Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino
Travel Blogs from Kralendijk
... to how the shelves were stocked. I'll give you an example (not quite accurate, but it was along these lines)....walking down the cereal isle...at the end of the isle, you can find paper products. Across from the cereal, baby food. On the end cap, alcohol....the most spectacular layout I have ever seen. On the one hand, if they're trying to keep people in the store, mission accomplished, but if they're trying to aggravate tourists...well, I suppose it's "mission accomplished" again.
Today started out with a dive at Pink Beach. We'd hoped to go around the curve to Margate Bay but the surf was way too rough. We hadn't done Pink Beach before, so it was a good second choice. The entry was easy and the dive was nice. Like the rest of the sites we've been to, the reef is healthy and there are lots and lots of fish. Emily did manage to find a frilly, white tufted nudibranch (sea slug), which was a new one for us. This is definitely a ...
... with us. We really appreciated the effort you made to spend some time with us out there in Preston. Also to Ray's Brother Kel and Sister-in-Law Melissa and Ray's Mum who drove over to Rydges one night to have dinner with us...muchly appreciated.
We also appreciated catching up with friends and colleagues of Ray's from his dental days. We spent a night out with them and even though I was the only girl there, it was still a lot of fun. ...
Dive sites. Most of the sites are marked with a yellow rock with the name of the site painted on the rock. There are also unmarked sites. In addition, to the 63 sites around the island where you can literally walk in and swim out to the mooring, there are 23 more sites if you take a boat out to Klein Bonaire (you can see Klein Bonaire from the main island, so it's not too far). I hate boats and the feeling is mutual, so I have not been out to Klein Bonaire.
... but I saw some great coral rocks and got close enough to the crashing waves to get salt spray on my glasses. It was a pleasant detour.
I had brought my alarm clock but didn't want to look for it to check the time. I made it to the Cultural Center just as a school group was leaving. One of the staff Izain gave me a tour. First he showed me the mangazina, the second oldest building on the island. He said that Rincon was inhabited by slaves after ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino Kralendijk
Took our trip Dec 6 thru Dec 13. This was a much anticipated scuba trip after reading all the hype on the diving in Bonaire. Start with the hotel. Yes, the reviews are fairly accurate on the customer service of the Divi staff in Bonaire. If you are flying American, you will get into Bonaire late at night. Our transfer was waiting outside the airport, which was nice. But once we got to the hotel, you could feel the unconcerned attitude of the receptionist. She really did not care. Name and credit card was about all she said. But the bellboy did bring us a drink while we were waiting, which was really nice. We had an ocean front room reserved and were apprehensive about what we would get. We were pleasantly suprised. The room itself is nothing to brag about, but the view was incredible. Could not ask for a better view. You could literally spit and hit the water. Awesome. We only ate at the Divi once, the breakfast buffet, which cost us $27. Did not eat there again. I guess the best part about the hotel itself is it's location. Only five minutes walking to all the resturants. Room was cleaned daily and we had no problems whatsoever with the staff, although we really did not talk to them during the week. Checkout was simple, but again, they were not friendly. Not rude, just not friendly. Now the dive shop. This was our first trip to Bonaire, so cannot compare it to other shops in Bonaire, but they were exceptional. Great service. Very helpful and friendly. They have a walk in storage for your equipment right on the dock with tanks right there as well. You can put your gear together, suit up, and do a giant stride without walking more than a few steps total. And the best part? Of all the diving I did in Bonaire, with the possible exception of the Salt Pier, the shore diving right off the dock of the Divi was the best. They have a huge anchor which is great for pictures. Saw an octupus, turtle, tarpon, eels, lobster, porcupine fish, and great coral all right there off the dock at the Divi. There boats were nice and uncrowded and the dive masters were exceptional. My only regret about the trip is that we booked 5 days worth of boat diving and only used 3. My recommendation for anyone going to Bonaire is to not reserve the boats, reserve a rental truck instead. All the diving can be done from the shore, although the surge can be tough and you must walk out over rocks and coral. Boat diving is definitely easier, but you dive on their schedule. And having a rental gives you a chance to drive around the island, which should not be missed! To summarize, I don't think you will find a better run dive shop on the island. If I was rating the dive shop only, it would be a 5 star excellent. As for the hotel, we give it a 3 star average. Having only gone to Bonaire once, cannot compare to other hotels, but we did drive around and look. The Divi has the best location by far and their accomodations did not look any better than the Divi. If we ever go again, and I hope we do, I will difinitely stay at the Divi again. Only think I would change is to not reserve boat dives and only do shore dives.
This was our second visit to Bonaire. The Divi was a perfect fit. We booked through AA vacations. Which is a great value. The restaurant was great, especially after you have 3 dives under you belt. The house reef is great. The dive operation is "on time" and efficient. This resort is a 5 minute walk from town which is a BIG plus.We stayed at The Plaza last time. The rooms are great, but the resaurants have "A LOT" to be desired. The shore diving is "inconvenient" the dive lockers are on the lagoon side of the resort, but the dive site is a good 5-8 min walk from the lockers.The Divi is highly recommended for the SCUAB guest.
