Meet Carib Inn’s Crew

A DIVE RESORT THAT TREATS GUESTS LIKE FAMILY


BRUCE BOWKER

Bruce Bowker opened the Carib Inn in 1980. He was the first full-time instructor on Bonaire in 1973 and quickly became a leader in the dive industry. As a dive pioneer of the island, several dive sites were named after him, most notably ‘Bruce’s Rappel’. Bruce cared deeply about Bonaire, its diving, the Marine Park, the environment, the people, and the animals. He fought tirelessly to save Klein Bonaire from development. At the Carib Inn, he created a place that makes everyone feel like family; hence the reason guests come back year after year, decade after decade. He was loved & admired by many and is missed by all. He tragically passed away May 9, 2020.

BRUCE BOWKER

Bruce Bowker opened the Carib Inn in 1980. He was the first full-time instructor on Bonaire in 1973 and quickly became a leader in the dive industry. As a dive pioneer of the island, several dive sites were named after him, most notably ‘Bruce’s Rappel’. Bruce cared deeply about Bonaire, its diving, the Marine Park, the environment, the people, and the animals. He fought tirelessly to save Klein Bonaire from development. At the Carib Inn, he created a place that makes everyone feel like family; hence the reason guests come back year after year, decade after decade. He was loved & admired by many and is missed by all. He tragically passed away May 9, 2020.

LYNNE CULBRETH

Bruce’s niece, Lynne, has taken over operations since Bruce’s passing in 2020. Lynne started coming to Bonaire in 1979 when her Uncle Bruce & Aunt Liz bought the property and became a regular visitor ever since. With Bruce as her instructor & mentor, she began diving in 1983 and hasn’t stopped! Even though she has big fins to fill, Lynne will continue to run the Carib Inn in the same manner that has always made it everyone’s favorite ‘home away from home’.

LYNNE CULBRETH

Bruce’s niece, Lynne, has taken over operations since Bruce’s passing in 2020. Lynne started coming to Bonaire in 1979 when her Uncle Bruce & Aunt Liz bought the property and became a regular visitor ever since. With Bruce as her instructor & mentor, she began diving in 1983 and hasn’t stopped! Even though she has big fins to fill, Lynne will continue to run the Carib Inn in the same manner that has always made it everyone’s favorite ‘home away from home’.

RISHI ANTHONY

Rishi Anthony, born & raised on Bonaire, has been with the Carib Inn since 1987. You may see Rishi filling tanks & loading the boats, but his real expertise is in painting as well as keeping the Carib Inn grounds looking great. He is the jokester of the group so don’t be surprised if he pulls a fast one on you! In his off time, you can find Rishi & his fellow bandmates entertaining at different venues around the island. He is known as one of the island’s best musicians and Bonaire is very proud of him.

RISHI ANTHONY

Rishi Anthony, born & raised on Bonaire, has been with the Carib Inn since 1987. You may see Rishi filling tanks & loading the boats, but his real expertise is in painting as well as keeping the Carib Inn grounds looking great. He is the jokester of the group so don’t be surprised if he pulls a fast one on you! In his off time, you can find Rishi & his fellow bandmates entertaining at different venues around the island. He is known as one of the island’s best musicians and Bonaire is very proud of him.

LINDA BAKER

Linda Baker, from Canada, has been a PADI instructor since 1988. She is certified as a Master Instructor. She started working at Carib inn in 1990. Her favorite course to teach is Fish ID. About her special diving interests, Linda says, “I just love diving.” She enjoys shore diving the East coast and other areas that cannot be done by boat; introducing people to night diving; finding rare fish and critters; leading groups of divers.

LINDA BAKER

Linda Baker, from Canada, has been a PADI instructor since 1988. She is certified as a Master Instructor. She started working at Carib inn in 1990. Her favorite course to teach is Fish ID. About her special diving interests, Linda says, “I just love diving.” She enjoys shore diving the East coast and other areas that cannot be done by boat; introducing people to night diving; finding rare fish and critters; leading groups of divers.

EDWARD THOMAS

Edward Thomas, a born & raised Bonairean, started in 1990. Though he is deaf, he is one of the Carib Inn’s happiest faces and it’s impossible not to smile in his presence. When he’s not tending to the boats & filling tanks, you’ll see Edward doing a variety of jobs around the Inn. Don’t worry about communicating with Edward… he’s well-versed in all sign languages in addition to charades!

EDWARD THOMAS

Edward Thomas, a born & raised Bonairean, started in 1990. Though he is deaf, he is one of the Carib Inn’s happiest faces and it’s impossible not to smile in his presence. When he’s not tending to the boats & filling tanks, you’ll see Edward doing a variety of jobs around the Inn. Don’t worry about communicating with Edward… he’s well-versed in all sign languages in addition to charades!

ARTURO BARRIOS

Arturo Barrios is from Columbia and has been with the Carib Inn since 1998. He is a jack-of-all-trades! He’s our go-to guy for maintenance, fixing all things big and small. He also assists with the boats & tank fills. If you want excellent empanadas, ask Arturo for his recipe… this guy can cook!

