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Captain Don's Habitat Dive Resorts (Bonaire Resort)

Captain Don's Habitat Dive Resorts (Bonaire Resort)

 
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Captain Don's Habitat Dive Resorts

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The Home of Diving Freedom, with resorts on Bonaire and Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Full service dive center and photo shop. On Bonaire, Captain Don's Habitat is the Original Home of Diving Freedom. We offer a full range of boat diving, shore diving, nitrox, tech diving, courses or a combination of each. All this can be done at your pace in a laid back and friendly environment that brings our guests back year after year. Wake up to the breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea after a great night's sleep in one of our huge and newly renovated ocean view rooms, 2 bedroom cottages or our brand new 3 bedroom garden villa (available September 1, 2015) Between dives, you can stroll through the lush gardens, which are home to more than 50 animal and plant species, relax by the pool or get pampered at the on site spa. Enjoy delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner oceanside at RumRunners restaurant or relax on your own terrace with a self prepared meal from your own kitchenette. Vacation means freedom. Experience the freedom that brings guests back year after year to Captain Don's Habitat.

Habitatï¾’s wide range of accommodations will match your vacation desires - cottage and villas.

For over 25 years, Capt. Don's Habitat has been known as \the home of diving freedomᄅ\ ...24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Come experience the ease and accessibility of liveaboard diving but with the convenience and amenities of resort living. Come experience \the home of diving freedom\.

Through the years Captain Don's Habitat, evolved into a world renowned resort catering to today's most demanding diver and vacationers. Set amidst lush green gardens with colorful decor and landscaping we now offer the comfort of 3 deluxe varieties of accommodations, fresh water pool, great dinning and entertainment options, friendly service, and of course the best dive in the Caribbean 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

At a very early stage Captain Don realized the importance of conservation of Bonaire's beautiful underwater resources. His endeavors led to the creation of the permanent mooring system and eventually to the Bonaire Marine Park. For his efforts in marine environment conservation Captain Don has received many awards and recognition all over the world.

Today Bonaire is at the forefront of environmental conservation. At Captain Don's Habitat we're very proud of this legacy and we continue to play a very active role by assisting environmental groups and the local government in ensuring sound conservation policies and the sustainable management of Bonaire's natural resources.

