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Moved to Bonaire? Please tell us your story.

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by Les Corkill, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Les Corkill

    Les Corkill Angel Fish

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    Hi Everyone,
    I have been a PADI instructor for 15 years on a part-time basis given the demands of the corporate world. Like many of us I often dream about moving to an island, if not permanently, at least for a few years. I have dove Bonaire 3 times in the last 3 years. Of course, I love the diving, but I also love the people and the island as a whole.

    So on this cold and rainy "spring" day in Chicago, I wanted to ask those of you who have shared my dream and moved to Bonaire, either permanently or for a shorter time, if you would share your story with us on the Scubaboard for those of us thinking about "living the dream".

    Thanks.
     
  2. BHB ScubaTroll

    BHB ScubaTroll Solo Diver

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    What are you, some kind of pixie duster? :rofl3:

    Honestly, I would like to read those stories too :wink:
     
  3. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

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    As one who hopes to move there too, when I get the chance to retire, I will follow this thread with interest.
     
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  4. TheWizard

    TheWizard Barracuda

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    Hold on, we have to be nice to Les.
    He prolly doesn't have the context for some of this stuff yet...
     
  5. TheWizard

    TheWizard Barracuda

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    There's a forum on BonaireTalk about this topic:
    Topics - Bonaire Talk

    Perhaps not so much case histories of folks who've gone through with it as questions from folks thinking about it...
     
  6. DiverVince

    DiverVince Manta Ray

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    Les..Bonaire is a GREAT place to both live and work. Unfortunately, generally speaking if you work for money, Bonaire is NOT the best place to do it if you get my drift. The average salaries are very low compared to US standards. I won't quote the statistical average but it's low.

    My advice is to make your money in the states (yea I know corp America sucks)and then ease into Bonaire when you're financially able to. However if you really don't care much about money (and there are many people that fit this description, you may be one) Bonaire could be a great place for you. Some more advice...Spend much more time then 3 visits on the island to get a better feel for it.
     
  7. Les Corkill

    Les Corkill Angel Fish

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    Hey it started snowing while I was typing my post. If a little pixie dust would plop me on to Torries Reef or Something Special - bring on a truck load. Got any CoolTech! Wizzard, I am familiar with Bonarie Talk and check it out frequently. It's a good site. I have the immigration docs, etc. and I understand that the best way to make a million dollars in the scuba busness is to start with two million. I realize I would be fortunate to just get by if I made a move. I've read Don't Stop the Carnival. And am somewhat familiar with the Dutch culture working for ABN AMRO for 12 years - a Dutch bank - and traveling to the Netherlands several times.

    So let me tell you a story since no ones posted one yet. My best friend recently died of cancer - he was a multi-millionaire living in Ireland - like he said, what good is all this money, it couldn't help him. But that's not the story. He lived on the French Rivera for 7 yrs. and befriend a couple from Canada. The Canadian couples dream was to live on the French Rivera and they did it for 6 years. Two years after they moved back to Canada the husband passed away. When it happened his wife said at least he lived his dream. I guess that is the context of my vicarious post. Did you ever say if I died diving at least I was doing something I love to do?

    So for those of us who dream on a snowy day in Chicago and for people like CoolTech and GypsyJim tell us your story. What made you move? How did it work out for you? Did you get island fever? Why did you leave? Why did you stay? Was it worth it?

    Now where did I leave that pixie dust? :wink:
     
  8. BHB ScubaTroll

    BHB ScubaTroll Solo Diver

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    I was born and raised here in Florida... GypsyJim lives in NY... There is no story
     
  9. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
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  10. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Great White

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    The person you all need to talk with is Liz the owner of the Golden Reef Inn. She probably wouldn't want to post her story on the net but It would be worth the cost of lunch and drinks when you are on island to talk with her on this subject!
     
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