|By Jeremy (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 4:20 pm:|
Can anyone tell me which hotel/pension/resort in Bonaire has BEST house reef for snorkeling, or which hotel/pension/resort is close to marine park? Thanks for any input in advance.
|By Vince DePietro-www.bonairebeachcondo.com (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3258) on Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 4:56 pm:|
Jeremy..Kinda like asking someone what's the best restaurant on the island. EVERYONE has their favorites. The ocean surrounding Bonaire is the marine park. So those resorts directly on the water would be the closest to the marine park. My advice, pick up a copy of Susan Porters BSDME. Alternatively lot of good information can be found by reading the threads in this section.
|By nestor kopko (BonaireTalker - Post #92) on Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 8:14 pm:|
The question should be which reef has the best oceanfront accomadations. Like Vince said, the Marine Park surrounds the island, so find the place that suits you best and enjoy. you won't be disapointed
|By Barbara "CB" Gibson (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5825) on Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 8:20 pm:|
I vost Bari Reef, so any hotel between Sand Dollar and, uhm, Coral Paradise.
|By Jeremy (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:00 am:|
Hi, thanks for the advice. I tried to book Coral Paradise, but they do not accept any reservation for staying less than 7 nights. They asked me to try again 2 weeks before arrival to see if there are any rooms left for my 5 night stay. I am planning to stay 5 nights at Bonaire, 5 nights at Curacao and then 5 nights in Barbados.
|By Bas Noij -- www.vipdiving.com -- (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #616) on Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:32 am:|
My two cents: make it 10 days Bonaire and skip Curacao. Or even better... 15 days Bonaire and skip Barbados as well! Less traveling. More economical. Way more fun and relaxation.
|By elaine sculley (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1681) on Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:21 am:|
|By Jeremy (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:35 am:|
some typo error on my previous post: It should be "Harbour Village Beach Club" (not Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino) accepts reservation for 5 nights or less, but tripadvisor reviews say there is no house reef in front of the hotel, so I give up on this one.
|By David Johnson (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #581) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 12:41 am:|
|By David Johnson (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #582) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 1:01 am:|
So, this gives you an idea of dive sites http://www.bmp.org/divemap/divemap-home.html and this is some solid general info http://www.infobonaire.com/
|By bob fraser (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #191) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 9:33 am:|
|By tribon54 - Nick (BonaireTalker - Post #23) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:23 am:|
Not sure where is the best house reef now but, in addition to a good house reef, we would always hook up with a dive operation willing to take us along on the boat with the divers. They made sure to select dive sites with adjacent to (or a short swim away from) shallow reefs suitable for snorkeling. This way we got to snorkel a great variety of sites throughout the week. Most of the colorful stuff is in the shallows where the divers spend their last several minutes of their dive profile anyway.
|By David Ingram (BonaireTalker - Post #60) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 2:03 pm:|
The rubble section just to the left of Den Laman (some old structures underwater) provides excellent snorkeling.
|By David Ingram (BonaireTalker - Post #61) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 2:04 pm:|
Also, I agree with the others - three islands in two weeks just isn't the way to go!
|By Brian ******* (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4764) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 2:57 pm:|
Our first two visits to the ABC islands were two weeks each and a week in Curacao and a week in Bonaire. The next 13 visits have been to Bonaire only and we have no plans on going back to Curacao.
|By Jeremy (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 4:34 am:|
Super! Thank you all the posters' suggestions & comments, specially David Johnson (Thank u for the links. It helps a lot!).
|By Cecil* (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #8439) on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 8:14 am:|
Jeremy very interesting story, only a little envious here. I did want to throw in my 2 yuan about Barbados. We have been there twice now, 1987 and 2007, we are due again in 2027 and we've decided that is about the right interval. We like the island and love the Bajans. The snorkeling is pretty good but is limited to boats trips. I did a shore dive last trip and it was pretty pitiful compared to the boat dives. We have stayed both trips on the north end of the island as the south side has more surf and bigger hotels.
|By Jeremy (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:41 am:|
Hi Cecil, thanks for the info on Barbados. Just wonder if Bonaire & Curacao are as safe as Barbados. I heard Barbados is relatively safe, and the Bajans are very friendly and helpful towards tourists. Security is our main concern beside fishes, lol.
|By Cecil* (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #8442) on Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 10:18 am:|
I can't really say I felt safer on Barbados than Bonaire. The Bajans are wonderful friendly folks but so are the Bonairians. The one issue on Barbados is the distances involved, if you go sightseeing you will be gone for a while and therefore have to take more stuff, which make petty theft more likely. It is also very easy to get lost on Barbados and I thought it was funny to see a gentleman standing by the side of the road looking for lost tourists, when he found one he redirects them and asks for a tip, not a bad gig if you can get it.
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