The first dive abroad on Bonaire at Front Porch. With a visibility of 100 feet or more in crystal clear blue water you see the cutter lying at the housereef of Wannadive Bonaire very quickly. Beautiful fish swimming around you and the only thing that you hear are the bubbles that you exhale. A superb first dive. Only there’s less coralgrowth here. But the coral and the marine life at the many divesites on Bonaire are compensating this. Bonaire is also been called the shoredive paradise. The shorediving is made so enormously easy over there. You can fully load your pick-up with cylinders and you can step in the water anywhere without any guidance. 80 shoredivesites along the west-coast (only a few with guidance) and some more boatdivesites at Little Bonaire. And even at the wilder east-coast you can boatdive, of course under guidance.
On Bonaire you can suddenly have one buddy more during the dive. In a form of a tortoise you can follow for minutes on end at Washington Slagbaai National Park. Here’s enough to see above water also: blau blau’s, wara wara’s, lizards, iguana’s, flamingo’s , etc. etc. Or a buddy in the form of a tarpon (big silver-colored fish) that’s hunting in your light during the night-dive. During the night-dives the animals are calmer, you are calmer yourself, you can see the colors better by using your torch and you can make better photos (if I didn’t have wrecked it after 4 dives). Crabs, anemones, morey eels, parrotfish and much more life in abundance. Especially the Town Peer is recommended to dive at night. Diving under guidance in the harbor, but you don’t have enough eyes during an one-our dive. At every pole or on every pole of the peer crawls, lays or swims a different animal. For example: Scorpionfish, jackknife fish, coral roses, trumpetfish, angelfish, long-legged spider crab and the list goes on and on.
The very last dive from that holiday on Bonaire we dove at Lac Cai. Last, but not least! This divesite at the south-east of Bonaire you’ve got to do under guidance of a diveguide of the divecenter. In average here’s a stronger current then on the rest of the island. So much that we had to stick branches in the sand to stay in one place to enjoy the marine life. And we certainly enjoyed it! There were tarpons swimming around us that were 3 feet or more. Not 2 but more than hundred. Next to the tarpons you could look at the spiny lobster that were hidden under the rocks, a tortoise that was swimming away quietly and a group of 4 eagle rays that were swimming away as swift as an arrow. Because there was such a strong current we wasted so much energy and air that we had to turn around quickly when we came on the reef. On the way back as icing on the cake we saw a sea horse that we only saw after the diveguide pointed it out to us. The sea horse was as one with the stick where he was hanging on stock-still. This divesite was worth the effort to waste some energy. Bonaire is highly recommended!!!