|By Renee (BonaireTalker - Post #79) on Monday, March 21, 2011 - 6:40 pm:|
Here is our first dive report. 3rd day here and the water temps are averaging 80 degrees F. A bit cooler than usual for Bonaire. But the seas have been flat and calm, no surge, no waves so far. We have dove the South, at The Lake and North at Ole Blue and Karpata. Spent one day doing our PADI Boat Diver Specialty Class with Dive-Friends. Dove the two boat dives over at Klein Bonaire. Excellent reef at dive site called "Monte's Divi". Very nice hard and soft coral with a nice variety of the usual fish for the area. "The Forest" dive site was unimpressive and dull compared to "Monte's Divi".
|By Donna-aire (BonaireTalker - Post #68) on Monday, March 21, 2011 - 7:54 pm:|
I'm so jealous! Wish I was there!!! Have a great trip! Looking forward to more reports
|By Renee (BonaireTalker - Post #81) on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 5:45 pm:|
Update: Today we dove the Hilma Hooker. The viz was nice and the usual extra large tarpon were there. The reef next to the wreck is full of fish and in pretty good shape. It's such an easy spot to see a wreck so close to shore. Then, we headed to one of our favorite sites down south, Margate Bay. Barely any waves and the parking area where you sometimes have to drive across water to get near the shore was completely dry. Low tides I guess lately. Easy entry and the fish at this site were amazing. Just millions of babies everywhere you looked, big schools of blue tang, a huge over, 6 foot long green moray eel was out free swimming and came right within 5 feet of us. Amazing site to see such a big creature swimming. Then we saw a nice red colored crab that was unusual. The soft coral at this site at about 30 to 40 feet is amazing. It's worth a 2nd dive for sure. Water temps today 79 at Hilma and 81 at Margate on my husband's Suunto computer. No rain yet and mid 80's.
|By Eric author of "Why is the Grass Green?" (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1626) on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 12:45 pm:|
Hilma is always a great dive. Will remain one of my fondest diving experiences forever!
|By Vince DePietro-www.bonairebeachcondo.com (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3490) on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 1:15 pm:|
Renee..You may want to try diving the Hooker from Angel City. I did that last week and it was an awesome dive.
|By Renee (BonaireTalker - Post #84) on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 4:36 pm:|
Vince, isn't the entry at Angel City the one with smooth 12" boulders to contend with? I have it written in my log book that I didn't like the entry there. But that was 2 years ago so the shore may be different by now.
|By Vince DePietro-www.bonairebeachcondo.com (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3493) on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 7:34 pm:|
Renee.. Could have been. I do remember the entry was "a bit" problematic. I dove the site twice last week. Once was a swim to The Hooker & the other I went south and onto the 2nd reef offshore. A nice site which I prefer to The Hooker..
|By Donna-aire (BonaireTalker - Post #73) on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 7:36 pm:|
|By Bill Mosel (BonaireTalker - Post #33) on Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:54 pm:|
I've always found Angel City easier entry than the Hooker and a much better dive.
|By robint (BonaireTalker - Post #49) on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 10:32 am:|
only 1 more week and we are THERE!!! Can't wait.
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