bonaire

Bonaire 2017 Part II

Bonaire 2017 Part II

The Lake itself was beautiful: a white sandy "lake" separating the double reef system, connected by coral bridges, and brimming with life. We saw tarpons, a Southern stingray, a big tiger grouper, but the highlight, at the top of the outer reef, was this black cloud that materialized out of nowhere. As it caught up with each of us, we each in turn realized that we were about to be subsumed by an incoming, house-sized bait ball of bogas being chased by horse-eye jacks.

Read More

Bonaire 2017 Part I

Bonaire 2017 Part I

Oil Slick is one of our favorite sites from the previous trips. The reef starts almost immediately from the rocky, critter-filled cliff that lines the iron shore and entry is via a GIANT leap straight into the ocean. Chewie may have given everyone a heart attack with a near-stumble on the cliffs while putting on his fins. For the less adventurous, there is a metal ladder that can used for both entry and exit. It's a very short swim to the drop-off and mooring buoy. Sightings here: creole wrasses, parrotfish, eels, shrimps, drums, and so many sweepers under the ledges. 

Read More

Backlog: last few trips to Bonaire

Backlog: last few trips to Bonaire

Since 2012, we've returned (nearly) every year to Bonaire and stayed at the same cute Blachi Koko guesthouse next to the Carib Inn dive shop. In 2013 we towed along a group of friends, and under the moonlight we watched a spectacular show of ostracods spawning as they lit up the water with their bioluminescent sperm.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from those trips.

Read More