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JC’s Dive Log–Something Special

JC’s Bonaire Dive Log: Something Special.

It’s September 16, 2016.  As I open my eyes, all I see is rain. What a way to start the day. But, in the end, it is good for Bonaire’s green areas and as Bruce will say, “we really need this rain!”

Carib Inn from the sea

Destination:  Something Special Dive Site.

In my drive to work the sun already started to shine by 8:00 a.m. My mood wasn’t the best. Things between me and D haven’t being the best lately. (I have to say because I promise to be 100% honest at the moment of writing this log, so there you go.) Got the boat ready for the morning dive, just 2 people this time. Destination – Something Special and I needed something special indeed. Something was telling me inside God was going to make this day batter for me and the ones with me on the boat.

We briefed and agreed on looking for miniature life throughout this dive. Once the divers were safely in the water, I jumped in. As I descended I saw them heading straight down to approximately 18 meters/53 feet. They were heading to the gravel area we talked about in the briefing but a bit faster than I expected.

An eagle ray graced us with his presence.An eagle ray came swooping in to say hello.

As I was tying the safety rope a beautiful eagle ray came by announcing this would be a good dive. It glided in the water for around 1 minute and headed toward the divers. I could clearly still see their bubbles but I didn’t want to bang on my tank and scare the ray.

As I approached them as inconspicuously as possible, I couldn’t stop admiring the abundance and the excitement of being almost alone and invisible to what was surrounding me. My two divers were very experienced and photographers.Garden eels can often be found hiding in the sand.

Garden eels, Horse Eye Jacks, and Striped Mullets.

All these creatures were coming to me, and l was able to get very close to almost everything around me. I had a nice interaction with a sharp tailed eel. It was showing a special curiosity about me. Then I headed toward the direction of The eagle ray came quite close to our group.the divers, of course passing by the sand pit where the garden eels were doing their dance, kept going up until I met the guys on the gravel and guess who came to show off? The same Eagle Ray I saw at just the beginning of the dive! I kind of knew that it would head into that direction because the last time I saw it she was heading to the marina entry.

We swam along the rope on the bottom and were suddenly surprised  by an encounter with a school of striped mullets, around 100 of them. We kept going on the line until I made it to one of the Coral Restoration Gardens. After that, we followed the line to a small ship wreck. I was told by Larry the name is “Our Confidence.” It is rather faded, but still beautiful with a small school of juvenile Horse Eye Jacks swimming around it.

A tree of juvenile corals, part of the Coral Restoration Foundation on Bonaire.

Image courtesy of Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire.

By now it was time to turn around and to my surprise an even bigger school of striped mullets. More than a hundred this time. The other two divers were corralling a school of smaller species of silvery fish that I couldn’t manage to identify just at the entry of the marina at less than 10 meter/ 30 feet.

Barracuda, Scorpionfish, Mantis Shrimp, and Blennies Galore!

 

Of course, the opportunist barracudas, three of them to be precise, were a medium size, the biggest being about 3 feet.  They were calmly waiting for the right moment to strike. Farther on, two good sized scorpionfish were almost invisible with their perfect camouflage, patiently waiting for their prey.

Some of the tinest finds were blennies and yellow-headed jawfish.

A mantis shrimp just outside his "home."Going bit shallower, to about 5 meter/ 15 feet, a majestic show of blennies including sailfin, spinyhead, redlips, and yellowheaded jawfish. Back under the boat a mantis shrimp was keeping itself busy and as I got closer those exotic eyes and capacity of moving them like a gyroscope was just a bit creepy! Yellowline gobies were around, too.

And to finish the dive, a green turtle.

When we finally headed back to the surface, the same way I was greeted on my entry with A green turtle happened by to say "so long."an eagle ray, I was graciously said “so long” by a green turtle. FYI, I made it to the surface with my mask half flooded and not because of a beard, I had just shaved a couple of days ago, but for the huge smile I had on my face.

Thank you, God, for a better day indeed.

 

 

 


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Jean Carlos Blanco, from Panama, joined the Carib Inn staff in August 2015. He has been a PADI Open Water instructor since 2012. His favorite courses to teach are Deep, Night, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Dive Master and Rescue. His special interests are ship wrecks, exploration dives and night diving.

