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Bon dive 16. Carl’s Beach (next to town pier). We went in the water around 1 pm. I checked the shallows and found 2 white mantis shrimp in holes and a falbellina. I turned some rocks around hoping to find cling fish, bumble bee shrimp or nudis. I didn’t find much and I moved on towards the reef. There was a mooring block on the way that looked interesting. Of course I saw steve’s fins poking out of there. He signaled me to 2 sponge bob’s of course I only saw one. It looked that I could get some negative space out of it so I plopped down and dedicated to it. In the meantime I saw redlip blennies sitting on fire coral, 2 very active Pederson cleaner shrimp claning small butterflies, damselfish and another type ... read more


Ebby told us about a pair of froggies one green and one yellow on a green sponge at 40ft off the dock of the dive friends location. We found the location but no froggies they must have mated and moved away. We searched the area for stuff happening. We saw butterflies mating, schools of snappers, a few cleaning stations… I photographed a white porcelain crab on a seaurchin one more time. I couldn’t see the eyes of the crab on my photos from the day before so I wanted another chance to better the shot. It was bright white on a dark yellow urchin very challenging to calibrate the proper exposure but it was fun. I watched Steve photographing the butterflies mating and then I gave it a go. He also photographed a secretary blenny inside ... read more
Butterfly Love Dance


Bon Bini! Welcome to Bonaire. Today we stopped at the beautiful island of Bonaire. Other than Aruba for example, Bonaire does not have too many tourists (yet?!), but the nature is very impressive. There are way more Dutch than Americans here and we really got the impression that we are in a way more "natural" place, which kept its own charme. From the capital Kralendijk we started all around the island. We saw wild flamingos and goats, passed the huge saltfields and the beautiful coral beaches. Our first stop was at the old slavehuts and we were able to look and also crawl inside, and I really mean crawl. They were very tiny and you could get a real feeling how the slaves had to live back then. After a small stop on a lovely beach, ... read more
Slavehuts
Wild flamingos
Saltfield


Bonaire The island is much as I remember it. The buildings looked freshly painted and the streets are clean and almost graffiti free. I arrived at the meeting place at the end of the pier early and found I forgot my credit card. I fought my way against the tide up the gangway, rushed back to my room and returned to the meeting spot. It was great morning exercise. But wait there’s more to come. The boat was moored at the Divi Flamingo Hotel so off we went by foot. The hotel is not far, about ¼ mile but we all had our gear so it was a trek. Once on board we immediately headed to Klein Bonaire, a small islet offshore that is located in the middle of the Bonaire Marine Park. We began our ... read more


The best way to get to know your camera is to use it! I went on a photo dive trip by my self with the only purpose connecting with my equipment. My first dive was a night dive. I was excited. It took me all afternoon to check and double check the orings. And that all parts were put toguether right. Lower the camera by my self on a long dock at Black Durgeon and happy I go to take my first photo and first lesson learnt: I forgot to take the lens cap off. I didn't have the balls to get out of the water and take the port off to remove the lens so I continue my dive like that. I only had one strobe and it took me a long time to actually ... read more
The find of the trip!
Red lips
Brittle Star

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May 22nd thru May 29th. When Plan A of vacation fails, there's always Plan B. I was to go to Belize with GAP Adventures in May, but not enough people signed up. I rescheduled for June. That trip also fell through due to lack of interest. I called Crazy Scuba in Richardson, TX and they recommended Bonaire. It's a diver's paradise and well known for shore diving. I checked the airlines and found an incredible deal, actually, a STEAL! I booked the airfare and knew that I wanted to stay at Buddy Dive Resort. The flight down to Bonaire really sucks, it is as tho the airlines know you're excited about "getting there", so they slow down the process. I sat at Houston Intercontinental Airport for 7 hours. Finally, around midnight the flight took off. Arrived ... read more
Buddy Dive Bonaire
Buddy Dive Resort
Divers at Buddy Dive Bonaire


Just in case anyone thought I'd settled a little too comfortably into Calgary life, I'm writing to say Bon Dia (Good Day) from Bonaire. Bon - where? You ask. A tiny, laid-back island in the Dutch Antilles, I'd never heard of it either until a chance meeting with Joost, an elementary school teacher, during a visit with Koert in the Netherlands. When Joost revealed he was moving to this strange new place, I already knew it would be my next destination. Finally, after a winter of pining for sun, sand and vitamine D, I am enjoying tropical sounds, a cool breeze and the sight of sun-drenched fuschia flowers outside my window. Joost and his friend, Romy (here living her dream as a horseback tour guide) inducted me into their lives the moment I escaped the long, ... read more
Into the Setting Sun
Primadonna Iguana
Great Blue


After some cereal at the hotel, Nick was very excited to do Bonaire's most dived wreck, The Hilma Hooker. No, the ship did not sink because it was overloaded with hookers. It did, however, have 25,000 pounds of marajuana stashed on it. You can read a more detailed history of it here . The ship lies on her starboard side in about 100 feet of seawater. The water temperature was a beautiful 82 degrees. We saw huge tarpon hanging out in the shadows of the ship. The shadow made photography conditions bad...I wish I had underwater housing for my Nikon. This is me at the stern of the Hilma Hooker (with horrible trim). You can see the prop. This is me, again with horr... read more


First dive of the day is 1000 steps, so-called because you have to go down 50-something steps to get to the beach. Bonaire has amazing coral and tons of sea life. After 1000 steps we headed to our next dive site, Oil Slick. The entry at Oil Slick is one of the coolest ones I have done. You giant stride from the surface into the ocean, which lies about 4-5 feet below you. I forgot to take the lense off the camera for my first 10 pictures of the dive. Nick is definitely the better photographer. When we got ... read more


After almost 24 hours of traveling, Nick and Mary finally arrived in Bonaire! We picked up our rental truck. To our surprise it was a manual, which meant Nick was incharge of driving and Mary the navigator. The speedometers are in kilometers, and so are the speed limits. Mary's favorite street sign: We followed Kaya Grande through downtown Kralendijk and finally arrived at our hotel, Golden Reef Inn. The "room" they put us in was actually more of a house, maybe about three blocks from the actual hotel. We felt pretty isolated, and eventually got it changed on the second or third night. We dropped off our luggage and got out the dive gear--we were very anxious to finally get in the water! img=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2489/3679798545_94... read more




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