Captain Don's Habitat
Travel Blogs from Bonaire
Our last visit while driving around Bonaire was the donkey Sanctuary. it is on a dirt road at the end of the airport. Their sign says, as you drive into the sanctuary, that there are over 300 donkeys. These donkeys were brought to Bonaire to work in the salt ponds. They hauled the salt along with the slaves. Back breaking work even for a donkey …
Our last day in Bonaire. We can't dive today since we leave tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. So we sleep in late (around 8 a.m. is all) and head for breakfast and enviously watch the divers getting ready to leave on the 8:30 boat. It's always hard to stop the diving and watch others going. But, we have a car and will spend the day wandering around and …
We were lucky to arrive in Bonaire during a down time. It wasn't supposed to be a low season but it was. For that, I think we were very lucky. The boats at Captain Don's take out 20 divers. And they have 3 boats that can go out so you can imagine that they are normally set up for 60 divers. Our first 4 days of diving, we have 5 divers on the boat …
Diving in Bonaire March 8, 2010
Bonaire is one of those small island countries in the Caribbean where you might not want to come if you are not a scuba diver. Pretty much the biggest draw and activity here is the diving. It is good. We've had great dives so far, all of them. My favorite place to dive is still off Sabang Beach in Puerta …
Last flight of the Pelican march 9, 2010
There are about 3 or 4 pelicans living around Captain Don's Habitat. These are big brown birds and looking un-gangly as only a pelican can look. Big long wingspan, short stubby tail, and huge bill with the neck pouch capable of expanding to swallow lots of fish.
Usually the pelicans sit …
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Captain Don's Habitat Bonaire
Just returned from our third annual trip to Capt. Don's and can't wait to return next year. We stay in a two bedroom, two bath cottage with full kitchen. We've had the same housekeeper for three years, she loves her job and it shows. As Innkeepers, we are picky and our cottage was always shining with every need and request met. We have looked at most of the other "resort" accommodations offered and Capt. Don's meets our requirements. The restaurant, Rum Runners, is not our favorite and we usually only eat there once or twice during our two week stay, although our teenager loves the pizza. We do frequent the Deco Stop Bar nightly - excellent staff! We LOVE the Dive staff and have become friends with several special ones. Highly recommend Capt. Don's...be sure to look for the Aspen Diver's T-shirt hanging in the bar area....it's mine!
Can't wait to return
Having read some of the latest reviews on Tripadvisor we were a little worried about our second stay at Captain Don's, Bonaire. Unnecessary - it was fantastic. The dive staff are amazing and couldn't do enough - the restaurant staff are equally brilliant and the food was superb. The diving was awesome and that was just on the house reef - overall we had a great time and cannot wait to return. On the minus side the first time we stayed in a deluxe junior suite, this time in an oceanfront villa. the junior deluxe is definitely a better choice and the oceanfront rooms could do with refurbishment - but hey who spends 24 hours in the room!
I must have stayed at a different Captain Don's!
I'd booked a diving holiday at Captain Don's before I read some reviews and frankly, having read them, was quite worried about what I would find. Thankfully my experiance was of a first class operation, with smiling staff, great food and excellent service at Rumrunners. (Try and get Floris to make you a managers Bacardi mudslide during happy hour, wow!) Nothing was stolen, the Diving setup is fantastic and I simply love the concept of "Dive Freedom". I cant wait to get back but must sort out the ?400 excess baggage KLM charged to get off the Island first.
Capt. Dons was simply awesome. The diving was some of the best I have experienced in my 29 years of diving. I have been to this resort 14 times and remains the best on the island. I must admit, the front office staff needs a "wake up" call when it comes to customer service, but my interaction with them is minimal, so off we go.The dive staff and crew is exceptional and the unlimited diving is a great feature of the resort. I highly recommend this resort to anyone. No big frills, just awesome diving and great food,accomodations.The scenery around the pool is great,too!I have visited other resorts on the island, and you are not treated as well and the staff looks like a bunch of nuns looking for a days work. Capt Dons is the best.
Having visited Habitat Bonaire and Habitat Curacao in 2001 (10 days in each over a three week period) we decided after much deliberation that we would spend our honeymoon at Captain Dons Habitat Bonaire, believe me it was a tough choice as both sites have theri merits.... the Pool at Habitat Curacao is unforgettable.
Stayed at Captain Don's Habitat for 8 days from Dec. 27, 2003 to Jan.
Captain Don's Dive Resort has an excellent staff of well trained divers. They offer a great dive facility which caterers to divers rather than primadonna divers who like back rubs after each dive. The underwater photography ops are unbelievable. I have seen everything from Seahorses to a variety of frogfish, Batfish, huge tarpon, barracuda, Cuddlefish plus lots more. There were a large amount of century old shipwrecks to explore. There are top diving photographers that call Bonaire home, so that has got to say something. Bonaire is a very primitive island that offers great diving, great bonefishing as well as deep sea fishing, terrific Windsurfing on the north part of the island and Washington Park is full of wonderful photo ops. I have been diving at Captain Don's several times in the last 10 years and Captain Don's does a super job for true divers. Fancy Resort Primadonna divers that need luxury can stay at the Plaza; back rubs are extra.
An OK Time for a Huge Price
CPT Don's accomidations are OK. Some of the rooms were sparse. We had to change rooms twice to find one that was compfortable. We found the hotel staff to be indifferent to our needs and in some cases rude. We also felt uncomfortabel sub-bathing around some of the staff as they went out of their way to look at my wife as she laid out on out patio.
The breakfast buffet was OK but many time food was cold and the juice was hot. The bar was good but pricey. The reef in front of the resort was pretty browned out but overall the diving was excellant. The shore diving was easy in- easy-out. Showers were right at the water side as were the storage lockers. We have stayed at CPT Don's twice but have found that island has better and more comfortable accomidations.
Great Diving / Average Resort
Captain Dons offers great shore diving (you wont be disappointed). Diving staff was excellent especially Jonathon, Ursula, and Chris. However, the resort needs work. Our room was not in good condition; dirty, dingy, and needed maintenance. Rum Runners Restaurant was not consistent. Overall, we found that the staff and management of the resort (except the photo shop and dive staff) left a lot to be desired. We will probably stay at another resort, but have to admit that the diving will be hard to beat.
This is a nice but not fancy dive resort on an island where diving is the main (only?) real attraction. The staff is cordial, meals are good but not too exotic. The diving however is fantastic. The resort has a well equipted dive shop on premises and you can pick up tanks and dive whenever you desire, night or day. Dive safety is up to the diver and his/her buddy. Boat diving is available and the boats are well equipted and the staff are helpful and friendly. I highly recommend Capt. Don's for the serious diver. Keep an eye on your equiptment, my mask "disappeared" from the picnic table in front of my room while I was inside.