 


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The New Line of Aqualung Dive Computers Has Arrived at Carib Inn

Aqualung Dive Computers Now Available at Carib Inn.

Carib Inn is happy to announce that the new line of Aqualung dive computers has arrived on Bonaire, and three models are now available in the retail store.

This line carries three options, and all are very competitively priced. Click here to request a price quotation on any of these dive computers.


Aqualung i300 Dive Computer

Aqualung i300 Dive ComputerThe i300’s uncomplicated, effortless approach and rugged design defines its place in the dive world.  It’s available in wrist-mount, 2-guage console, or 3-guage console in black/grey or black/blue.

Its effortless approach and versatility give you the ability to dive right in. It exceeds expectations—with many features such as its easy-to-use interface, flexible operating modes, built-in backlight and user-changeable battery with data retention. The i300 carries all of these features with a ruggedness that you can count on. And with effortless design, such as a water-activated on switch, it gets you right in the water and descending to your next adventure.

View the included features of the Aqualung i300 Dive Computer.


Aqualung i450 Dive Computer

Aqualung i450 Dive ComputerThe i450T is a features powerhouse that suits a world of diverse diving adventures. Intuitive and sporty, it’s the perfect wrist computer to take you to new places.

Designed for the active diver and the travel diver, the i450T has flexibility and intuition packed into an attractive design. Its features were crafted to be intuitive and easily navigated for an optimal dive experience. The optional hoseless gas integration de-clutters your dive for a more streamlined feel. Even small but thoughtful details were considered– once you pair your transmitter, you’ll never need to pair it again. For all its meaningful engineering, the i450T hasn’t forgotten aesthetics – its sporty eye-catching design is easy to wear through life’s everyday adventures and is available in either black or blue/white.

View the included features of the Aqualung i450 Dive Computer.


Aqualung i550 Dive Computer

Aqualung i550 Dive ComputerThe i550 is an easy-to-use, rugged and versatile dive computer perfect for both new and seasoned divers alike. Equipped with a comprehensive suite of features, including gas integration, Nitrox and Gauge modes, backlight technology and gas time remaining in an easy-to-read, large face console, it allows you to focus on your dive. The i550 is easily customizable, with an optional quick disconnect for convenient storage and a top mount compass, making this computer the sure choice for your dive kit.
(Source:  Carib Inn Retail Store)

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Taste of Bonaire–International Edition–is Saturday, September 24, 2016.

International Edition of Taste of Bonaire is Saturday, September 24, 2016

This Saturday marks the fifth edition of the 2016 Taste of Bonaire events, all of which are hugely popular both with residents and visitors.

There’s always great food, local music, arts and crafts available for purchase, and great camaraderie!

Taste of Bonaire on September 26, 2016

 

Performances & Entertainment at this month’s event.

This event will highlight performances by Dance Sensation and Dominican Dancers.  Music will be by Son Boneriano Band and DJ Proyecto 2000.

The fifth 2016 edition of Taste of BonaireDishes will have an international flair.

There’s some great food in store that is definitely in keeping with this month’s international theme.  Those attending can choose dishes with a local menu, or Venezuelan, Colombian, Dominican, Surinamese, Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Vegetarian, and others.

Taste of Bonaire’s Venue.

The September event is Saturday, September 24th, 2016 and will be held at Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk from 6:30 to 10:30 PM.  Be sure to stop by and enjoy the evening!

(Source:  TCB via InfoBonaire.com)

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Delta Expands Peak Holiday Schedule with Bonaire Flights

Spending the holidays on Bonaire just got easier.

A child on Bonaire in Christmas dress.The holiday season has been joyously extended in Bonaire thanks to Delta’s peak season schedule. This year, those who wish to spend the year-end holidays warming their toes in the sand can stay longer.

Delta to fly three weekly flights to Bonaire over the holidays.

From December 17, 2016 through January 6, 2017, Delta will offer three weekly non-stop flights every Saturday, Tuesday, and Friday from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Delta’s Special Holiday Flight Schedule.

The southbound Delta flight DL380 will depart ATL at 9:45 AM and arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 2:45 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

The northbound return flight DL672 will depart Bonaire at 3:48 PM and arrive at Atlanta at 7:07 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

(Source:  TCB via InfoBonaire.com)

 


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Bonaire’s Sharks are Subjects of a New Research Study

STINAPA, IMARES, and DCNA are commencing with new shark research in Bonaire this week.

