|By Jeff Eichelberger (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 8:07 pm:|
I just got the shore diving guide from Susan Taft (thanks loads) today and it rocks. A must have for any Bonaire trip and worth twice the money. My question is in regards to tip number 10 about not locking your car to prevent broken windows. Is this an ordinary state of affairs in Bonaire? I can see not leaving expensive stuff out in the open, but are cars/truck routinely ransacked while people are diving?
|By Tim L. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #425) on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 8:18 pm:|
Jeff- yes they are...they will take everything including opened drink bottles...
|By Peggy Guice (BonaireTalker - Post #43) on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 8:46 pm:|
Jeff: Yes, it happens. It's not a big deal, just don't take anything with you that you can't take underwater. I never use a dive bag, but put my gear together before leaving the hotel.
|By Wally and Eva (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #854) on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 9:59 pm:|
I drive to the dive site naked. (just kidding).
|By Jeanine (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #793) on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 10:11 pm:|
Two trips here and only had a bottle of sunblock snatched. That was while the truck was parked in town in the parking lot near Subway and we were shopping. Never anything at the dive sites and we did a lot of shore dives. We are guessing it was probably some kids who were just looking to have some fun - school was out. We leave all of the windows open, tailgate down, and use the mesh dive bags that have no pockets and are totally see-through. A few bucks and our keys dive with us. Both of our wetsuits have hidden pockets near the neck in back, plus we always have room in our BC. Oh yeah...don't lock your glove box. If it is locked they will assume you put something of value in it.
|By Tim L. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #427) on Monday, August 29, 2005 - 11:14 pm:|
there has been a rash of logbook thefts from open autos lately...why? we think they are looking for hidden cash inside.
|By Cyn (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #14335) on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 3:06 am:|
Jeff, rule is, if you leave it and will be bummed if it's gone when you get back from your dive, leave it in the hotel, hotel safe, or in your BC pocket...I have my really really UGLY sunglasses (seen by a few on this board), grungy shorts, ripped t, ugly flip flops, and a bottle of frozen water...not been hit...in fact, I've left the ugly sunglasses and flip flops in the open hoping they would be taken...no such luck...
|By Annette Roswell - The Last Bite Bakery (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #135) on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 8:31 am:|
Definitely don't leave anything !! Yesterday, late afternoon, I took my dogs for a walk at kitten beach (south of the shrimp hatch near Jibe City). Had just been to the store so had my wallet hidden in the jeep along with my photo ipod. Please no comments --- I know better. This is a VERY secluded area - not a dive site. A couple of young surfers were there and sure enough when I returned my ipod and the money in my wallet were gone - along with a just purchased bottle of gin. Case of beer was left behind along with a case of diet sprite. They were with one scooter among three guys ... so I'm sure they walked away - maybe to Jibe City or The Place. Anyway...I can kiss those items goodbye unless the police get lucky.
|By Jeff Eichelberger (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 10:10 am:|
Thanks guys, I will pass the info onto the other members of the group we will be traveling with. From all the responses I guess that Susan really was serious about leaving your car unlocked.
|By Andy & Dave Bartlett (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #365) on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 10:20 am:|
Jeff, the advice is good. We have never had anything stolen but we set up our gear before we leave the condo's. We leave only old flip flops and t-shirts in the truck and a frozen water bottle and never lock our truck. We nearly always go back to the condo between dives so don't need to take a lot extra. if needed we will take a few guilders with us and put them in a zip lock baggie in a BC pocket.
|By Cyn (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #14336) on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 10:38 am:|
Annette, bummer...you need me to bring you a new photo ipod in October? I hope the police recover the items (probably won't get the gin back...)...again, sorry...
|By Annette Roswell - The Last Bite Bakery (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #136) on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 7:18 pm:|
Hey there Cynde. Thanks so much for the offer... I may take you up on it....I'll let you know.
|By Cyn (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #14343) on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 7:48 pm:|
Ok Annette, keep me posted!
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