|By brenda (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1345) on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:38 pm:|
Lets share our 1st dive in Bonairian waters......
|By RObert Carter (BonaireTalker - Post #68) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 9:23 am:|
Buddy Dive just three and half years ago. First dive trip that I had done for 10 years since my previous ones had been done in the exotic Lake Mead...
|By MICHAEL CLARK (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 11:38 am:|
"Long time reader, first time contributor...."
|By Vince DePietro-www.bonairebeachcondo.com (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3515) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 11:57 am:|
What a great post Michael!
|By Lizard0924 (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #521) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 12:14 pm:|
I wonder how many people have Buddy Dive as their first Bonaire dive? I do.
|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #586) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 1:05 pm:|
Learned to dive in 1972. First dived Bonaire in 1997. Stayed at Sand Dollar. Been coming back regularly ever since, stayed at SD, Plaza, Dive Inn (I miss that place) & BOA. Finally bought a condo on Bonaire last fall. Have dived all over No. America, parts of Middle East, SE Asia, Japan and elsewhere ... but not Australia yet :-(. There is no place in the world where you have the diving freedom of Bonaire.
|By Brian ******** (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4909) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 4:23 pm:|
Our first Bonaire dive was in 1999, Hurricane Lenny came along just after we left. We had a week in Curacao then a week in Bonaire every night for the whole two weeks we watched huge lightening storms over Venezula and some pretty big ones in Bonaire.
|By nestor kopko (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #210) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 6:20 pm:|
Lizard, my wife and I also did our first Bonaire dive at Buddy's. It was November 2000, a delayed honeymoon. We got married the previous July. Have been to Bonaire 3 more times since, most recently last November. We were hoping to come back in the spring, but airfares are out of control. Returning to Grand Cayman in May after a 4 year hiatus.
|By Gary Ratcliff (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 12:59 am:|
Stayed at Capitan Don's Habitat 27 years ago at a time when you could count the number of buildings between the town and Captain Don's with two hands. The reef at the dock was lush and vibrant, just like Captain Don, and there were huge stands of elkhorn coral. Night and day difference between then and now.
|By Bob Smits (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #986) on Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 4:54 am:|
My first trip to Bonaire was in 1977. I was able to combine business with pleasure.
|By Brian ******** (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4910) on Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:24 am:|
I should have said our first stay was at Captain Don's Habitat and been back about 14 more times to Don's. Such easy diving and we love Rum Runners.
|By Judy Workman (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #326) on Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 8:57 am:|
We took our first trip to Bonaire in 1984, staying at Divi Flamingo. Since then we purchased our timeshare unit, celebrated our honeymoon and almost all of our anniversaries there. This year will be number 24 (May 15). We love the staff, close proximity to town and the ease of diving there. There's nothing better than sitting on the pool deck watching the sunset with a nice cold beverage.
|By Charles Vanasse (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 4:53 pm:|
End of June 2010 on Bari Reef. After the night on the NYC-BON Continental flight, a strong coffee at Eli Deli and checkout with the Bonaire Dive & Adventure staff (we stayed at Sand Dollar) we went down on Bari Reef. WOW! We stayed “neutral” at 50’ for 60 minutes of pure pleasure. While we spent the week diving all round Bonaire, we did at least one dive every day on Bari Reef. Since then, counting days before next visit… 9 days to go as we’ll be at Sand Dollar from 7 to 14 May. We are considering doing the “Naturalist Dive” with Jerry Ligon in order to appreciate even more the amazing life on Bari Reef. This place is magic.
|By Lori Mulhisen (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #111) on Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 10:51 pm:|
I highly recommend Jerry Ligon's "Naturalist Course." We took his course during our sixth trip this past January and it was awesome. I have to admit that I learned to dive because I love to watch marine life and this course made me fall more in love with marine life than before. Jerry is awesome and you will really enjoy the course! During the dive with Jerry, I recall smiling so much that my mask kept leaking!
|By Kimberlee Rusin (BonaireTalker - Post #27) on Friday, April 29, 2011 - 8:47 am:|
First trip was 1988 at the old Sunset Beach hotel. Al who now owns the Black Durgon Inn trained us back in 1986 when he owned a dive shop in Lawrence Harbor, NJ. After taking check out dives in a quarry and doing my first 50 dives off the coast of NJ Bonaire was such a beautiful place, clear water, corals, zillions of fish, we returned two more times that year. My name for Bonaire diving is cake diving. Come every year and will be on the red eye from Newark tomorrow night.
|By bob fraser (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #227) on Friday, April 29, 2011 - 10:16 am:|
|By Arnita (BonaireTalker - Post #97) on Friday, April 29, 2011 - 11:34 am:|
First time on Bonaire Mar, 2007 one week with a group from the local dive shop stayed at sand dollar, 1st dive Bari Reef. Went back by ourselves in October, 2007 for a week. Since have made it two weeks at a time in 2008, 2009, 2010 and returning for two weeks next Month, 5/13-28. Have always stayed someplace different. We love the Island, the Diving, and the People.
|By matthew (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #171) on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 4:25 pm:|
My first trip to Bonaire was in Nov 2002 with my dive shop. First dive was at 18 palms, Plaza 's house reef. Since then my wife and have returned in 2005, 2007,twice in 2008, 2009, and we have just returned May 1st from our 7 trip. Trip report in a few days. Great trip as always, we love the island, the people and most of all the diving. Can't beat diving freedom.
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