2019 Diving For Life - LGBTQ SCUBA Diving Jamboree

Captain Don's Habitat, Bonaire Sept. 14-21, 2019


D iving for Life co-coordinators Steve Mancuso, Tracy Taggart, and the entire DFL Board of Directors invite you to join us for our 28th Annual Diving For Life International Gay & Lesbian SCUBA Jamboree hosted at Captain Don's Habitat, Bonaire.

Captain Don's has always been a DFL favorite. With one of the best house reefs in the Caribbean, gorgeous sunsets, iguanas, gardens, and their own "Diving Freedom", Captain Don's is truly a gem of the Caribbean.

Captain Don's Habitat, Bonaire is centrally located just a short ride from Kralendijk on the island's south-western facing shoreline.

Steve Mancuso


Tracy Taggart


Resort Details

Founded in 1976 Captain Don’s Habitat has been in the forefront of environmentally sound developments on the island.


We invite you to join us for the
28th International Diving For Life Scuba Diving Jamboree.

Captain Don's Amenities

Additional Activities

Bonaire is not just a great place for diving. For you snorkelers and swimmers, Captain Don's house reef is one of the best out there. If you want to get out and see the island, Bonaire Tours & Vacations offers the largest variety of activities, tours and services on the island. Captain Don's also offers on-site car rentals! Explore the island, discover the national park or go bird watching, fishing, sailing & snorkeling. Explore town, go see the salt flats, dive into the island's history, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the island's famous flamingo colony! More information.


The Bonaire National Marine Park is arguably the best diving in the Caribbean.

When it comes to Bonaire's diving, it's simply legendary–from epic wall dives to nearly endless shore dive sites. Bonaire's abundant sea life, lush coral gardens and formations, warm blue and turquoise waters place Bonaire squarely on most of the world's best diving lists. Water temperatures are always warm and visibility is stunning. Bonaire's protected marine park's biodiversity is some of the highest in the Caribbean and is home to rays, turtles, barracuda, sharks, squid, jellies, and a variety of eels, nudibranchs, corals, sharks, and so much more. And with Captain Don's "Diving Freedom" you can do as much shore diving as you want at the house reef or anywhere on the island!

  • Unlimited shore diving (air)
  • Unlimited shore night diving (air)
  • Free tank, weights, and air refills
  • Nitrox is available (certified nitrox divers only) for an additional $60 for the week
  • Dive gear rentals available at an extra cost
Captain Don’s will provide free tank, weights, and air refills for DFL divers to do your own shore diving. Rent a car, grab your gear, a tank and weights and dive anywhere on the island!

2019 Bonaire Trip Package

Your trip package includes the following:

Your DFL 2019 Non-Diver Package includes:

  • 7 nights’ air conditioned accommodations
  • Airport transfers from Flamingo International Airport
  • Unlimited buffet meals beginning Saturday EVENING September 14th, and ending Saturday morning September 21st
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, tea, ice tea and soda by the glass)
  • A welcome rum punch
  • Happy Hour prices 6PM – 8PM at the bar
  • 10% discount on all spa services
  • Restaurant staff, bar staff, maids and hotel staff gratuities

Your DFL 2019 Diver Package for certified divers includes all of the above, PLUS:

  • Six days of boat dives Sunday through Friday (total of 12 dives) for certified divers only
  • Unlimited 24-hour shore diving for certified divers only/unlimited air refills
  • Bonaire Marine Park fee
  • Weights and weight belts
  • Dive staff gratuities
  • Nitrox is available (certified nitrox divers only) for an additional $60 for the week

NOT INCLUDED IN ANY PACKAGE: Additional activities, spa treatments and excursions not listed in the trip packages.

Evening Activities and Nightlife

In addition to diving, snorkeling, pool time, and fun group activities each day – our evenings will be filled with:

  • Welcome Party
  • Silent/Live Auction & Raffle
  • Costume Party
  • Two nights of live entertainment
To book and pay for extra nights at a DFL discounted rate
please contact Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas at 1-800-327-6709 or cdh@maduro.com.


We have several great options to choose from.

All guestrooms are carefully decorated and designed to meet your needs for a relaxing getaway.

At Casa Del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort you can choose between a Basic Standard or Superior Room located in the main building or a Deluxe Cabaña located in garden area of the hotel.

There is a tranquil fountain in the center of the 3 floor building. Standard amenities included private bath with shower, air conditioning with remote control, cable TV with remote control and direct dial telephone.

Racks for diving equipment and bathing suits, Iron and Ironing boards and hairdryers are provided in Superior Room and our Deluxe Cabaña.

Trip Costs & Payment Information

Deluxe Ocean Front Jr. Suite
Diver (per person)Non-diver (per person)
Deluxe Ocean View
Diver (per person)Non-diver (per person)
2BR Bungalow
Diver (per person)Non-diver (per person)
1BR Bungalow
Diver (per person)Non-diver (per person)
3BR Ocean Front Villa
Diver (per person)Non-diver (per person)

We have a limited number of rooms in each category. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Register early for the best chance to secure your preferred room choice.

To book and pay for extra nights at a DFL discounted rate
please contact Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas at 1-800-327-6709 or cdh@maduro.com.

DFL 2019 registration is closed.

Register for a Membership Account to be put on the 2020 Jamboree registration notification list.DFL2019@divingforlife.org

Payment Information

After filling out the initial registration form, a minimum deposit of US $500 is due payable by credit card. Balance due must be paid by June 15, 2019.

Travel Information

Travel information for Bonaire

We have been informed by Captain Don’s that there are only 4 direct non-stop flights into Bonaire on Saturdays: American Airlines from Miami arrives at 3:28 pm, Delta Airlines from Atlanta arrives at 2:40 pm, United Airlines from Newark arrives at 1:45 pm, and United Airlines from Houston arrives at 6:15 pm.

The limited flight options may require registrants to book earlier than they normally would.

As for the return flights, the options are fewer because the United to Houston return is not available on Saturday. It departs Sunday at 6:30 am. Anyone returning on that flight will need to pay for meals and lodging beginning after breakfast on Saturday September 21.

To book and pay for extra nights at a DFL discounted rate please contact Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas at the information below.

Need help booking your flights or booking extra nights?

Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas can handle all of your arrangements.
Be sure to tell them you will be attending Diving For Life.

Contact Maduro