ARTURO BARRIOS

Arturo Barrios is from Columbia and has been with the Carib Inn since 1998. He is a jack-of-all-trades! He’s our go-to guy for maintenance, fixing all things big and small. He also assists with the boats & tank fills. If you want excellent empanadas, ask Arturo for his recipe… this guy can cook!

LINE CICILIA

Line Cicilia joined the team in 1998. Fun fact– her mother, Monica, was the original housekeeper of the Carib Inn in 1980! Line is head of housekeeping, always ensuring everyone’s needs are met. Without her, the Inn would be a mess… no pun intended!

LINE CICILIA

Line Cicilia joined the team in 1998. Fun fact– her mother, Monica, was the original housekeeper of the Carib Inn in 1980! Line is head of housekeeping, always ensuring everyone’s needs are met. Without her, the Inn would be a mess… no pun intended!

KRISTI MALSAM

Kristi Malsam, from Colorado USA, joined the Carib Inn staff November 2016. Kristi has been a PADI Instructor since 2013 and she is certified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. She enjoys teaching and the challenge of working with divers at all levels of experience. Diving gives her the opportunity to not only share her love of the ocean; but, to share her concerns in protecting and respecting its resources.

Specialties: Nitrox, Lionfish Hunter, Fish ID, Wreck

KRISTI MALSAM

Kristi Malsam, from Colorado USA, joined the Carib Inn staff November 2016. Kristi has been a PADI Instructor since 2013 and she is certified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. She enjoys teaching and the challenge of working with divers at all levels of experience. Diving gives her the opportunity to not only share her love of the ocean; but, to share her concerns in protecting and respecting its resources.

Specialties: Nitrox, Lionfish Hunter, Fish ID, Wreck

NETTY CICILIA

Netty Cicilia joined the housekeeping crew in 2011. She is the sister of Line (see above) and together, they keep the Inn in order!

NETTY CICILIA

Netty Cicilia joined the housekeeping crew in 2011. She is the sister of Line (see above) and together, they keep the Inn in order!

CHRIS DYER

Chris has been a diving professional since 2011. He became a dive professional in Thailand and worked in SE Asia for a number of years. He made the move to Bonaire at the end of 2018. Chris loves the easy diving Bonaire has to offer. He is also very keen on repairing scuba equipment. He started at the Carib Inn January 1, 2020.

Specialties: Wreck, Deep, Nitrox, Digital Photography

CHRIS DYER

Chris has been a diving professional since 2011. He became a dive professional in Thailand and worked in SE Asia for a number of years. He made the move to Bonaire at the end of 2018. Chris loves the easy diving Bonaire has to offer. He is also very keen on repairing scuba equipment. He started at the Carib Inn January 1, 2020.

Specialties: Wreck, Deep, Nitrox, Digital Photography

KC DERBY

KC joined the Carib Inn crew in August, 2021, but previously spent 6 months on Bonaire in 2019. He is a PADI OWSI and loves sharing the amazing underwater world Bonaire has to offer.

Specialties: Nitrox, Underwater Naturalist

KC DERBY

KC joined the Carib Inn crew in August, 2021, but previously spent 6 months on Bonaire in 2019. He is a PADI OWSI and loves sharing the amazing underwater world Bonaire has to offer.

Specialties: Nitrox, Underwater Naturalist

JEANNINE TOY

Jeannine is a marine biologist/conservationist from California. She joined the Carib Inn crew in October 2021. After becoming a dive professional in Honduras 2016, she traveled the Caribbean to different islands learning about the local marine life. She loves fish and creature identification and helps restore the reef through coral restoration. Jeannine’s passion lies with the ocean and enjoys searching for macro species throughout the reef.

Specialties: Project Aware, PPB, O2 Provider

JEANNINE TOY

Jeannine is a marine biologist/conservationist from California. She joined the Carib Inn crew in October 2021. After becoming a dive professional in Honduras 2016, she traveled the Caribbean to different islands learning about the local marine life. She loves fish and creature identification and helps restore the reef through coral restoration. Jeannine’s passion lies with the ocean and enjoys searching for macro species throughout the reef.

Specialties: Project Aware, PPB, O2 Provider

HENRY

No small dive shop is complete without a dive shop dog! Henry will sometimes greet you in the shop and loves all people! His head is too big for his body and his legs are half what they should be, but he is the perfect dive shop dog! Sometimes you will see him take a swim in the ocean wearing his little life jacket.

HENRY

No small dive shop is complete without a dive shop dog! Henry will sometimes greet you in the shop and loves all people! His head is too big for his body and his legs are half what they should be, but he is the perfect dive shop dog! Sometimes you will see him take a swim in the ocean wearing his little life jacket.

Coco

Coco is crazy.

Coco

Coco is crazy.

Ginger loves to greet everyone and will become your best friend for food. He is a sweetheart who also loves a good petting. He & Scooch will gladly fill in if you’re missing your cats at home.

Ginger loves to greet everyone and will become your best friend for food. He is a sweetheart who also loves a good petting. He & Scooch will gladly fill in if you’re missing your cats at home.