These three organizations, with funding from the Nationale Postcode Loterij, are collaborating to learn more about the species of sharks frequenting the waters and reefs of Bonaire.

Sharks will be studied using Baited Remote Underwater Video.

Underwater video cameras to help with shark research on Bonaire.Nijs Ruijs, an intern from Hogeschool Zeeland, will be working on the new study side-by-side with STINAPA staff to investigate the sharks of Bonaire over the coming months using his BRUV units (Baited Remote Underwater Video). These stainless steel units are equipped with bait and a video camera and are left on the bottom of the sea for an hour and a half and then retrieved. The video is then analyzed for images of sharks–which species, size, or other information that can be gleaned by the videos.

STINAPA is fully supporting research to learn more about Bonaire’s top predators. Sharks and rays are over-fished throughout the world’s oceans and are currently protected by law in Bonaire. If you happen upon one of the BRUV units while SCUBA diving or boating, STINAPA kindly requests that you do not tamper with it.

Learn about Bonaire’s Yarari Shark & Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

(Source:  STINAPA via InfoBonaire.com)


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The Latest & Greatest Upgrades at The Carib Inn

Upgrades at The Carib Inn.

Late August and September are always great times to take stock of what needs sprucing up, and getting the jobs done, so those arriving in the winter months can enjoy the upgrades. In this news post, we would like to show all the latest and greatest happenings at The Carib Inn.

New Pool Lounge Chairs at The Carib InnNew Pool Lounge Chairs

As one can see from the beautiful ladies working on their tans, the new pool lounge chairs have arrived! With comfortable cushions, our guests’ time at the pool will be enhanced.

 

 


The wooden porches have been replaced with beautiful poured concrete versions.New Concrete Back Porch on the Seaside Bungalow

The Carib Inn’s maintenance crew has been busy pouring concrete! The wooden deck on the back porch of the seaside bungalow has been replaced with a beautiful concrete porch. There is now just another reason to spend some quality time there, enjoying life on Bonaire, when a day of diving is done.

 

The finished back porch.

 


New Entrance to Bonaire’s Best Equipment Deals, at Carib Inn’s Retail Store

The Carib Inn's Retail Stores sports a new entry door.The retail store at The Carib Inn has not been forgotten either, and it is sporting a new glass entry door, that will bring in lots of light into the store.  Remember, it’s the portal to the best prices for dive gear on Bonaire!

 

 

 

 

 


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Upcoming Events Focusing Upon Bonaire’s Nature

Bird-watching, Hiking Bonaire’s Dry Forests, and a Full Moon Hike in Washington Slagbaai National Park!

Bird-Watching with STINAPA

This Saturday afternoon, September 10th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, STINAPA will host another bird-watching tour at Gotomeer, near the entrance to BOPEC.

The Autumn Bird Migration

Bird migration has begun and many birds are escaping the coming winter months by migrating south to warmer regions. Many birds will be stopping-over in Bonaire en route to South America.

Venue

Gotomeer is a large saliña with an abundance of bird species. Common birds seen here include egrets, herons, terns, pelicans, plovers and sandpipers. The group will meet at the western/seaside end of Gotomeer (approximately 150 meters before the BOPEC entrance.

What to Bring

Bring binoculars (if you don’t have any, STINAPA can provide you with a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes. Please call 717-8444  to make your reservation. There are no costs involved but donations are always welcome.


Explore Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests with Echo Foundation

Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests

Echo Foundation will host a walk exploring Bonaire's dry forests.Echo Foundation has just announced it will host a very special walk on Saturday, September 17th at 8:00 AM.  The theme of this walk will be “Hidden Wonders of the Dry Forest.”

What to Bring

The walk will take place at Echo’s Conservation Centre on Dos Pos and will last for 1-1.5 hours.  It is an easy walk, but people should wear closed shoes or good hiking sandals, bring water, insect repellent, and sunblock. If visitors own binoculars, these are also recommended.  The Echo tour guides will have at least two pairs for sharing.  The guides will be looking to see how many different animals and birds they can find, and they will also be imparting information about Bonaire’s loras (parrots) and what Echo Foundation is doing to protect them.

