There is something about being able to dive almost an entire island - by shore. Wade into the crystal clear water, and you're off! However, this time it was a little different. We used our dinghy, and dove some of our favorite sites, from the comfort of our own boat. Friends of ours spent almost two months in Bonaire - diving. They dove over 50 dives - all with the convenience of their own equipment and dinghy.
The highlight for me - by far - was doing a family dive with all four of us! Michael did his first dive - in 10 feet of water. We all had a BLAST. There was nothing like seeing your little boy figure out how to clear his ears and take off, with daddy of course holding on to him - as he was a little unpredictable shooting off in one direction or the other chasing fish. It's safe to say, we are now a family if divers. Of course, we still have to go very slow, and shallow, but that is OK. We are seeing the beautiful world underwater - as a complete family. Something I've always dreamed of happening.
Before I start to get nasty emails about 'How dare you dive with your young kids', we are using our SNUBA gear (click here for details) - and are VERY careful not to let the kids run loose. It is a very controlled dive, in shallow water. No BCD, limited dive weights, and shallow water...all a safe combination when going slow in a controlled environemnt.
|Field Trip on Mooring Ball Bonaire|
|Sarah Diving with Soft Coral|
One of the biggest surprises we had in Bonaire was the cruise ship traffic. I'd never seen a cruise ship in Bonaire - ever. At one time there were two LARGE ships in port, disgorging thousands of camera toting tourists flooding the streets. While we've taken a cruise together in the past, we've become less fond of this method of travel...not to mention the 'vibe' that sets into an island when the streets are jammed with 'Bubba the Love Sponge' t-shirts.
|Cruise Ship Coming into Port in Front of Field Trip|
|Family Together in Bonaire|
|Happy, Happy, Happy....|
|The Elizabeth 'Headlock'...Love Michael's Expression!|
|Sarah Taking Picture of Kids on Beach|
|Michael Looking at Lighthouse - Slaagbai National Park|
I've included three more videos. These were filmed about 8 years ago, on some dives we did with Sarah, my sister, and our good friends Todd and Trina Folkenberg. They are short, and not up the quality standards we have now...but they will show you some of the additional underwater sights of Bonaire!