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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

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Olney, Illinois
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been diving from Bruce's place, the Carib Inn, for 20 of the last 21 years - yes, I did straight at another place one time because I did not book soon enough - but it just was not the same - This is a small family site operation - the staff will be calling you by your first... More 

Thank Wayne Z
Crossville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

In over 49 years of diving all over the world, this place is number 1 on our list. The entire staff is the friendliest most helpful people we have ever met. From the moment we checked in, everyone treated us like family. We can see why so many people from around the world come here year after year. We have... More 

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From Bruce's presence and banter to Linda's firm, efficiently run boat trips, the place is friendly and easy going. The Inn is basic but geared to divers with lockers, rinse areas, easy on/off pier and a good little dive shop. Our room was a pool efficiency, perfectly fine with a small kitchenette type deal with fridge and microwave, we made... More 

Thank Nick H
Erie, Pennsylvania
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I went to Bonaire in early October 2016 and completed the open water phase for PADI certification. (I'm 64 ... never too late to start.) We stayed the week and had the greatest time. On our very first dive a manta ray passed over us three times (thanks Linda). Our diving was led at times by Linda... More 

Thank Seegs21
Denton, Texas
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6 reviews
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is the second time that I've used the dive shop at the Carib Inn. When (not if) I return, I wouldn't even consider anyone else. The staff is friendly and helpful, which I really appreciate. They even helped with things that had nothing to do with them-renting a camera! Bruce himself is usually around and friendly (and funny). The... More 

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Daniella - thank you and we are happy you had such a nice time here on Bonaire. Also thanks for the recommendation for our retail store. We do compete with US prices and in most cases beat them. Thanks again. Bruce More 

Villach, Austria
1 review
Reviewed 18 October 2016

As long time visitors to Bonaire, and in the meantime even owner of an apartment on dushi Boneiru, we had the chance to spend a week at Bruce Bowker´s Carib Inn. It was a great week in this quiet little resort. A wonderful experience full of hospitality and tranquility. Heidi and Markus

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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

On Bonaire diving and my regulator broke. Dive master said go see Bruce Bowers - he is the best person on the island to handle repairs. Bruce was great - fixed it in less than 10 minutes and only charged me $2. Stand up honest guy.

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Thank you and glad I could help. I can't fix everything but certainly try to fix as much as I can to keep people diving. Thanks again. Bruce More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I have been diving with Bruce Bowker's Carib inn for over 20 years. Very professional operation. Many of his staff have been there for over 25 years. It is a pleasure coming back every year with my family. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Instructor Linda Baker certified me as a divemaster in 1992 and... More 

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Thanks and as always great to see you each year. We all look forward to next time. Maybe some whalesharks or mantas? More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Great place to stay. Clean room, great staff, awesome diving just off the dock. Bonaire is a fun safe island and Bruce's place makes you feel welcome. I will stay again on our next trip to Bonaire. There are so many great reviews of this place and I agree with them!

1 Thank Niklar99
Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Thanks you and always nice to have you here with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Dobson, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Wife and I have been going here for about 12 yrs (she says 11, Bruce's records say 10). Maybe I'm wishful thinking. In any case, we find the accommodations more than adequate, the diving leisure and great, the staff excellent and always ready to help or point out things. The rooms are not palatial but comfortable and clean. We cook... More 

1 Thank Fred H

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn is a 5 Star PADI resort specializing in scuba diving. All levels of scuba instruction. Daily boat trips with experienced, knowledgeable guides. Shore diving also available. Excellent retail store with extremely competitive prices. Scuba repairs. Resort has fresh water pool, cable TV, free WIFI and daily maid service. Eleven units including a 3 bedroom house and a 4 bedroom house. Located on the sea with its own dock and boats. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

Address: J.A. Abraham Blvd 46, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Region: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Price Range: €94 - €141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Bruce Bowker`s Carib Hotel Bonaire
Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn Bonaire/Kralendijk
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Kralendijk
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kralendijk
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“All the rooms are within a couple hundred feet from the water- it is like your back yard next to the water - amazing place!”
 of 5 bubbles 162waynez, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“the rooms facing the sea side if you want a nice sunset”
 of 5 bubbles louisd789, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Room 6 is our favorite!”
 of 5 bubbles 764richs, 14 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Seaside bungalow was perfect!”
 of 5 bubbles X5060XYmelissab, 6 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The beach is very small, but the pool is great! The Carib Inn is about the diving!”
 of 5 bubbles bondmac595, 20 May 2016 | Read review
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