Bonaire

I have just returned from a 10-day scuba-diving holiday on Bonaire, one of the 'ABC' islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) in the Dutch Antilles, about 50 miles north of Venezuela. The place is lovely and the diving was spectacular. See my 2007 report for more information.

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Getting there

We went with KLM again out of Heathrow to Amsterdam, then from Schipol to Flamingo International Airport, Kralendijk, Bonaire.

Hurricane damage

It is a real shame that hurricane Omar last October caused a lot of damage to some of the dive sites. The night-dive on the Town Pier was arguably one of the 10 best dives in the world. Unfortunately the hurricane caused so much damage that diving is now forbidden, because of the possiblity of injury, due to the wreckage. The port authorities are rebuilding the pier and it is rumoured that it will once again be open to divers some time in 2010.

Summary of dives on Bonaire
Date Depth (m) Time (min) EANx Bonaire Dive
17 May 19.2 40 32% Buddy Reef - orientation dive
18 May 14.9 46 32% Buddy Reef - lovely early morning dive
18 May 2.2 52 32% Webber's Joy - uneven entry, some nudibranchs
18 May 18.7 56 32% Andrea II - Tricky entry, beautiful dive
19 May 14.3 57 32% Buddy Reef - sponges, eels and tarpon
19 May 22.3 53 31% White Slave - fabulous drive here, difficult entry
19 May 17.7 56 31% The Invisibles - Fabulous dive, tricky entry/exit
20 May 14.0 53 31% Buddy Reef - early morning dive, octopus
20 May 28.0 41 31% Hilma Hooker, awesome propeller, great photos
20 May 25.3 58 31% Cave Mesa - Beautiful setting, great lobster
20 May 16.8 44 31% Buddy Reef - night dive, fantastic
21 May 26.9 51 32% Karpata - Lovely dive with turtles and rays
21 May 18.0 54 33% Tula (Ol' Blue) - battled waves, but lots to see
22 May 12.2 50 32% Buddy Reef - turtle and loads of squid
22 May 18.6 49 32% Oil Slick Leap - giant stride off rocks, lots to see
22 May 14.3 54 32% Jeff Davies' Monument - tricky entry, lizard fish
23 May 17.4 48 31% Bori Reef - Nice dive, different terrain
23 May 17.3 48 31% The Cliff - Tough entry, squid, turtles, hurricane debris
23 May 14.9 41 - Buddy Reef - Lovely gentle dive
24 May 16.2 42 33% Buddy Reef - Giant parrot fish and tarpon
24 May 18.3 55 33% Joanne Sunchi, Klein Bonaire - Great (150th) dive
24 May 22.5 60 33% Something Special - Fantastic dive, saw a Frogfish
24 May 13.7 39 33% Buddy Reef - Night dive, good coral photos
25 May 16.8 49 33% Buddy Reef - Last dive, saw 2 Seahorses

Sue - May 2009

 
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