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Bonaire - the questions not asked or thought about?

Discussion in 'Greater Caribbean & Bermuda' started by Ready4Launch, May 7, 2019.

  1. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Illinois
    Hence the curiosity. Also about the precarious cam-strap / tank placement. Might learn something...
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  2. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    My thoughts exactly! Probably was holding onto his second stage for dear life after his tank dropped to his ankles. You only live once...
  3. CapsFan22

    CapsFan22 Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Arlington, VA
    Since this has turned into a general tips thread of sorts, I figured I would throw in another one.

    Since it sounds like you haven't set a date yet, I would recommend trying to schedule your trip during a good time to see the Ostracods. I believe they are the most visible up to two weeks after a full moon, but a few days after is best. For reference, when we went the full moon was June 28 and we dove July 3.

    The Ostracod dive is my favorite dive so far, and not only because of the light show. I loved that dive because it was so serene and quite fun to do a night dive without a light.

    A great tip we got while we were on island was to start the Ostracod dive a few minutes before sunset and don't turn your light on at all, even when diving out to your chosen spot to watch them. This helps your eyes adjust quicker than if you used a light to start the dive and then turned it off to see the the Ostracods.

    We are going again this year, same time frame; July 1 - July 8. Love that place!
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  4. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
    Flight costs have become prohibitive for me. At $1500 for the flight alone I just can't justify it.
  5. knives

    knives Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kingston,Ontario, Canada
    @Soloist I see the bait ball is still around, It has been there for a few months now ....Took some snorkelers out to see it , they were blown away!
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  6. knives

    knives Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kingston,Ontario, Canada
    Yes, The ostracods are so amazing, but be careful with the jellyfish around the full moon.
  7. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Florida
    I've got a question I've gotten mixed signals on. Everything I've read online or in dive guides to Bonaire say that you have to take the class to get your pass to dive, but they also say you're required to do a checkout dive as part of it. All of my friends who've gone to Bonaire weren't aware of this and said they never went and did a checkout. All of my buddies are cave divers, so maybe the operators just let it slide for them.
    So is a checkout dive required? The only reason I ask is that we arrive late the first day and have to build and setup rebreathers and have to get sorb from the dive shop, which means we won't be able to do a dive until the afternoon of day 2.
  8. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    I do believe a dive of sorts is required, but you could do the orientation first and the checkout dive later. In the group I go with, half the people have beers in their hands at orientation and therefore do the checkout dive the next day. It's just a brief orientation explaining that you're diving in a protected marine park, etc. As for the first dive, people often call it a "checkout" dive, but it's really just a weight check or whatever check to make sure you haven't forgotten anything, and at least the dive ops I have used don't stand there and watch you do it.
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    My wife and I have been to Bonaire 3 times in the last 16 months, Dive Friends gave us a pass
  10. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Florida
    Maybe that's the reason for hearing different things. If they don't stand over you or get in the water with you then my buddies probably just opted out. Based on what I read I thought it was an actual checkout dive with a staff member to make sure you won't kick coral. I may be over-reading
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