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My first time to Bonaire. I had only budgeted this year to go to Roatan (to dive) and was talked into going here. I heard how beautiful this place was. So i decided to go. Plus, i would probably not have a chance to go again “soon”. Well after vacationing (diving) in Cozumel, Roatan and Bonaire i would have to say Cozumel is #1. People in our group agree and others back home (in south Texas) agree that Cozumel is better. Why? Here goes. You arrive on the tiny Dutch owned isle of Bonaire. Its great that the language is english and they accept american currency easily but you feel a chill in the air from the “locals”. There is an animosity between the Dutch and the local (shall we call it “the service/labor/industry workers”). We were also told this one nite at the bar talking to one of the Dive Masters. Cpt Dons place was very nice. The rooms were wonderful and spacious! But the rest if the amenities were lacking! There was only one bar and it was extremely slooooooow! There was only one bartender named Calvin who was good and “sociable” the other 3 male bartenders were slow and very “non social”. Seldom would they smile and they would kind of ask you what you wanted and before you could finish they were turning away (as if you were a bother...and it wasnt because they were in a hurry!). One nite i talked with a gent who managed Resturants in the states and he said “this bar is bleeding money and the service is terrible, i dont know how they stay running and the resturant is terribly managed too”). There was an intern girl from Holland who was good but there was a language gap and her varietal knowledge would slow her down more. And if you wanted a beer from tap you got 50% beer and the rest was foam. And dont ask the “3 Men of Gloom” to “pour me a glass without foam”. That is a disaster! So moving on to the food. In the morning you had a breakfast buffet which was fair at most. You could get made to order eggs. The rest of the day you could order from a menu but the food was not that “tasty”! The only thing we all agreed on was their oven baked pizza was great! The gift shop was great but the lady who runs it will bite your head off if you walk in wet! Imagine being wet at a “dive place”! And eventhough i dropped a few hundred dollars of gifts it never changed the scowl on her face! The front desk people are not friendly either. Do not rent a scooter thru the “front desk”! Another disaster. The desk clerk with the large fro was polite and helped me call the scooter rental people to order my scooter (which the guy was abrupt and you cant understand him!). Well the day he came by evidently was too early and when i came by all of a sudden another desk clerk, a man gave me a lecture. He said i was suppose to he there at 12 noon. I said i dont get off the dive boat until noon i told him 2pm. They just kind of sneered at me and started talking in their native language. Instead of trying to help me and be accommodating they went in about their business. So i said “well, can you call the guy back”? Again, the desk “guy” lectured and said “you were supposed to be here at 12, he was already here”. I was rolling my eyes thinking “this is service, really”? Since i didnt have rental car and the Hotel doesnt have a shuttle and Shirley (the clerk with the fro who was nice to me the day before and now was silent and not helping) was looking down at her computer monitor i asked, “well could you call him back please”. So the guy did and then hung up the phone and said “see, we cant find him”. I said “well, is that it?” They just looked at me in silence. So again i asked...”would it be too much trouble to call him back again and i will be at bar waiting and in an hour if he doesnt show i want to speak with the manager. The scooter guy finally showed up later! This is an example of how the staff “takes care of you at Cpt Dons”! We were told to go in town to the groc store and buy supplies for lunch dinner and across from the big supermarket is a great liquor store! The rooms have fridges and plenty of storage. About the diving. The boat crew does not take care of you like in Cozumel. You get on the boat and you get all your gear ready. You do one tank dive and go back to dock. If you want to dive again on same boat. You remove your gear from tank and store it on deck. They replace it with a new tank. You put gear back on for next dive. The dives were uneventful. Nothing spectacular. Same corrals and a few fish a couple turtles. The Hilma Hooker Wreck was one of the best dives. The boats were crowded and not shaded like the Cozumel boats we had. But we had 2 good dive masters. I talked a few times to the staff at the Dive Office and they were indifferent to guests. Doesnt the staff realize when they interact with guests that they are in the “hospitality business” and their bad attitude is the only chance that guest has on making a judgement about something! And it could be the outcome of the property loosing customers. I talked to a couple that were at the new Marriott and they said they loved it! And there is not much entertainment at Cpt Dons. It is duuuuuulllllll! One staff person at breakfast said they go to the place next door cause they have “dance party” nite tues, weds and thur nite! That says a lot for Cpt Dons doesnt it. So if you are going to Bonaire spend your money on a place where “hospitality” is practiced and is key and the staff values you! This is not the case of Cpt Dons Habitat! (And this opinion was shared by others i talked to while there).
Capt Don's seemed like it was from a fairy-tale. It was my first trip to Bonaire and Capt Don's made it so it wouldn't be my last. The water is crystal clear, the restaurant was right on the water where you could have a great view of the huge Tarpons or hang out with an iguana. The service staff was always friendly and willing to go out of the way for our group and really made us feel welcomed. The diving goes without saying...amazing and you can get some of the best dives in Bonaire just by walking in.