Founded in 1976, by renowned underwater environmentalist Captain Don Stewart,Captain Don’s Habitat has been in the forefront of environmentally sound developments on the island of Bonaire.  His vision is also reflected in the design of the resort.
From the low impact construction methods, to the use of solar water heaters and energy saving devices, as well as a state of the art waste-water treatment system, every detail has been designed to have the least possible impact on the local environment.  The rooms and facilities are nestled in lush landscaping carefully designed to eliminate harmful runoff into the fragile marine Eco-system thriving right in front of Captain Don’s Habitat.
Walking through the resort, one can truly appreciate a broad spectrum of the flora and fauna of Bonaire.  Iguanas, lizards, over 50 species of birds, and a wide variety of indigenous and imported species of plants and trees, create the perfect balance between world class accommodations and nature.
Captain Don’s Habitat’s advanced waste water treatment system provides all the necessary water to maintain the landscaping.  This state of the art treatment system utilizes the latest in anaerobic bacterial cultures to turn both black and grey water back to 80% purity.  The lush landscaping takes care of the remaining nutrients.  At Captain Don’s Habitat we’re very proud of our environmental legacy and we continue to play a very active role by assisting environmental groups and the local government in ensuring sound conservation policies and the sustainable management of Bonaire’s natural resources.
Captain Don&rsquo;s Habitat Dive Operation is a PADI Resort and a SDI 5 Star Professional Development Center. It is centrally located within the resort complex for easy access from all rooms. We have three 1-tank boat departures daily, at 8.30 AM, 11 AM and 2 PM, to over 70 moored sights on our custom built diveboats. Each mooring buoy is limited to 1 boat so you&rsquo;ll have the reef all to yourself. Diving Rates are priced per person per day unless otherwise noted.Total Diving Freedom has always been the concept at Captain Don&rsquo;s Habitat. Over 50 world class dives are within a 15 minute boat ride. Diving Freedom means 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no rush or anxiety. Take a giant stride off our divers-only pier &ldquo;baby dock&rdquo; and you&rsquo;re already looking at clusters of starlet coral, surrounded by colorful wrasse and gobies, and the drop-off starts in 30 feet, only a few kicks away. Shore diving is a must at Captain Don&rsquo;s Habitat and around the island of Bonaire rated as the top shore diving destination in the world! Following accepted safe diving practices, you can grab a tank and go&hellip;.whenever you want!The Captain Don&rsquo;s Habitat Dive Operation offers training from the following training agencies&hellip;PADI, TDI and SDI and&nbsp;accepts all Universal Referrals for final completion of training&nbsp;&hellip;and is equipped to handle all of your certification needs including Rebreathers and Tri-Mix. Choose from over 20 specialty courses!&nbsp;<a href="http://rectekscuba.com/">Technical</a>&nbsp;Diving Services&nbsp;is conveniently based out of our dive operation with it&rsquo;s own technical diving dedicated classroom.All needed equipment is available for rental or sale in the Captain&rsquo;s Locker which also has those last minute items you may have forgotten. Photo Services are provided by&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://bonphotobonaire.com/">BonPhoto</a>&nbsp; and they offer our guests a full selection of the latest in photo and video equipment for rent or sale, personalized instruction and private photo shoots.Habitat is neither pretentious nor regimented. Our multilingual, multicultural, professional staff are there to teach, assist, or advise in a relaxed and friendly manner. Whether you&rsquo;ve been diving for years or are just starting out, Habitat diving will keep you happy.
Oceanfront dining at its best!! The experienced chefs and waiters in this idyllic setting ensure that all meals are a true pleasure. We offer an international menu, daily local specials, and our Pizza Temple with authentic Italian thin crust pizza and a wide assortment of specialty pizzas and toppings.
Breakfast is served from 7 am to 10 am so whether you&rsquo;re an early riser ready to catch a morning dive or prefer a more leisurely approach to your vacation you&rsquo;ll get your eggs cooked fresh to order. The buffet includes a wide array of fresh tropical fruits, breads, and cereals. Lunch is enjoyed between 11:30 am and 2 pm with delicious salads, sandwiches, burgers, and snacks. Evenings, relax to another perfect sunset and enjoy a la carte dining Tuesday through Sunday. Everyone loves Monday night&rsquo;s &ldquo;eat as much as you can&rdquo; BBQ buffet from 7pm until 10pm. No need to worry about reservations for breakfast or lunch, reservations are, however, recommended for dinner. We&rsquo;re happy to help with any special dietary or menu requests.
You do not have to walk around with cash money to eat or drink at the restaurant or the bar,&nbsp; but you can open up an account in the restaurant. For your convenience just use your room or dive number for this account. After checking in in the hotel you can go to the restaurant with your credit card to open up your account. At the end of your stay you can pay your bill any way you like, credit card, debit card or cash.

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A once great dive resort gone bad

I have stayed and/or dived at Captain Don's at least 12 times over the past 5 years. It is sad to see this once great dive resort being neglected and to see the attitude of the staff there gone from friendly to rude. The people who work there don't seem to give a damn about the divers (aka their customers). When I showed up to PURCHASE a dive package from the dive operations manager (named Max), he gave me the distinct impression that I was imposing on his time. There was no "good to see you again" or "welcome back to Captain Dons". It was "what do you want?" and "why are you bothering me?". The orientation class was 15 minutes late in starting and no one bothered to tell the guests (their paying customers) where it was to be held. The orientation given by Max was hardly understandable due to his poor English. All we could hear was his numbling about "be safe". It was very poorly done. In general - the operation simply does not give a damn about its guests (aka paying customers). The staff members' little kids are allowed to run around the bar at will. Not a professionally run resort.

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Date of stay
October 10, 2006
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Seattle

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