We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Kralendijk
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Bruce Bowker\\
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
There are newer reviews for Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
See the most recent reviews
Showing 118: English reviews
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...

3Thank 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.

Newmarket, Canada
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...

Thank JAM2344
Newcastle, Maine
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...

1Thank 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.

Mill Spring, North Carolina
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...

1Thank 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.

Perth, Canada
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,...

1Thank 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.

Reviewed 24 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...

4Thank 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.

Glastonbury, Connecticut
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...

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.

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...

1Thank 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.

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...

Thank DaisyandDex
Waterford, Ireland
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...

1Thank spokebreaker
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

125 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (73)
Hotel & Grounds (21)
Pool/Beach Area (9)
View from Room (4)
Room/Suite (6)
Dining (2)
Other (31)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (52)
Family/Play Areas (1)
Pool/Beach Area (16)
Room/Suite (8)
Business Centre/Function Rooms (2)
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Other (24)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Kralendijk hotels
1.8 km away
Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
3.7 km away
Coral Paradise Resort
Coral Paradise Resort
#1 of 22 in Kralendijk
460 reviews
0.2 km away
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
10.8 km away
Captain Don's Habitat
Captain Don's Habitat
#7 of 22 in Kralendijk
424 reviews
2.6 km away
Harbour Village Beach Club
Harbour Village Beach Club
#3 of 22 in Kralendijk
527 reviews
3.8 km away
Bamboo Bali Bonaire Resort
Bamboo Bali Bonaire Resort
#1 of 41 in Kralendijk
411 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
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: $134 - $201 (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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kralendijk
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kralendijk
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Cache Creek, Canada

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“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
5 of 5