Stayed at Captain Dons for 10 days in a ocean front Jr. Suite , number 34. the room was in a good location on the resort, had a kitchenette with few dishes, dorm size refrigerator, coffee pot and microwave. Good hot shower. We enjoyed relaxing together on the balcony each morning and evening with a cup of coffee or cold drink. You can drink the water and they have a ice machine on site!!!! We refilled water bottles to help with the budget. Handy because we took a soft side cooler for picnic lunch between dives. The on site restaurant is a lovely ocean front setting. Breakfast was included with our package. Had pretty much anything you could want available for breakfast buffet as well as made to order omelets and pancakes. Supper meals were good as well with a variety of choices. Everything we had was good. We had the spicy shrimp pizza twice! We were on the fence about the Monday night Barbecue but it was good! We were both glad we did it. We ate about half our evening meals there. Price range was moderate, Diving on Bonaire did not disappoint! We did all shore dives from a rental truck. The on-site dive shop has tanks available 24 hours a day, gear lockers, rinse shower with warm water, and rinse tanks. House reef was ok, easy entry and exit from the dock. Also a great morning or evening swim spot. The rooms are not “fancy” but they are comfortable and clean. They provide clean beach towels daily, No complaints from us.
Thank you very much to Captain Dons Habitat for their amazing hospitality this past week! We could not have asked for a better reception. Manager and her crew were wonderful hosts. They provided us with kind answers to all of our questions as well as directions around the resort. I would highly recommend booking Captain Dons Habitat.
I finally got the chance to DIVE BONAIRE in the carribean, and Capt Don's doesn't dissapoint ! An all-inclusive hotel and 2-dive daily SCUBA package has you right ALL week. Especially appreciated were the incredible dive guides we had in Marco and Ricardo. Every dive was so well planned and monitored that safety was always assured. The hotel operation is also top-notch, with modern rooms, attentive staff, good WiFi coverage and a really nice pool to come back to daily. The restaurant staff also outperformed for the incredible pace they have to maintain feeding so many at the same time, with the menu varied with something for every taste (Fish, salads, steak, chicken & pork). Specialty dishes such as cerviche and lobster pasta stood out. In addition, once your daily boat dives are done each morning unlimited air tanks (incl NITROX !!) for the island's famed, great shore diving on your own are complimentary.
Captain Don's had everything I looked for in a hotel. There were 4 of us and we had a Cottage with a livingroom, kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The hotel is involved in undating many things including the cottages. That is really great, but of course the price may be going up. Right now I found the price the best of the hotels for all the things I wanted included. They have a great swimming pool which overlooks the ocean, and a reef right next to the hotel. The one thing we wish they had at the pool was some tables and chairs we love playing games in the evening next to the ocean, and the only tables were at the restaurant which we could only use when they were not serving meals Eating out in Bonaire is not cheap, so we loved having the kitchen it saved hundreds of dollars over our 13 day stay. There are many grocery stores, and one was just finishing remodeling just about a half of a mile from Don's. The cost of groceries is highter as expected, but not bad. The staff was amazing. Any time we had any questions or issues they resolved them all within a small length of time. The women that cleaned our room has been working at Captain Don's for 30 years, so that tells you the staff likes this company. We rented a truck and were able to explore the total island plus visit many scuba and snorkellng sites on the island we counted we visited 10 different locations Captain Don's is in a great central location, and they had plenty of parking for our truck. I will just add that for snorkeling we found the beaches across from the airport to be the very best. Our favorite does not have an official name but the Kite City food truck is located at that location. Captain Don's has the scuba facility that is terrific and the staff there are amazing and very friendly.
A very nice place on the seaside where we had the BBQ. The BBQ was ok for the price. And the place was nice for a informal gathering of friends. We very enjoyed the evening. We sat near the seaside and could see big fishes swimming in the sea.
Group of 14 with 10 divers ranging from 26 to 60. Stayed in the deluxe oceanfront rooms. From the rooms to the location and resort amenities we couldn’t be happier with our choice. Ate several meals in the restaurant , food was great and portions well done. The ease of diving/snorkelling cannot be beat, although we did book a private boat. I highly recommend Captain Dons Habitat for both divers and non divers.
We were referred here by friends who have come every year for over 20 years. This is our 5th trip, we always stay for 2 weeks of easy diving. We love the villas, certainly not up to Hilton standards but diving is not a fancy sport so we don't need or want fancy accommodations. We eat most meals at Rum Runners but also enjoy walking to nearby eateries for a change. This trip we brought the granddaughter to get her certification. Her instructor has been very patient with her stubbornness. She should finish up tomorrow. Haven't seen any mosquitos yet (been here 5 days), found one cockroach but we occasionally find one at home in the summer so no big deal. No ants to speak of. Generally pest free. The diving is super easy, the best place ever to get certified. If you like the thought of swimming in an aquarium, here's your chance. No exciting big stuff, but we're 20 year plus divers so been there, dove that. This trip is all about the grandkid, so perfect for us. Taxis are inexpensive and responsive. We don't rent a car or pay for airport transfers.
Wow, had been snorkeling all morning and just stopped in for a quick lunch! The lunch was amazing, the staff were so kind, and the view was to die for!!! This was a hidden gem for us here in Bonaire!!!
Captain Don's Habitat places you next to Leeward Antilles and within a 10-minute drive of Donkey Beach. This 40-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.
Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.
All of Captain Don's Habitat's 40 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers, laptop-compatible safes, and desks are also available.
Captain Don's Habitat features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and spa services. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 30 per person roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and dry cleaning/laundry. Additional amenities include a computer station, a terrace, and laundry facilities.