Venue

Meet at the entrance to their Dos Pos kunuku location.  Parking is available at the Dos Pos windmill.  This guided walk is donation-based, please RSVP to lauren@echobonaire.org if you would like to attend.


Walking Under the Full Moon at the Washington Slagbaai National Park

Hike Under the Full Moon

Hike the Lagadishi Trail under the full moon.STINAPA will host another full moon walk in Washington Slagbaai National Park on Friday, September 16th, 2016 from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM.  It’s the perfect opportunity to take part in a healthy walk and enjoy the park at night under the full moon. The route will be the Lagadishi Trail alongside the coast and back.

What to Bring

Don’t forget to put on some walking shoes that are comfortable. Bring a flashlight along because even if it is full moon you do want to see what’s on the ground right in front of you, as you won’t want to hit your toes against rocks or even cacti. Don’t forget to bring your own bottle of water and snacks if necessary. For participation please call 717-8444. There is space for 25 persons. The entrance fee is $10 per person.

(Source:  Echo Foundation, STINAPA via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)


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Ellen Muller’s 2017 Underwater Photography Calendar is Available

Ellen Muller’s 2017 Underwater Photography Calendar is now available at Carib Inn.

2017 Underwater Photography Calendar by Bonaire's Ellen Muller

Carib Inn once again is selling Ellen Muller’s Underwater Photography Calendar. The new 2017 edition highlights some of Ellen’s most spectacular images from 2016, and is sure to be collector’s item for Bonaire divers.

This wall calendar is printed on heavy card-stock. Each image is approximate 8.5 x 11 inches in size (21.5 x 28 cm), so when fully opened, the calendar measures 17 x 11 inches (43 x 28 cm).

Advance copies available now.

Carib Inn has availability of advance copies available for sale in the retail store, with more on the way. The cost is $20.00 per calendar (cash only please).

Feel free to stop by at the retail store to take a look at Ellen’s fine work in her 2017 calendar.

(Source:  Ellen Muller)

 


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Add the Swim to Klein Bonaire to Your “Bonaire Bucket List”

Take Part in the 16th Annual “Swim to Klein Bonaire”

Jong Bonaire's Swim to Klein BonaireFor the 16th time, Bonaire’s youth development center, Jong Bonaire, is hosting its annual fundraising event, Swim to Klein Bonaire, on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.  As usual, this fun and well attended events kicks off the festivities of the Bonaire Sailing Regatta.  This sport and social event brings together families and individuals, locals and visitors, all in the support of the children of Jong Bonaire.

Event Venue and Entry Fee

The event will be held at Spice Beach Club, which is the starting point. The entry fee is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12 years of age.  Included is a free lunch meal, a drink, a piece of fruit, and the best part of all:  The event t-shirt, which are proudly worn and become collector’s items.

What to Expect if You Participate

Last year, almost 500 people swam to Klein Bonaire and most of them swam back as well. This time, Jong Bonaire hopes to see a record-breaking number of participants are again.

For those who do not wish to swim back, there are many boats available to pick up people and return them to jSpice Beach Club. Participants can use fins, masks, or even flotation devices. Organizations such as Red Cross and Coast Guard also will be involved to manage the safety of all participants.

Everyone, young and old, is invited to participate in order to turn the 16th Swim to Klein Bonaire into a huge success!

(Source:  Jong Bonaire Via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)


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It’s Time for Another Taste of Bonaire on August 28th, 2016

Bonaire Day Edition of Taste of Bonaire.

The fourth edition of Taste of Bonaire 2016 will take place this coming Sunday, August 28th, 2016 in Wilhelmina Park from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

Taste of Bonaire--Bonaire Day EditionGreat Food, Music, & Fun!

This edition’s program looks to be filled with fun events, good music, and great food.  There will be stands selling arts and crafts as well.  The Ginies will be dancing, and live music will be performed by Tutti Frutti and Projekto 2000.

Special Bonaire Day Edition.

In keeping with this event’s theme, Bonaire Day (coming up on September 6th, 2016), the winners of Ban Kanta Nos Boneiru (singing competition) will be presented.  Additionally, special tribute will be given to the winners of Special Olympics, as well as Miss and Mister International 2016.

The entire program promises to be an enjoyable evening.  Don’t miss it!

(Source:  TCB)


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