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Bonaire Trip Report- Entire month of August- 2019

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by Trailboss123, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. cjibber

    cjibber Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: UK
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    Are they munching on the green algae or the red stuff poking through the sand?

    The turtles were at Salt Pier before the algae:
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  2. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Portland, OR
    2,145
    2,330
    113
    They may have been munching on both. I have seen them at Salt Pier in the past, but never in these quantities simultaneously- prior to the algae.
     
  3. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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    1,231
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    Glad you enjoyed and made the most of your trip. Excellent report and nice bait ball. I blew out my knee (again) helping other divers at 1000 Steps several years ago and haven’t been back since, but may have to reconsider. It will be our turn in October. Unfortunately we will only be there for nine days...NOT an entire month! Seriously, a month? Good for you! :)
     
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  4. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Portland, OR
    2,145
    2,330
    113
    A month is a long time and I quickly realized after week two that I could not keep the same pace for a month that I would for a week or two. I definitely slowed down the # of dives the last two weeks, plus I was technically working from there the last 2 weeks and had other obligations-- but even if I had been completely free, I didn't have the stamina or motivation that you have when there for a shorter time frame.
     
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  5. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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    1,231
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    You “only” did 91 dives? I don’t think anyone will be calling you a slacker. It appears you made the most of your trip. Before heading down the last couple of times to Bonaire we convinced ourselves we would do fewer dives and take time to relax on the balcony...but it hasn’t happened yet!
     
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  6. pelsasser

    pelsasser Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Colorado
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    @Trailboss123 - I sat next to you on the airplane ride to the island.

    Nice trip report! I will send you a DM
     
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  7. jcm1911a1

    jcm1911a1 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Iowa
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    Awesome report! Loved the bait ball and will definitely be looking for the turtles at Salt Pier when we return this coming spring! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has "been there, done that" for the Northern sites. Not really worth doing again for the time involved.

    Could you please PM me your secret Trailboss site along with any tips for diving it?
     
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  8. chiggins

    chiggins Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: MN
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    Thanks for a great report! I'll need to get the intel on the secret site for my next trip. I'm extremely jealous of your month, especially since I had a trip planned for 2 weeks in November which it has been postponed for work. In December on all of my days away, it's less than half the price for airfare to Indonesia or the Philippines. I'm very torn between the freedom of Bonaire and the critters of the indo pacific.
    I noticed the red algae last winter at 1000 steps; hope it hasn't gotten worse since I've been. While I cant say that I've had a bad dive on Bonaire, that site was probably my least favorite. Did you get up to Nokove or any sites between there and Karpata?
     
  9. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Redmond Wa
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    • An unmarked dive site that I am naming after myself and you will have to message me to get the location—also my new favorite dive site on Bonaire. 

    I'd be interested in this dive site as well. I'll be on the island for about 3 weeks in Oct. and I'm always looking for something new and fun.
     
  10. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Redmond Wa
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    Rumor has it that something killed the sea urchins that normally eat the algae. I noticed a lot of it there in July.
     

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