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ps3
07/29/2017, 04:50 PM
We moved a few years ago and I sold all my saltwater equipment, so now we are certified divers and will just use the worlds reefs as our reef tank. We are headed to Bonaire shortly to begin our diving vacations. I don't know how many dives we will get in but I hope to get to the salt pier and 1000 steps for sure. We will be staying at an airbnb rental right on small wall so I hope to dive it at least once a day. Any helpful tips on Bonaire are welcome as this is our first trip there. I will have to open a photo account as well to post some pics when we get back.:fish1::fish1::fish1:

WLachnit
07/30/2017, 12:49 AM
Never been to Bonaire, so be sure to report back!


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ps3
07/30/2017, 02:24 AM
will do

ace_92101
07/31/2017, 06:42 PM
What other trips do you have planned?

ps3
08/01/2017, 01:59 AM
that is all for now. we went to Florida in February to certify and dived , gennie springs, rainbow river and the devils den. devils den I would do again

ace_92101
08/01/2017, 11:12 PM
Bonaire should be good. Lots of shore diving.

WLachnit
08/02/2017, 12:10 AM
Bonaire should be good. Lots of shore diving.

Yeah...I hear that's what makes Bonaire different.

ps3
08/02/2017, 02:13 AM
We are planning to do 3 boat dives and as many shore dives as we can in the 8 day trip.

billdogg
08/02/2017, 10:29 AM
Do yourself a favor and skip the boat dives except for a trip or two to Klein Bonaire. Almost all the dive sites a boat will take you to are easily accessible from land. Rent a vehicle and DIVE DIVE DIVE!!! I've been there twice - the last trip we were doing 4-5 dives daily. Use you computer and stay within limits and all will be fine.

IMHO, Salt Pier is OK, the Town Pier at night is spectacular.

FWIW - we stayed at Captain Don's both times.

ps3
08/02/2017, 05:07 PM
we have a truck rental reserved. the boat dives are to reassure my better half that we will be fine diving on our own. This will be the first dive trip on our own and she wants to do a couple group dives first. the boat dives we are looking at are to Klein and one or two on the north end that are reached easier from boat.I have done a few more dives than my wife and we both just got certified in february of this year.

WLachnit
08/03/2017, 01:01 AM
we have a truck rental reserved. the boat dives are to reassure my better half that we will be fine diving on our own. This will be the first dive trip on our own and she wants to do a couple group dives first. the boat dives we are looking at are to Klein and one or two on the north end that are reached easier from boat.I have done a few more dives than my wife and we both just got certified in february of this year.


I get it. Another way might be to get a master diver as a guide for your shore dives.

ps3
08/03/2017, 11:24 PM
that may have to be an option if she doesn't feel comfortable after the boat dives. But we have done three dives by our selves at the local lake with 10-15 foot visibility, so i think she will be fine.

ps3
08/13/2017, 08:06 PM
:furious::furious::furious::furious::furious:

sorry folks, no pics, no video, not even a trip to Bonaire. our first flight into atlanta never left the gate. it had mechanical problems due to human error. So we didn't get to atlanta in time to make the flight to Bonaire. so mad this entire week. just going to leave it like this for now, when we get some resolution i will post again.

:furious::furious::furious::furious::furious:

Clowning_Around
08/13/2017, 08:31 PM
That sucks bud I hope you had trip insurance and/or thimgs work out for you and the mrs.

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WLachnit
08/13/2017, 09:32 PM
Oh no! ...I hope you get resolution on this.

ps3
08/14/2017, 02:54 PM
working with airline now just waiting on their offer

ps3
08/18/2017, 09:43 PM
ok, so basically we went to Cozumel, ended up in a tropical storm, had both our go pros fill up with water snorkeling on the first day before the storm came in, and got in 2 boat dives after the storm cleared out. diving was good but the currents were crazy. Dive master said that they were the strongest currents he had experienced on the sites we went to. the good news is we are planning to head to Bonaire the end of January. Not sure what camera I will end up with , but I am done with go-pros. I couldn't find any reason for the cases to leak and take on water. No sand, dirt, hair or tears in the gaskets. but the memory cards are good and I will try to post some pics or a short video when I get time

ace_92101
08/19/2017, 09:44 PM
Sorry about the GoPros. Hope the pictures are still there.

ps3
01/24/2018, 06:11 PM
We are trying for Bonaire again this weekend. Leaving from a larger airport to improve our odds of not having problems. Bought a sealife camera that better hold up better than the gopros. I will post pics or a couple videos when we return, really looking forward to getting back under the water.

ps3
01/24/2018, 06:17 PM
As a side note, if you have plane problems and the airline tries to send you elsewhere and tell you they will make it right, the will not. Just take the loss of vacation time and go home. We were told by the staff at the airport, and on the plane that the airline would take care of us when we got back from the substitute trip they gave us. The airline told us their employees should have never sent us anywhere and that if we had gone home instead they would have reimbursed us for everything. the only thing they did was pay for our rental car that had been paid for and gave us miles on our account.

sdweller
02/07/2018, 05:17 AM
Typical airline tactics , tell us what we want to hear to get you away from
the counter . Then when it comes to any type of compensation it just does
not pan out your way . Good luck on this try to Bonaire ! The diving can be
great if you can get there . Happy diving .
Sea Dwellers

ps3
02/09/2018, 11:16 PM
It was great. 18 dives in 6 days. now to get all the pics sorted and find a good way to post them. Haven't posted pics on here in awhile so please be patient. saw lots of critters big and small.

ps3
02/13/2018, 03:02 PM
going to add a couple youtube album videos
https://youtu.be/zYnGKc--0EY

ps3
02/13/2018, 05:58 PM
and one more for now. several hundred more pics to go through yet.
https://youtu.be/fqMlTHfclck

SBV
02/21/2018, 07:37 PM
Just noticed you were from Sparkle City ps3. Congrats on the trip. Heading to the keys in a few months with my better half. Just down the road from you.

ps3
02/22/2018, 03:53 AM
SBV have fun. we are going to try to get to the keys next. Im sure we will go back to Bonaire again also. but 2 weeks the next time.

GoNoles
03/15/2018, 12:56 PM
Awesome Stuff!!! I will be heading there for my honeymoon in November!! 7 days of unlimited diving!!! We are staying at Buddy Dive and have a truck rental for the week!! I can't wait!! Thank you so much for the videos!

ps3
03/19/2018, 05:48 PM
Buddys was where we got our air. They were real good to deal with. Enjoy.
I cant wait to go back to Bonaire, the unlimited diving was the best.
I just dove with the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium Saturday. My wife bought that for me for a valentines day gift. Made my flowers to her look like weeds.

GoNoles
03/20/2018, 12:17 PM
Buddys was where we got our air. They were real good to deal with. Enjoy.
I cant wait to go back to Bonaire, the unlimited diving was the best.
I just dove with the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium Saturday. My wife bought that for me for a valentines day gift. Made my flowers to her look like weeds.

What a unique and awesome gift!!

We want to dive at Epcot in the Living Seas Aquarium. We just seem to drive the car south to the Keys instead of north to Orlando...

ps3
03/22/2018, 06:02 PM
I have talked with several people who have done the Epcot dive and said it was a good time. A little cheaper on the wallet as well.

sdweller
04/06/2018, 04:50 AM
Looks like you had a good time . Thanks for sharing the video and
photos !
Sea Dwellers