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“Dive friends bonaire should be Dive family of Bonaire”

Dive Friends Bonaire
Ranked #5 of 68 Tours in Kralendijk
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Owner description: We're a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center on the island of Bonaire - "Diver's Paradise!" With 8 locations around the island, you won't have to travel far to pick up or drop off tanks, get advice about good shore dive sites, sign up for dive training, shop for cool new gear or just relax with a cold drink and meet some new dive buddies.
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Dive friends bonaire should be Dive family of Bonaire”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

May 2013 Hats off to the whole gang at DFB (sand dollar) and the other shops. Liz goes out of her way to making you feel relax and welcomed, She offers you water or coffee when at the shop and a place to sit and enjoy the shade, heck she also paints but does not do windows ask her about it. Suuz is another worker bee heck she even helps unload tanks from your truck, Everyone always has a smile and are glad you are there. With the other stores around the island it's great to drop off tanks there and get new ones instead of going all the way back and switching out the tanks saves time and fuel. Even if you booked with someone else you need to check out this operation and the people and see the difference and why they make you feel like a family member. Thanks again and see you next year

Visited May 2013
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Delta, Canada
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“Dive Friends, Dive Inn”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

We booked our diving through the Dive Inn of Dive friends and were very pleased with the service. Tanks were always available, and the checkout dive was on our schedule. We didn't have to wait for the next scheduled dive.

4 locations makes getting tanks easy around the island, and the main store has a great selection. they even lent us some picks when we had to change an o-ring.

Our only complaint was then when an o-ring went on a low pressure infiltrator hose, we were told that it would be cheaper to buy a new one than have the shop attendant fix it.

Visited June 2012
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washington dc
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“dive friends bonaire - sanddollar”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

A truly full service shop. From coffee with Liz to Suus helping push a pickup with a dead battery (bare feet, no less). We will see you next year...thanks...tim and regina

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
“Great customer service and convenience”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

I dove with Dive Friends Bonaire from 4/27-5/4, and could not be happier. Liz at the Sand Dollar location was great, doing everything from helping me with my BCD strap issues (my own new gear; not theirs) to recommending local restaurants and good dive sites to check out. She was basically like a one-woman concierge! Alez at the Dive Inn location was great too, providing very detailed instructions on where to find seahorses (my first in 16+ years of diving!)

Aside from their great customer service, Dive Friends is super convenient because they have multiple locations throughout the island and you can pick up and drop off tanks at any of them, no matter which shop is your "home" location. Their prices are reasonable, and their rental equipement (which my dive buddy took advantage of) is in good working order. I also recommend you take advantage of the boat dive to Klein Bonaire, and the UV night dive, which was very cool (even for me, and I am not normally a huge night dive fan since I like to take a lot of UW pix, which are much harder to get at night).

Visited April 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Fabulous time, great instructors!!!”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Just came home from a funfilled week of diving on Bonaire. Made particularly memorable by the amazing folks @ Dive Friends! We're not the most experienced divers so we decided to get our PADI Advanced certificate. Our great instructor Tim made our dives extremely fun and relaxed. The night and wreckdives were very exciting. At the end of the week we even made two dives on our own!! Bonaire is brilliant for shore diving, but our boatdives were also great (thanks Jay!) At first we didn't have a car, so we were picked up and dropped off at the different Dive Friends locations. Thank you Asko, Nick, Eunan and others for driving us around. Also a big thanks to Patrick (Elvis) @ the Hamlet location for our morning coffee and funny stories and Alex for the technical support! Also a hi to Jamie & Sebastiaan! If you're on your way to Bonaire; check out this amazing Dive Center, they have great rentals for diving and scuba and awesome instructors!

Visited May 2013
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