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Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

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Princess Anne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I just returned from Bonaire and spent the week diving with Bruce Bowker Carib Inn. We have dove several times with Bruce Bowker's dive operation and it has always been a good experience. It was a good week seeing old friends and meeting new ones. If considering a trip to Bonaire, set up your diving with Carib...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't stay here, but we dove with them for 11 days, and they are fantastic! The dive masters are all fun, and thorough, and really pay attention, they are willing to share their knowledge, and Bruce and Kitty couldn't be more helpful. We plan to come back again and again.

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

Thanks for the nice comments. Always happy to have you dive with us and we hope to see you again soon.

Vancouver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented equipment from Bruce, and dove with them as well. What a great experience. Shop prices are so reasonable that in many cases it was as cheap or cheaper to buy gear than rent it for the week (which means I now have dive gear I can use again next time). Friendly staff that bend over backwards to help...

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

It was nice having you dive with us. Glad we could help and you are happy with you new dive equipment. Look forward to seeing you again.

Toronto
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Great Value, comfortable rooms, fantastic staff. The rock solid consistency year after year has kept us coming back annually for more than 25 years. One need only ask those staying at the Carib Inn if they have stayed there before, to gauge the level of report guest bookings. Often the entire inn is repeat guests, with many many guests making...

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

Always nice to have you dive and stay with us. We look forward to seeing you next time! Staff all say "hello".

USA
Reviewed 15 December 2016

First time to Bonaire and the Carib Inn was perfect for us. 2 hours after touchdown at the airport we were in the water exploring the house reef for our checkin dive. Stayed in room #8, loved having the private deck to relax on when we were not enjoying sunsets from the communal decks (with BBQ!). Hotel is small enough...

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

Thank you and we are glad you had a nice time here on Bonaire. The Carib inn has stayed its size from many decades. We don't want to get big and lose the friendliness you mentioned. Hope to see you again soon.

Olney, Illinois
Reviewed 28 November 2016

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...

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

Wayne - thanks and we look forward to you next visit. How many has it been til now?

Mooresville, North Carolina
Reviewed 26 November 2016 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...

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

Nick - thanks and the crew certainly enjoyed diving with you!

Erie, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 13 November 2016

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...

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Denton, Texas
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...

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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

Villach, Austria
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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  • Beachfront
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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
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Kralendijk
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kralendijk
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“Rooms 7 & 8 have their own private deck facing the water”
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 of 5 bubbles PassportJunky, 15 Dec 2016 | Read review
“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!”
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“Seaside bungalow was perfect!”
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