Welcome to ScubaBoard, an online scuba diving forum community where you can join over 205,000 divers diving from around the world. If the topic is related to scuba diving, this is the place to find divers talking about it. To gain full access to ScubaBoard (and make this large box go away) you must register for a free account. As a registered member you will be able to:
Participate in over 500 dive topic forums and browse from over 5,500,000 posts.
Communicate privately with other divers from around the world.
Post your own photos or view from well over 100,000 user submitted images.
Gain access to our free classifieds marketplace to buy, sell and trade gear, travel and services.
Use the calendar to organize your events and enroll in other members' events.
Find a dive buddy or communicate directly with scuba equipment manufacturers.
All this and much more is available to you absolutely free when you register for an account, so sign up today!
NEW for 2014 Access SBlogbook for members. It allows you to directly upload data from your dive computer, validate your logs digitally, link your dives to photos, videos, dive centers (9,000 on file), fishes (14,000 on file) and much more.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact the ScubaBoard Support Team.
Congratulations on deciding to get certified. I was able to find some information about exchange rates in the areas you mentioned. As of 7/19/2000, the exchange rate for the US Dollar to the Guyanese Dollar is 1 to 180.518, to the Netherlands Antilles Guilder - 1 to 1.7624, to the Barbados Dollar - 1 to 1.9912 and of course the US Virgin Islands uses the US Dollar.
Just select the country name from the dropdown menu and click on submit.
I checked several places and couldn't find any information about diving in Guyana, but I did find lots of information about the US Virgin Islands, Barbados and the Netherlands Antilles. In fact, at scubadirectory.com, I found 79 entries for the US Virgin Islands alone.
Good luck finding the information you are looking for. If you have any questions, just ask.
You have just described Bonaire to a tee, great & easy diving, great people, no crowds and a good dollar value. We just got back from there and had a blast (second year in a row and already talking about next year). I can highly recommend 2 operations in particular, Sand dollar Dive and Photo, ( http://www.sanddollardive.com/ )and Buddy Dive ( http://www.buddydive.com/ )both are PADI shops and are located next door to each other. Buddy Dive was rated 5th best dive operation in the world in 2000 by a leading scuba mag. The drive and dive package offered by Buddy is great and is all it is advertised to be. I must warn you however, if your first dive experience is Bonaire, you wil most likely be spoiled for life. I will be happy to answer questions if I can.
Bonair is a great value for diving, mainly because there's so much shore diving available which reduces the cost wherever you dive. Comparing boat diving value only, the best value is in Cozumel, the Mexican Riviera (Playa del Carmen, Tulum, & points in between), & Honduras. All of these offer excellent value because of comparatively deflated exchange rates. Avoid the high cost islands, including the BVI, USVI, Caymans, and others with well developed non-diver tourism.
Generally they have high cost of living which reflects in the price of everything. Note, that I'm not talking about the diving itself, just the total cost vs. quality of diving.
I like Bonaire and it has already been said that diving there will spoil you on Caribbean diving. THAT is the truth. If it wasn't for the reefs, Bonaire would be a forgotten island except for communication towers and salt production. If you want something to do other than diving, go to Curacao.
"Those who do not use local guides are unable to obtain the advantages of the ground." - Sun Tzu
Just a warning, if you are new to diving, shore dives may not be the way to go. While Bonaire is the most amazing place in the world, you should know how to navigate. If not, you could find it stressful when you surface and you don't knew where your entry point was.
I'm sure there are guides, but that jacks up the cost. But, Banaire is amazing