Had an opportunity to visit Bonaire and dive with a couple friends, John and Kevin, for week in February. Getting across to there was cool! "ARAJET" from Santo Domingo to Curacao then "DIVI DIVI" on a Twin Otter across to Bonaire. Both airlines are fantastic!
John and Kevin picked me up and we went to Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, a PADI 5 Star facility on the island. It was pretty special as "Linda" whom I taught her rescue class in 1988 - has been a staple there since 1989, and she had no idea I was coming! GREAT to see her again although I'm not 100% sure of what she told the other members of her team. The next morning I was greeted by "Oh, we heard all about you and you are crazy". Anyway - did my check dive - basically passed and we were off to spend a week (not nearly long enough) exploring dive sites.
This place is AMAZING! By FAR, the healthiest reef(s) i have ever seen and yes, I do include GBR in that statement. Shore diving is the norm here with the longest "swim" maybe 10 minutes over beautiful white sand. Then the reef drops down from maybe 30 feet to well over 100 - and it is COVERED in healthy corals and sponges. My photos do not do it justice.
Big thanks to John, Kevn and Linda and the crew at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn on Bonaire.
Next adventure - 2 weeks on a live-aboard in the Red Sea coming up in June!
Stay safe, stay healthy - and protect our oceans.
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