Blogs from Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands, Central America Caribbean


This looked quite a flat island in comparison to a lot of the other islands we had visited, but is well renowned for its sea life, so we disembarked the ship and went to Spice Beach (us$ 2.50) Arrived early enough to get a sun bed and an umbrella and Chris hired the snorkel gear (US$10) and for me a huge yellow float with a viewing place for your head! (US$15.00 for ½ hr) It was totally amazing! You only had to walk out a few feet and then there was a shelf which is where most of the fish swam up and down, The half hour went quite quickly just watching the fish – so many shapes. colours and sizes! At lunchtime we took a taxi (US$20) to Lac Bai passing the salt flats in ... read more
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Me in the water!!
Lac Bai

Diving on Bonaire with Bonnie, my great divebuddy. We stayed on Bonaire from Dec.11th to 21th and did quite a lot of diving - 28 dives alone on Bonaire... and had a tiny bit of trouble with equipment, and a few other things- it caused some stress on us. However the diving and the island of Bonaire was great. We also had great dives (her 100th, the dives around Klein-Bonaire, the Saltpier) and some eerie nightdives (with hunting tarpons). I liked especially diving the Hilma Hooker, the afternoon dive at windsock and the dives around Klein-Bonaire. I liked the corals and reef fish- great moments were the squids around us , a crab and moray in a hole, the angelfish. I missed some large pelagic fish, however (besides the tarpons). Maybe the greatest dive was our ... read more
Bonnie's 100th dive
A Seahorse on her 100th dive
A great barracuda at the Hilma Hooker

Bonaire: Early this morning we approached the island of Bonaire from the north. At approximately 7:00 a.m. we were safely alongside Kralendijk cruise terminal, port side to quay. Bonaire is a Caribbean island which together with Aruba and Curacao forms the group known as the ABC islands, located off the North coast of South America near the western port of Venezuela. The name Bonaire is thought to have originally come from the Caquetio word ‘Bonay’. The early Spanish and Dutch modified its speling to Bonjaj and also Bonaire, which means ‘Good Air’. Our tour today included Bonaire’s highlights folk centre, history and breath taking natural sites. It is surrounded by turquoise waters, has huge cacti, divi divi tres, flamingos, and panoramic views. We heard tales of Rincon Village and toured a cultural park with costumed guides. ... read more
Typical fence
Lovely colour
Local fauna

For first time in a long time I was actually glad that the trip was coming to an end. My ear was hurting and my head was hurting in every dive. I felt like catching a cold but didn’t skip any dive. I couldn’t concentrate underwater with a headache. The last subject that I actually pulled tru my pain and tried to photograph was a blenny that lives under the private dock north of Something Special. This guy was a very special one because it lives inside orange cup soft coral that makes a colorful background. I didn’t have an amazing photo trip but it was nice to go somewhere. We chose to dive the same location over an over so we could go back to specific subjects and watch their behaviour. It was also nice ... read more
Playing on the other side of the camera
Chasing Pink Flamingos

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
Wild flamingos

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

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

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