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Packing and Diving Tips for the Bonaire Invasion

Discussion in 'Invade Bonaire, 2013' started by ROXANNE, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina, 3 miles from South Carolina
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    I like to take a lightweight, soft cooler bag. We buy fruit and lunch items from the store and pack a lunch each day. That way, we can drive to either end of the island with a full load of tanks and make a day of diving. We come back late afternoon, take a short nap, eat dinner and then go for a night dive closer to home, usually at Oil Slick.
    We usually stay at a condo. The last time we found a condo by owner and it worked out really well. It was right behind the Golden Reef. A nice location, easy to get to and a very nice house with two bedrooms, living room and a kitchen.
    You can either flatten the cooler and pack it in your checked luggage. It's lightweight and doesn't take much space. Or, use it to carry something on, especially something delicate that needs some protection from the cooler's padded sides, like a can light.
     
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  2. James R

    James R PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Austin, TX USA
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    Those cooler bags are also great for a camera...your own private rinse tank.
     
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  3. ROXANNE

    ROXANNE Artist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa Bay area, Florida, USA
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    I agree! Light weight cooler bags are a must for my list. We use them for the cameras too. They're great protection, easy to pack and wash out.
     
  4. ROXANNE

    ROXANNE Artist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa Bay area, Florida, USA
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    I ordered a new skin from Dive Goddess and was sadded to learn that they were going out of business. [​IMG]
    If anyone else wanted one for the trip, there are still some available.

    On another note, for those of you planning on partiscipating in the Photo Contests or planning on sharing photos with other, don't forget a thumb drive. They come in real handy! IJS :D
     
  5. Moonie

    Moonie Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Somewhere in ????
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    You know you'll all want pics of me of course. So plan accordingly!

    Later,
    Moonie [​IMG]
     
  6. Sw1tchbl4de

    Sw1tchbl4de Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Portland, OR
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    Can anyone recommend some hard-soled dive boots if I don't own my own fins? Are there ones that are sort of "standardized"? Thanks!
     
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  7. ROXANNE

    ROXANNE Artist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa Bay area, Florida, USA
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    There are many diferant manufactures. You may want to look locally so you can try them on. Look for boots that fit well and seem comfortable to you. Then later when you buy fins, you can make sure your boots fit the foot pocket. I also like to wear thin socks with my boots to keep my wet feet from rubbing to much. :D
     
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  8. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    FYI - Woolite is terrible for most man made fibers and especially anything with spandex, elastic, or built in odor-protecting fabric. Ironically, something that's great for natural fibers and delicates... is pretty harsh on stuff that's not delicate.
     
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  9. ROXANNE

    ROXANNE Artist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa Bay area, Florida, USA
    3,937
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    Feel free to use whatever kind of detergent you like. I've never had a problem with woolite myself, but to each their own. It does come in handy to have whatever kind you like anyway, even baby sampoo can be used to wash items.
    On another note, RJP, why aren't you joining us? It's going to be a blast.
     
  10. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    Dates didn't work, plus have been to Bonaire not too long ago. Trying to figure something different thsi year.
     
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