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Black Durgon Inn
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

My girlfriend and I went on two weeks vacations to Bonaire the past February. We actually stayed at Divers Paradise which is a complex of apartments also managed by Black Durgon’s Inn one block away from it. Therefore, we also had access to Black Durgon facilities.

The apartment was great! It was very clean, neat and simple. The kitchen was stocked with everything you need. It has also a good DVD movie library. The building was in great conditions. The best was the little room outside the apartment prepared to store all your SCUBA gear!!!

The Black Durgon’s Inn has the best pier in town as you can see in the pictures!!! The sunset from here is beautiful! You can sometimes see the “green flash halo” when the sun just disappears on the horizon! Incredible atmospheric effect!

Also, having your own cooked dinner there is wonderful! There is usually a cat around that will give you some good company.

Al (Black Durgon manager) is an incredible good host and he really knows the island. He will give you the best tips!! He knows every restaurant, dive spot, shop, etc. He tells amazing stories too!

We also rented all the SCUBA gear and tanks from Al as well as a kayak. He gave us the best deal in the island. We couldn’t find any better!

Try crossing to Klein Bonaire in Kayak... it is a great experience!!

The reef in front of Black Durgon is amazing. At one side it is called Small Wall and at the other Black Durgon’s reef. You can see any type of sea creature there. You do not have to go to any other place in the island. We saw Stringrays, huge Parrot Fishes, Eels, Morays, an Octopus, Trumpet Fishes, Porcupine Fishes, Trunk Fishes, Black Durgons, Crabs, Lobsters, Surgeon Fishes, Flamingo Tongues, Blue Tangs, Sergeant Majors, Spotted Drums, and more just right there few meters from the Black Durgon’s pier!

The place is at Hato neighborhood. It is very quite but not far from downtown Kralendijk. You have a Supermarket and Chinese food restaurant at walking distance. Anyway, a car is a must in this island.

You are very close to all dive spots at the north of the island. The dive spots at the south, the mangroves and Sorobon are a little far away. You can reach any spot of the island in less than 40 minutes!

We were surprised to see that it was so hard to get fresh fish in the island. Especially because you are in the middle of the Caribbean surrounded by fishes!! So, after lot of research we finally found a place. They catch the fish and sell it. It is just a private house with a sign that says “Aki ta bènde piská” which means “here we sell fish”. From Black Durgon’s Inn head south to Kralendijk. When you reach one-way Kaya Grandi turn left (you cannot do any other thing). Continue until Kaya Nikiboko Zuid and turn right (be careful here as it is an intersection of many roads... do not turn too to the right or you will get into Kaya Simon Bolivar and you will go back to the oceanfront). This road goes to Sorobon. When you reach a turnabout, continue same direction to Sorobon. The road here changes its name to Kaminda Sorobon. At this point, start looking carefully at all the houses at the right. One of them has the sign I’m talking about. Check out the picture I uploaded!

I think this is the best place for scuba diving vacations! You won’t get a better price on the island! We loved the place and if we come back to Bonaire, we will certainly go back to Divers Paradise and Black Durgon... and no questions we will rent everything from Al again!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Matías C
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

I ditto the previous reviewer (SofiaReiziger) so I won't go into many details. We've stayed at the sister lodging, Diver's Paradise Apartments, just a short but nice walk down the street. We will continue to go back to Black Durgon as we find it extremely convenient & affordable for diving. The grounds are very well kept, clean and beautiful. Al has always been helpful & friendly, and just fun to visit with. As previously mentioned, this is not a 4 or 5 star resort, but an incredibly wonderful & relaxing, modest & exceptionally clean place. (Thanks to Doris!) We love it!
And, it speaks for itself that everyone we have met there in 4 trips have ALL been repeat guests - there is no better compliment than that!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DiverMom18
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

This is the best small and inexpensive hotel to stay, especially if you are a diver or snorkeler. The ocean in front of the Inn is full of fish and Small Wall is just a few kicks away.
We have stayed numerous times at Black Durgon Inn during the last 10 years. It is an ocean-front resort. The bedrooms are spartan but very clean with en-suite shower and toilet. Each room has a small TV but we did not come to Bonaire to watch TV. Hot breakfast is included in the rates. If guests want to do some cooking instead of eating out, there are several fridges to store food and a kitchen by the ocean to prepare meals.
The Owner offers dive packages as well as diving lessons. His specialty is teaching diving to people that is not comfortable in the ocean like I used to be :)

Room Tip: Ask for rooms facing the ocean, You can watch the sunset from your own private little balcony
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Black Durgon Inn is a wonderful place to stay for someone who loves the ocean, snorkels or dives. It isn't a luxury hotel, so don't expect it. The owner is fair and honest. He will make sure you are safe and take care of your diving needs. The dock is a magnificent place to dive off of. Even if this is the only place you dive or snorkel, you will have a wonderful time. This was a return visit for me, and I have lived on the island in the past, so I know what there is to pick from. I hope to return to the Black Durgon soon.

Room Tip: Rooms are fine, I enjoy the rooms facing the ocean which has a balcony where you can sit and watch the sunset.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank kathykw
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

Experienced Bonaire diving group tried new accommodations.

The location and reef are very good. Access to small wall is as close as getting in the water. This is one of the better sites on this end of the island.

Diving gas was a problem. The manager ONLY allows air that he provides (and you pay for separately) to be used on his property, thus making Nitrox dives on this site a non option even if you bring your own tanks. His air packages were available ONLY for daily or weekly prices. The operator would not even allow us to pay a tankage fee to use other diving gas. Access to the ocean is very limited in this area of the island, so its a very long swim to this reef if you don't stay at this operator.

The room was somewhat disappointing. There was no safe for high value personal belongings. There was no coffee pot in the room or on site with the exception of a small shared french press in the kitchen. Shared refrigerators outside the rooms and a limited group kitchen area were the only food preparation options. No blankets were provided on the bed. Ants seemed to be a constant nuisance in the room. Breakfast hours were very limited, and not available Sundays (our first morning after arrival, when the island is basically shut down). The only water in the room was "cold" water in the bathroom sink and the shower (warm and less warm).

Access to the ocean from the room was strange. Room 2 is the only which has access both on the parking lot side and the ocean side, all others only from the ocean side. To get to ocean side rooms, navigation thru iron gates, a narrow hall with chained restriction, navigation along narrow paths with steps and many elevation changes makes getting gear to and from rooms cumbersome. There is a single pair of shared rinse tubs near the dock, adjacent to the equipment storage area.

Even payment was a pain since no modern electronic payment methods are supported, only mailed travelers checks and local cash are accepted. Numerous confusing emails were exchanged about the accommodations and pricing. Be sure to bring all correspondence, and understand what additional charges and rules will apply if you want to dive this site.

I felt uneasy, even unwelcome here. I arrived excited and happy and quickly became the opposite.

For me the hassle was not worth the location.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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14  Thank Diveroften
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