Captain Don's Habitat

Captain Don's Habitat

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#7 of 12 resorts in Kralendijk
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On Bonaire, Captain Don's Habitat is the Original Home of Diving Freedom. We offer a full range of boat diving, shore diving, nitrox, tech diving, courses or a combination of each. All this can be done at your pace in a laid back and friendly environment that brings our guests back year after year. Wake up to the breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea after a great night's sleep in one of our huge and newly renovated ocean view rooms, 2 bedroom cottages or our brand new 3 bedroom garden villa (available September 1, 2015) Between dives, you can stroll through the lush gardens, which are home to more than 50 animal and plant species, relax by the pool or get pampered at the on site spa. Enjoy delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner oceanside at RumRunners restaurant or relax on your own terrace with a self prepared meal from your own kitchenette. Vacation means freedom. Experience the freedom that brings guests back year after year to Captain Don's Habitat.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Meeting rooms
Spa
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Safe
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family Resort
Great View
Languages Spoken
Dutch

Location

103 Kaya Gobernador Debrot, Kralendijk Bonaire
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Flamingo Intl Airport
Aeropuerto Hato
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Bob H wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The habitat of captain Don is on the sea, the restaurant is on the edge of the sea on a prominence overlooking sunsets or the dive boats at mooring . The sun always shone, clean fresh drinking water flows out of the taps, the ocean water is crystal and filled with life. A buoyancy checkout dive becomes a full scale diving brochure just off the dock, tropicals in profusion.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: deluxe room all overlook the sea
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Response from EduardoBordones, Online Support Team at Captain Don's Habitat
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Dear BobhH7879AP, On behalf of our entire team of operations and management here at Captain Don's Habitat, we want to thank you very much for this wonderful review! Thank you for your compliments about our central location, delicious dining, unforgettable sunsets, 24-hour front desk, and the excellent overall Captain Don's Habitat experience. Our entire operations team works very hard every day to ensure excellence, and it puts a smile on our face knowing you've had a great stay. Please do come back and visit us again very soon! Sunny greetings from Bonaire :-) Yours truly, Eduardo Bordones Online Support Team Captain Don's Habitat, Bonaire
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Sunshine580144 wrote a review Feb 2023
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been going to Captain Don’s to dive for years and have watched it fall in disrepair. The rooms need help - deep cleaning, new mattresses, paint and just some TLC. The staff used to be friendly and helpful, but that has gone by the wayside. The restaurant prices are exorbitant, and the food does not reflect the price increases. The dive operation is pitiful. The lockers are a mess - the doors are literally falling off the hinges and the rest of them are rotting with paint chipping off onto our dive gear. The rinse tanks are filled in the morning and left there all day. The rinse water is disgusting by the end of the second dive. I empty the tanks and refill them myself because I don’t want my gear in that water. That is just unacceptable.
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Date of stay: February 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: We will be trying another dive resort the next time we go to Bonaire.
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Girefamily wrote a review Jul 2022
Chino Hills, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just got back from a lovely week at Captain Don's. My second time to Bonaire but first time to Captain Don's. Stayed in a two bedroom bungalow which as others have mentioned is 'rustic' and could use a coat of paint. The pool out front was undergoing renovation but will be super cool when it's done for future guests to enjoy. Diving was top notch, dive shop great and accommodating to your diving needs. Boat rides were friendly, fun and easy do to. Get your 'to go' nitrox out of the locker before closing 5pm or you're stuck dragging them up from the bottom of the hill. We used our truck and had great off site dives as well, but Don's makes it really easy to get a fat package of boat dives and just kick it at the resort. Breakfast buffet was good, typical fare but friendly staff and a great view. Short order available if the buffet doesn't suit. The bungalows are away from the water and I'd probably stay in a beach front and get two rooms, but the 2 bed was a great space to spread out in. Showers hot, beds comfy, air con cold. Maid service was very good. We used Tweel and the other grocery store across the street for lunch meats, cheeses, snacks and beer. Tap water is awesome to drink and use for ice.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Alexander S wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A really nice hotel that has a good location on the coast of Bonaire, where you can see many great fish while snorkelling at the hotel jetty.

We had a family bungalow which was really spacious with one living room, 2 baths , 2 bedrooms and a large terrace and everything was very clean and set in a beautifully landscaped garden.

The breakfast buffet offers plenty of choice and although we did not eat at the Rum Runners's Restaurant during our stay, which is located on the terrace with a beautiful view, we got the impression that it seems to be very good and that it was well attended every evening, which is why the very nice staff at the hotel reception ask you to book a table before you visit.

