more than anything else. It took forever to for them to get into the room. When they did, it seemed a quick clean and not an intense clean. I'm not sure if my sheets were changed once, and I struggled to ever get enough towels in the room for everyone. Seems they would know that three people in a room probably need three towels a day. Took half a week to get this right. Trips to the front desk were futile. I always ended up getting a younger brunette with poor English skills that never seemed to understand exactly what I wanted.
The dive shop is great. Full service. After an initial orientation to the area and a dive to check weights, you are free to explore where you like on the grounds or about the island. They will give a you a code to the locked up tanks stored at the front for island excursions. If you dive from the dock, tanks are available 24/7. Lockers are provided. Bring a lock to lock it up at night. They have a means to check the nitrox tanks, but after 5, the shop closes and its is impossible to get the analyzer. They encourage you to check tanks prior to this time and put them in front/inside of your locker. Not really a hassle for me. I just analyzed early in the day if I planned a night dive.
The Chibi Chibi is onsite. Service in this place is BEYOND slow, and I really don't know if I can attribute it to "island time." It takes forever to get your order in and you will ask for the check or wait for someone to eventually find their way back to your table. I'm not sure if it is fair to blame this on the staff or the resort. I say this because the staff seemed to stay busy.. There just did not seem to be enough of them to accommodate the lunch/dinner traffic.
Plenty of dining off the resort within a short walk to town. I felt safe everytime I walked somewhere, but I used the typical common sense rule of traveling in a pack and not wandering around in the wee hours of the morning. Prices seemed comparable to stateside pricing, and I was pleased with my meals in all of the restaurants.
I flew InselAir out of Charlotte. I think the flight was smooth and easy. There was a delay in takeoff because someone didn't file a flight plan... Once in the air, I felt I was attended to by the service staff frequently. They fed us and made certain we had plenty to drink. They DO NOT serve alcohol on their flights. Once on Curacao, you catch a turboprop over to Bonaire. By the time it gets in the air, its time to land. The turboprop was hot as hell, the young lady that was service on the plane did not appear to want to be there. In her defense, it was quite late, and I'd imagine she was ready to go. To tell the truth was too.
Overall, I enjoyed the place and I felt like most of my needs were fulfilled. I wish they had a little more on the resort for non-divers to do, but it is a dive resort. They will help plan shore excursions, but that it about it. Still, I would go back tomorrow if I had the money and time available. Diving is top notch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino allows you to experience the simple pleasure of tropical life. Whether you want to lounge around all day by one of our two freshwater pools, test your luck in our on-site casino at night, relax with a massage in the on-site spa, or scuba dive and snorkel through the beautiful Caribbean ocean, our Bonaire resort offers a truly memorable experience for all ages. Divi Flamingo is colorful, laidback, and fun; our resort and casino serves as the perfect home base for divers and vacationers drawn to explore the unpretentious island and stunning waters surrounding Bonaire. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Divi Flamingo Beach Hotel Kralendijk
- Divi Flamingo Beach Resort And Casino Bonaire/Kralendijk