We stayed here in Feb of '02, mostly to be dive certified. We arrived a day late (due to a mechanical problem on our connecting flight), the dive shop helped us arrange a workable schedule with an instructor very quickly. The facilities, instructor and gear were all top notch. The 'barefoot' casino is very small, but I found it a great place to exchange money. I found the staff in the restaurant to be pleasant, granted they operated on 'island-time', but that's to be expected. They had prepared a fancy Valentine's day dinner and the staff had spent all afternoon making balloon bouquets, that they seemed very pleased with, to give all the women. The food was fabulous. The short walk to town was handy for the grocery store, liquor store and other restaurant choices. The staff did not seem rude to me, just not conversational.
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The good:1) Has a small beach. I haven't found any other hotels that do.2) Close to town. About a 5 minute walk to restaraunts and shopping.3) Good dive outfit. Experienced, competent, friendly dive leaders for boat dives.4) Good shore diving.The bad:1) Wait staff is unmotivated, unfriendly, and at times downright offensive. I understand they are unionized.2) Travel arrangements are difficult and expensive from Houston. Check for yourself.
Absolutely Loved It!
We made reservations prior to reading the reviews on tripadvisor. We are so glad we did not change our minds after reading the more negative ones. We had the best vacation we have ever had at the Divi and are planning a return trip in November. Most of the staff was friendy and helpful. The restaurant at the Divi was excellent. The diving was the best we have ever done. I would highly recommend the Divi to all of my friends. I can not say enough good about the wonderful time we had. Just keep in mind that the environment is a casual one and very comfortable. Do not go expecting the Ritz Carlton. The rooms are comfortable and you have everything you need. As I said, I would most definitely recommend this and it is now our favorite place.
Just got back from a glorious week at Divi Flamingo Bonaire. We were a bit nervous about going there because we did not see any great reviews about this property, we were pleasantly surprised. After you get past the front desk people who are very unfriendly and unconcerned you are in a special place. The accomodations are great, not too much walking, everything is close by. The food was excellent, the dive operation very good. Didn't have crowded boats and they pretty much let you do your own thing. The shore diving which is free is amazing and totally convenient. Just walk to the dock, get a tank and jump in. No dragging, lugging and toting. Our room faced the pool and ocean was well maintained and cleaned early every day. We found the restaurant food to be above average. Overall, we disagree with any of the bad press we have seen about the place, other than the front desk people. Any more information you'd like please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Divi Flamingo is a beautiful, friendly resort. I knew the diving would be fantastic, but I had no idea the resort itself would be so terrific. The resort is laid out along a central pathway. Along this main street youll find everything you need. You can go to the restaurant, get snorkeling gear, sit on the beach or pier, rent a car, get a haircut, buy souvenirs, swim in one of the two pools, visit the casino, have a massage and, of course, go diving! There was an excellent breakfast outside every day from 7 to 11. The pools were beautifully landscaped. The gear shed was accessible for diving all day and into the evening. The house reef had so much life we dove there many times and saw something new each time. Also, there were improvements happening right before our eyes. By the end of the week, the area to the right of the shed had a new bench and porch to facilitate gearing up.On Bonaire, we kept reminding ourselves that we were on "Island Time" and it really is different from the faster paced lifestyle most of us lead. Once you have accustomed yourself to the slower, more laid-back pace, waiting for service (anywhere) won't seem irritating, but relaxing.Every good thing you hear about Bonaire is 100% true!
Pass on the Divi
The diving on Bonaire is magnificent. The Divi is not. The only reason to stay here is to have a decent dive shop and be close to town to walk to all meals and the grocery store and shopping. The dive masters are all very nice and knowledgeable but the dive mgmt. is quite lacking in their attitude.
The hotel staff is so poor in their attitude that I would never go back despite the good diving nearby. But then the diving everywhere here is great. They have no desire to help you in any way other than the rental car office which was very accomodating.
Spend the extra few bucks and go someplace else. The grounds are quite unkept and unattractive.
Divi Flamingo - Positive Experience Overall
I stayed at the Divi Flamingo earlier this year and had no problems... While not overly fancy, the staff was fine and I thought the food at the main restaurant was quite good. The oceanfront views are amazing and most importantly for scuba diving, the dive shop for me was terrific... the people at the dive shop were extremely nice and helpful... one general Bonaire recommendation is if you rent a car, make sure the Hertz or any other car dealer logo is not on the vehicle since this shouts "tourist" and could lead to thefts on the island while diving. Overall, at the Divi Flamingo, though, I had a positive experience.
We just returned from a week in Bonaire and a stay at the Divi Flamingo and my wife and I had 2 lasting impressions of the Divi Flamingo 1) The staff at the Divi ranged from indifferent to our visit to down right hostile and 2) The ocean front rooms afford some of the best views into the crystal clear carribean that can be found on the island.