At the bar, delicious cocktails are conjured up that are second to none.

Kralendijk is within half an hour's walking distance and there is a supermarket only five minutes away where you can get everything you need.

The hotel is also a good starting point for excursions by rental car, as it takes no more than 40 minutes to get to either the southern or northern end of Bonaire.

All in all, I can say that we had a wonderful time and highly recommend the hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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BoardingPass623127 wrote a review Feb 2020
Richmond, Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Capt Don’s resort, dive shop and Rum Runners Restaurant are superb. The rooms are clean and very comfortable. The dive operation is safe, great rental gear, plenty of tanks and the dive guides/ instructors are first rate. Rum Runners restaurant offers great breakfast buffet as well as lunches, dinners and snacks. We were very impressed and would stay there again anytime!! Thank you all for a fabulous vacation!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from EduardoBordones, Online Support Team at Captain Don's Habitat
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Dear BoardingPass623127, On behalf of our entire team of operations and management here at Captain Don's Habitat, we want to thank you very much for this wonderful review! Thank you for your compliments about our central location, delicious dining, car rental service, room service, and the excellent overall Captain Don's Habitat experience. Our entire operations team works very hard every day to ensure excellence, and it puts a smile on our face knowing you've had a great stay. Please do come back and visit us again very soon! Sunny greetings from Bonaire :-) Yours truly, Eduardo Bordones Online Support Team Captain Don's Habitat, Bonaire
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Stacy wrote a review Jan 2024
Tumwater, Washington
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Captain Don’s was a disappointment. Yes, we were on vacation in beautiful Bonaire, but Captain Don’s was just “adequate” at best.

Upon arrival, we were given a mediocre welcome with no explanation as to where anything was or how the dive shop operated. We had to put down a $600.00 deposit for the hotel and a $500.00 deposit for the attached restaurant. This was not a terrible issue for us but for someone travelling on a budget, $1100.00 is a lot of money to have tied up for over a week.

Our room was very basic, reminiscent of a 2 star type motel. You have to lock your door from the inside with an actual key, which seemed unsafe, in the case of a fire. There were several times we would go to leave and remember to get the key out and unlock the door so we could exit.

Maid service was very hit or miss. A few times during our stay we would come back late afternoon and they had not touched the room, or they did part of the room and never came back. One time, they left our door unlocked (thank God we used the safe). There was just no attention to detail.

The restaurant was PAINFULLY SLOW. We would try to have lunch in between our dives and would often almost miss the boat. The service was very nonchalant and aloof, sometimes borderline rude from the female server. The food was very good once we received it.

We showed up at the bar the first night to be ignored and then treated as if we were a hassle. The prices for drinks were pretty high and we never went back after the first night. This is unusual for us as we love to hang out at the bar when we are on diving trips to meet and visit with other divers.

There is no pool service, so you have to get out of the pool and walk around (a fair distance) to the bar to get drinks. The one time I did this, I was admonished for getting their (outside concrete) floor wet.

The dive shop was just meh. The boats were decent but they took us to several of the same dive sites over the week. We observed a newer diver being admonished very publicly, which made me feel bad for them.

The dock was torn apart when we were there which made for an interesting time getting in and out. They started tearing the gear lockers apart while we were there and did not tell us beforehand. They took gear out of peoples lockers and just laid them on open tables.

After leaving, I noticed that the restaurant charged me for food and beverages leftover from someone who had used our room from a month before we arrived. Make sure you really check your receipts to make sure they don’t add someones tab to yours.

While there we walked over to Buddy Dived and when we come back to Bonaire, that is most likely where we will stay.

Captain Dons needs to step it up.
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Date of stay: December 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SavvyTraveler552 wrote a review Jun 2022
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Capt. Don's is a scuba-focused resort that's somewhere between a hotel and a resort. It's largely under construction and although the noise wasn't too bad it's not pretty to look at. We stayed in one of the two-bedroom cabins with a kitchen. It felt a lot like summer camp with old appliances, a rickety screen door, and a complete lack of comfort. There was a lawn in front with plastic grass.

We did have a nice front porch with seating so we had most meals out side. We're very happy to have had a kitchen because the food there was generally awful and the service was worse. For breakfast they ran out of coffee, butter, and bread. It took 30 minutes for someone to brew a bot. The eggs and bacon and meat in the warmers on the buffet were dry as dust. There was no fresh fruit except for some bananas. After two days of this we decided to just make food in our cabin even though we had purchased the breakfast package, it was that bad. Dinner wasn't much better but the pizza was okay. Drinks were expensive. The service was surprisingly rude. There seemed to be a staffing shortage and no one was happy about it.

