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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

This was my home away from home for the past week. My 2 teenage boys and I got certified last summer and had never had an ocean diving experience. We selected Carib Inn and I am SO HAPPY that we did! This is a small resort that made us feel like we were on vacation with lifelong friends. Other guests... More 

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

Thanks and glad you enjoyed your dive trip. Also more than pleased to help with anything we can do to improve your diving skills and overall experience. We look forward to your next trip to Bonaire. More 

Newmarket, Canada
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5 reviews
Reviewed 5 June 2016

Great value, great place, wonderful people. We spent 9 days and wish we could have spent more time. We rented an efficiency unit - everything was ready for our late arrival and when we checked in the next day Linda took the time to assign me a tank, supplied weights and explained about the marine park fee. Throughout our stay... More 

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Newcastle, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is a fabulous place. Like myself, many of the guests are return customers so you start to recognize other guests after a while. So, what keeps everyone coming back? The staff is friendly. While not luxurious, the rooms are always clean and well-appointed. The dive leaders treat you like an adult. They are always willing to lend a hand... More 

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

Always nice to have you staying with us. We look forward to your next stay and diving here on Bonaire. More 

Mill Spring, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 May 2016

This was our 12th trip to Bonaire, and to the Carib Inn. Everything stays the same but gets better. Bruce is continually improving the property and has the best staff from housekeeping to dive masters of any I've ever experienced, anywhere! It's great to come back to place where you know you will make new friends and get reacquainted with... More 

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1 Thank bondmac595
Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Thanks and always nice to have you staying with us. We all look forward to seeing and diving with you next time. More 

Perth, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Great place to stay and great place to dive! Bruce and his staff are all amazing! Dive Master Instructors are all knowledgeable and friendly! Located 10 mins from the main town shopping as well as to the new grocery store, should you have a unit with a kitchen. It is a quiet Inn with 11 units. There is a pool,... More 

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

Thank you. We all enjoyed having you at the Carib Inn and diving with you. Look forward to seeing you again sometime here on Bonaire. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

My husband and I LOVED our stay at the Carib Inn. My husband was already certified, but I took my open water class through the inn. JC was my instructor and was so helpful. I was a little nervous going into it, but he made the course and dives so much fun. Taking the open water certification class here was... More 

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4 Thank Emily L
Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice words. We enjoyed having you here and hope to see you again. More 

Glastonbury, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Because I frequent Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn because it's the best dive retail store with the best prices on Bonaire, I saw that they were having a night dive to Klein Bonaire. I wanted to do a night dive for my birthday. I decided to opt into this opportunity. Fortunately, they had two spaces left on the boat -- one... More 

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Thank SarahS1972
Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your night dive. We find it to be some of the most exciting type of diving. Regarding the boats, Bonaire doesn't get very rough seas and in the case of a bad storm we would never take them out. Boat trips are only an average of 10 minutes , so no long boat rides here. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We just spent 5 nights at the Carib Inn. We enjoyed every minute and aspect of this great place that makes you feel at home and part of a family every chance they get! The rooms are well supplied, very clean and well laid out. We are a couple and stayed in the standard room by the poolside. We had... More 

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

Always nice to have you staying and diving with us. Carib Inn staff look forward to seeing you again here on Bonaire soon. More 

London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2016

This was our third time to Bonaire to dive and we've stayed at the Carib Inn for part or all of each trip. This trip we stayed in the two-bed seaside apartment and two sets of friends stayed in rooms around the pool, which was a perfect set-up for a group. Our last trip here was in 2006, so we... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2016

You will feel like family here, Bruce's dive shop is the best by far on the island. If you need repair he is the best and if you need new gear his prices are better than internet prices. The rooms are very large and most you could live in for months and you wish you could, All dive masters treat... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review! We always look forward to having you (and your wife) here. We all were distressed by your injury, but you really held up well, considering how seriously you were injured. And our other guests (your neighbors) were so concerned and helpful. Best of luck with your recovery. Kitty Handschuh More 

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • 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: RM447 - RM670 (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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“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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