Klein Bonaire

Trip Start Jun 12, 2009
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Trip End Jun 20, 2009


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Friday, June 19, 2009

When we were in Cayman we learned that diving can set off Paul's asthma, so we now bring an albuterol inhaler with us. Unfortunately, Paul lost it yesterday…and needed it today in the rough surf. Because of this, he ended up sitting out the first dive.

Another morning of boat dives. Today we went to spots along Klein Bonaire, which is a small island on the western side of Bonaire. We started off at a site called Nearest Point. The surf was rough, which made entry a little more challenging than usual. The reef was nice, but the fish were not as abundant as they have been at some other sites. (I think I have been spoiled by Tori’s Reef!) Because Paul couldn’t come along at the last minute (we were in the water when he started having trouble breathing and headed back to the boat) and he had the dive computer and is our navigator, I was trying to navigate, keep track of depth, air, time, and Emily, and still take a few pictures. We did, amazingly, get back to the boat. Paul was able to dive the rest of the day. Our second dive off of Klein Bonaire was at Leonora’s Reef. Our big find here was a green sea turtle.

After lunch we went for a shore dive. We checked out a number of sites, but the wind had led to more waves, making them rougher entries than we wanted to deal with. We ended up at a site we were planning on doing tomorrow: Bachelor’s Beach. This is basically a couple of blocks north of our condo. You have to go down stairs with all of your gear to get to the beach. Once there, though, the entry was extremely easy, and the reef was quite nice. There was a small dive boat there as well, and some of the divers with that group found an octopus. By the time we got there he was hiding in a small opening in coral. I could see the edge of him, but could not get a picture.

After we cleaned up from the salt water, we headed out to explore. The mid-eastern part of the island has mangroves, so we went to check them out. Along the way we came upon a group of wild donkeys, some goats, and a couple of flamingoes (who wouldn’t let us get anywhere close).

Tomorrow is our last day of diving. More shore dives are planned.

Dutch word of the day: more of a phrase.-->uitgezonderd bestemmings-verkeer = something to do with truck traffic, but I haven't gotten an exact translation. Still, these Dutch words are a bit crazy to look at!
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fhillsman
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Fun to hear about your trip!
Hi Stantons! Thanks for the entertaining blog and cool pics. Sounds like a wonderful trip! The Hillsmans aren't brave enough to be divers, but we love to snorkle. We have enjoyed your pictures. Have a safe trip home.

Franci

drmom
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Re: Fun to hear about your trip!
Thanks, Franci!

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