Capt. Don's was the first of several Caribbean dive resort vacations for me, and the most memorable because of how easy it is to cram in as many dives as you can stand. You can dive til you dream about seahorses, dive til you grow gills, dive til you have your own "I went down on 'da Hooker'" t-shirt, dive til the Rays come home, shop til you drop and party like it's your mid-life crisis, and sample so many awesome restaurants on the island, you'll gain weight in spite of 30 dives (my personal best for a 10-day resort vacation).
The facilities aren't 5-star, but for the price per dive, who cares? If you're all about one dive per day and 12 hours of drinking, go to Mexico-you'll like that more. But if you're hard-core, 3-a-day and back for more, this is your dive nirvana. These guys make it easy, inexpensive, safe and enjoyable, and you'll meet the same kind of divers as yourself, those in the know who can spend the rest of their lives partyin' all night, tonight's for squeezin in a 4th dive at the town pier or right there in front of the resort where you can swim down to 100' plus in aquarium-clear water with plenty of company.
Unique Quality: Fantastic dive masters who obviously love their work and make a wonderful dive vacation something that Capt Don's could guarantee in writing, if they chose.
That, along with the fantastic dive facilities and boats, are all it takes to get a 5-star rating from me.
Captain Don's Habitat is named after Captain Don Stewart, a diver who led many successful campaigns to conserve and protect Bonaire's marine life, such as the ban on spearfishing. There's a large resort hotel right on the beach which is where we stayed, and a bunch of bungalows and villas around the huge habitat area.
We stayed 2 nights by surprise at the end of our vacation when our original hotel had to rebook us. Our room was very clean and cool. We had an awesome patio and balcony overlooking the ocean. There's snorkeling and diving right off the resort's beach, and the restaurants are pretty good. The front desk service staff were kind of rude and we had a hard time finding parking (we were also double parked by a staff member for like 20 mins). The resort grounds were very nice but there was this razor wire separating from the next hotel over which was weird and hard to ignore. The room was great.
Unique Quality: The resort is proud of it's eco-friendliness and details on it's website the things being done to minimize the impact on the environment. The resort grounds are really nice and you can see lots of different birds. There's great diving and snorkeling right off the beach.
Good place to stay for divers - well organised, and a relaxed, laid back approach
Evening entertainment was a bit average, as was the food but it is there to cater for the diving activities. If you are looking for a bit more to do other than the diving probably not the best choice.
I couldn't fault the diving arrangements, friendly, easy going and professional
Directions: Email: Bonaire@HabitatDiveResorts.com
Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 71, , Bonaire
E.E.G. Boulevard 10, Caribbean
J.A. Abraham Blvd 40, P.O. Box 413, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Blvd Santa Barbara 50, Bonaire
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Address: 103 Kaya Gobernador Debrot, Bonaire, Caribbean