The diving was a bit loose and free, which is what this shore diving destination is supposed to be about. I would have preferred to have full air tanks instead of grabbing half empty ones. We ended up taking a few extra for each dive just in case. We did two boat dives and they were okay. We drive all the way to one destination only to find that it was full and we had to do a different destination which was a repeat for some on the boat and they weren't happy. The dive masters were okay. They didn't point anything out and in my opinion, having 13 people surface with completely empty tanks is not a safe dive but no one seemed to care.

On the plus side the house reef is really nice and we dove it almost every afternoon. The showers are nice and hot and the beds aren't bad. If you don't scuba dive there would be no reason to put up with the lack of comfort or good food though. If you want to scuba with a large group, which seemed to be most of the guests, this place is fine.
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Date of stay: April 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Look for a room away from the construction.
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Desiree D wrote a review Apr 2022
Benicia, California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Well we came to Captain Don’s Habitat. Facility looked nice but don’t let that fool you. Maid service was terrible! They did not change sheets but once a week, they would pick up towels on the floor but did not replace then daily some days we did not even have towels for showers. Captain Don’s Habitat charges you to use the safe in the room.
Worst of all the dive shop was a joke. We had 17 people in our group and they gave us only 1 dive master, yes for all 17 of us. There was no deck hand and no real help.
Some times the dive master would exit the water while people were still in the water .
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Good luck, they all have at least a little view
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Raja s wrote a review Dec 2023
Sunnyvale, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms were comfortable, clean and spacious with daily room service. The rooms have a big patio that was comfortable to store all the diving gear. There's also a restaurant in house that prioritizes the hotel guests and has good lunch and dinner options for vegetarians.

The highlight was the dive shop. We were certified in open water diving very recently and wanted more support in the water as we worked on our skills. The daily boat rides from this resort were convenient and did a great job helping us get more comfortable. We did 7 dives over 3 days (they do 3 boat dives every day and it's extra $$).
We loved diving with Cristina, Ludson and others and would be happy to stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Roger L wrote a review Oct 2021
Kralendijk, Bonaire
4.0 of 5 bubbles
6:00 pm reservation and we were seated immediately drinks were slow to get to us so that’s why the four rating being Bonaire Coulinair week which is a three course meal all around at participating restaurants for $33.00 I had the tuna tartare as an appetizer then had amazing Marrakech Jambalaya which had chicken thighs cut up homemade merquez and baby shrimp which was awesome for dessert I had key. Lime pie trifle also very good. For the most part waitstaff was good just had to wait for drinks and check at the end
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Reservations needed
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WileCoyote asked a question Aug 2022
Waynesville, Missouri22 contributions2 helpful votes
Is Captain Don’s Habitat an all inclusive resort?
Answer from ChristyMackley
Johns Creek, Georgia114 contributions44 helpful votes
No, it's not all-inclusive. There is a restaurant and bar on property, and you can open a tab for the week and sign to your room but it's a la carte. There are many great restaurants on the island, so you'll want to get off property sometimes!
SeriousCallersOnly wrote a tip Jul 13
Vancouver, Washington43 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room Tip: Shower dispensers contain body wash & 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner. If separate hair care products are desired bring your own. "
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Allison N wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bennington4 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Would recommend renting a pick up truck to dive other sites. To dive east coast, make reservations well in advance of trip."
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RyFable wrote a tip Jan 2024
5 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dive and stay with Buddy Dive!"
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ballerina_1852 wrote a tip Apr 2023
Evansville, Indiana53 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"bring your own conditioner for hair and coffee They only give you a days worth"
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Roger wrote a tip Apr 2023
Massachusetts30 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They are working hard to increase parking for guests I think they need someone at the gate more"
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C$227 - C$301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
56
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Frequently Asked Questions about Captain Don's Habitat
Which popular attractions are close to Captain Don's Habitat?
Nearby attractions include Bari Reef (0.8 km), Go Caving Bonaire (1.1 km), and Empire Cinema (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Captain Don's Habitat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Captain Don's Habitat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Captain Don's Habitat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Captain Don's Habitat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Captain Don's Habitat?
Conveniently located restaurants include CHEFS Bonaire, Eddy's Bar & Restaurant, and Breeze 'n Bites.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Captain Don's Habitat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Captain Don's Habitat have airport transportation?
Yes, Captain Don's Habitat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Captain Don's Habitat offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Captain Don's Habitat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hilma Hooker (7.5 km) and Fort Oranje (2.9 km).
Does Captain Don's Habitat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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