Scuba Shack visited Bonaire the last week of September to experience the best of both worlds, boat diving and shore diving. Our group of 18 had tons of fun in the sun. Come to think of it, we had a pretty good time after the sun went down as well.
Joy & Maureen
Our 14 divers of various levels of training and experience had our own boat for the week which we took advantage of to visit many of the sites on Klein Bonaire such as Nearest Point, Keepsake, Monte’s Divi and Forrest as well as some of the more difficult to reach locations on Bonaire including Karpata, Bon Bini Na Cas, and Small Wall. Of course no trip to Bonaire is complete with out a visit to the Hilma Hooker where we were lucky enough to have an encounter with a pod of dolphins during our surface interval. Man those suckers can swim fast! Other creatures sighted during our week include sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, many varieties of moray eels, sharptail eels, sea horse and frog fish.
Spotted Cleaner Shrimp
Shore diving was done in smaller groups but still big fun. Some of the sites visited include 1000 Steps, The Invisibles, Red Slave, Oil Slick Leap and several dives from the house reef at Plaza Resort.
Fran Takes a Leap
Several divers took advantage of the clear, clam waters to pursue an advanced certification completing deep, navigation, wreck and night dives to name a few. Congratulations to those divers achieving the Advanced Open Water certification. Several of us made night dives each evening. We were escorted by the resident tarpon population. Some of the other nocturnal marine life included squid, octopus, crabs, spiny lobsters and slipper lobsters.
Boy’s Night Out
Others folks opted to relax after sundown. We managed to get in to some of the best restaurants on Bonaire and enjoyed some wonderful meals with good company while reflecting on the day’s dives.
Ralph & Jackie After Dinner