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My partner and I spent a month in Bonaire. We didn't dive with DFB, but we had a bunch of equipment malfunctions and they were an authorized dealer/servicer of... read more that brand (which I won't mention now, save that for later).
This was a huge trip for us and we had so much invested in it monetarily and emotionally. DFB went ABOVE AND BEYOND for us. They serviced our gear, they sat with us and explained everything, they interacted with the manufacturer, they stood up for us. I sat with Alex for 45 mins in the upstairs workshop and diagnosed an issue with a comms system. They also lent us replacement gear for free just to ensure we could get out diving without having to pay even more money.
Nothing that happened was their fault, but they were just the warmest, kindest, most accommodating people. Special shoutout to Alex and Sam who were our island heroes.
ryandiver November 22, 2022
I just came back from Bonaire, where I had their "package" of unlimited shore dives plus three two-tank boat dives. First, the shop itself. It is a very... read more well-run, professional, yet friendly organisation, which actually has four "stations"/shops plus a main retail shop. The shops are in town, north of town, and south of town, so it's never far to any of the east-side dive sites. It was very convenient to be able to pick up tanks at one station and drop them off at another. I didn't need to rent any equipment other than a pony bottle (in addition to tanks and weights of course) for my shore dives (self-reliant), so I can't say anything about their rental gear. But then I get to the boat (a catamaran hull). All three days, it was immaculately clean and shiny, with plenty of storage space even with 18 guests onboard one day. It was probably the nicest dive boat I've even been on, and I've been on MANY. The crew was efficient and knowledgeable. Only two things one must keep in mind: 1) there is no holding tank, thus no marine head, and I heard more than one say much of the second dive they thought about how badly they wanted to get ashore to use a toilet. 2) They offered no snacks at all in between dives, which I've never experienced before. Maybe there's some local regulation, but I don't know why they couldn't at least offer some cut-up pineapple or the like. I will return to Bonaire, and when I do I will for sure arrange to dive which this company again.
Jeffrey P November 19, 2022
Excellent service from DF personnel - My wife and I returned in October for our 14th visit to Bonaire. Once again, there is an almost total turnover of front-line personnel with Dive Friends. The... read more Director of Operations (?) at Yellow Sub was the only face I recognized from prior visits, and he was cheerful and friendly as he always has been. (sorry, but cannot recall his name). Even with “new” employees every year, somehow DF appears to attract young, friendly, and competent persons to work the shops. We only shore dive, so I did not get to meet boat captains or dive guides.
While almost all DF employees we interacted with were pleasant, I wish to recognize the following persons by name and location for providing excellent service or conversation:
Operations Director (?) @ Yellow Sub
Mayra and Miek @ Yellow Sub
Jaap and Isa @ Dive Inn
Lars and Arte @ Port Bonaire
Dark skinned deaf fellow @ Sand Dollar (best description I can come up with)
Overall, my experiences with Dive Friends through the years have been very positive, and the persons above continued our dedication to DF as our dive supplies provider on Bonaire. I look forward to diving with you next time I visit!
Venture200807 November 15, 2022
Perfect rescue course, perfect guided dives - Did the rescue course and guided dives with Nils. Absolute fantastic job. One of the greatest instructors i‘ve ever met
flxsp November 14, 2022
We used Dive Friends for the first time for two weeks of Unlimited Air/Nitrox package for two couples. The staff were so friendly and helpful (particularly Mic, Morgan and Sarah... read more at Yellow Submarine and Sand Dollar). The ability to use seven of the dive centres across the island is a game changer and we would highly recommend Dive Friends. We also did the Fluorescent (UV) night dive brilliantly led by Sarah where we saw squid, lobsters and Fluorescent coral. We look forward to diving again with Dive Friends in 2023