Why Scuba Dive? 12 Reasons Women Should Learn to Dive

Why Women Should Learn to Dive.

As a member of the female gender myself, and also a member of the world’s SCUBA diving community for over thirty years, I can say I wholeheartedly agree with Melinda Crow’s reasons listed below as to why women should dive. Read on!

Why Scuba Dive? 12 Reasons Women Should Learn to DiveI can’t imagine my life without scuba diving. I have seen and experienced things far beyond my original expectations, and I never want it to end. Last year we met a woman in her eighties diving in Florida. She was diving with her daughter, who carried her gear for her. The daughter told us that she only carried the gear because her mom had had hip replacement surgery the year before. Seeing them made my heart sing!

Worldwide scuba certification agency PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), cites that only 36% of all divers are women. I was actually a bit surprised by that number. I would have guessed the number was lower, at least among U.S. divers. I frequently see higher numbers of European women divers when we dive on Bonaire.

Woman diving on BonaireAnd now, with some background information provided, here’s my favorite five reasons from the list of 12 as to why women should learn to dive:

1. There are no phones.

The ability to escape the demands and chaos of the digital world for an hour at a time is my favorite reason for diving.

This is one of my personal favorites. Being able to “disconnect” for an hour or so is certainly a luxury these days!

2.  We are actually better at it than most guys.

Most guys that scuba dive frequently with women will tell you that women divers are better at buoyancy control and at air consumption than men. Gary used to think my air gauges were wrong because I always have more air left in my tank than he does. After I easily outlasted a seasoned dive master on an 80-minute shallow dive with plenty of air left in my tank he realized that I simply breath more efficiently than most guys.

Well, I will probably take a little flack for including this one, but after actively teaching both men and women to dive for many years, I can agree that women “get” the whole issue of buoyancy much more quickly than men!Red seahorse on a rope sponge on Bonaire.

3.  Seahorses.

This is actually a reason for anybody to want to dive. What’s not to love about a seahorse?

Can’t think of anyone who will disagree with this one, or the one following! Seahorses, turtles, and all the other wonderful marine life are the reasons we dive!

4.  Turtles.

I have been known to laugh out loud underwater (yes, that’s possible) at the leisurely antics of sea turtles. I think it may have been the deciding factor for my sister-in-law to start diving. After encountering them while snorkeling in Hawaii, she made the plunge to have a deeper look beneath the waves.

5.  Guys can’t save the oceans by themselves.

Getting beneath the waves for a first-hand look at trash accumulations, coral bleaching, and damage caused by ships is the best way to realize that the oceans need all the help we can all muster.

People protect what they love. The more people who find a love for the oceans and the world’s coral reefs, the better off the oceans and reefs will be!

Read the entire article and the remaining 7 reasons Why Women Should Learn to Dive

 

How to get certified on Bonaire?

In case this piques the interest of women who snorkel while on Bonaire, think about upgrading and joining the men-folk on their dives!  Nearly all of Bonaire’s fine dive centers have female instructors on staff, who can assist with the special considerations for women.

Come on, gals, try it out and get certified!  You’ll only regret not doing it!

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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Bonaire Videos from the 1950s and 1960s

Have you ever wondered what Bonaire was like before you first visited?

Many visitors to Bonaire return year after year.  In fact, these days, it is not unusual to hear of some repeat guests celebrating 30 years of visits, or even 40 years!  These visitors have truly witnessed lots of changes on Bonaire, as it has transitioned from a sparsely populated island, to a less-sparsely populated island.

Bonaire from the 1950s and 1960s.But even those visitors who first came in the 1980s, when dive tourism to Bonaire was taking off, still can’t imagine what Bonaire was like in earlier decades.  The Bonaire Insider has located some videos online that were taken on Bonaire in the 1950s and the 1960s, and we thought you would enjoy seeing them as much as we did.

Bonaire Video from the 1950s.

Sometime in the early 1950s, Polygoon-Profilti, a Dutch production company, produced a short documentary about Bonaire, entitled “Eiland van rust” (Island of Rest). The film shows fascinating scenes of life on Bonaire from over half a century ago, documenting salt harvesting, charcoal creation, aloe farming, boat building, and traditional fishing from locally crafted sail boats. One can see the roots of today’s festivals of Simadan and Maskarada. The video is an amazing look at a Bonaire we no longer see. Narration is in Dutch.

Bonaire:  Island of Rest.

Bonaire Video from the 1960s.

Just a short decade later, Bonaire’s personality was already changing.  It’s distinctive green license plates were already in place, as were the hills of conch shells, locally known as karko, at Lac Cai.  Today these hills of conch shells still can be seen, but they no longer grow larger, as conch is now a protected species.  And, of course, we no longer traipse through the nesting areas of Bonaire’s iconic bird, the flamingo, as we now know that such activities disturb the birds’ natural behaviors.

In this twenty-minute film, we follow a Dutch family who spent two vacations on Bonaire in 1964 and 1966.  At a time when tourism to Bonaire was only beginning, it is a special treat to be able to travel back to this period and see the island as it was, including a glimpse of Bonaire’s first Flamingo Airport!

Enjoy!

Bonaire:  Island of the Flamingos.

Learn more about Bonaire’s history!

 

(Source: Youtube Videos)


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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5 Special Places to Spend Dawn in the Forests of Bonaire

How to experience dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

This morning, as I settled in behind the computer, I came across a beautiful blog post, written by Louis Shoultz. It’s all about the special awakening of the natural fauna in Bonaire’s forest areas at dawn.

Bonaire has a certain something–some intangible essence–that reaches out to all whom step foot on this island. For repeat visitors and those who make Bonaire their home, we feel it immediately upon the opening of the plane’s doorway when the trade-winds caress our faces. First time visitors may not feel it upon arrival, but during their visit, this essence insinuates itself into their hearts and souls, so that, by departure time, it has become part of them. It’s the reason why nearly everyone returns to Bonaire.

Dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

As I read Louis’ wonderful blog post, it occurred to me that her writing clearly communicated that special essence–that elusive something–that is why we love Bonaire:

Just before light chases them away, geckos chirp their farewells from tree to tree and branch to branch. As the blackness of night dissolves in to the brightness of day, the first bird begins to sing. The Northern Scrub Flycatcher without fail, is first to wake, starting the day with short, but loud tweets. At around fifteen minutes later, the Venezuelan Troupial joins in, whistling to the sun, encouraging it to rise. Then, as if the Troupial said it’s all alright, the ornithological orchestra commences.

A lizard wakes up with the dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

As the sky begins to burn with the colors of fire the cold blooded reptiles arise from their hideouts. The endemic Bonairian Anole, scampers up a sapling to flare his yellow throat. In a rather robotic fashion, he juts his head up and juts his head down, until he is quite suffice. Suddenly he darts back down, as though he’s just proudly raised the flag of his nation. The last of the nocturnal hermit crabs, late back to bed, scuttle across the floor like drunken youths out on the town.

Five locations to experience dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

Next, I started pondering on the many hidden areas of northern Bonaire where one can sit quietly in the island’s dry forests and watch the awakening of creatures getting ready for their days. These are my favorites:

Dos Pos

A Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird rests for a moment.

Blue-Tailed Emerald Hummingbird

Just outside the gate of Echo Conservation Centre, you’ll see and hear many loras (parrots) squawking as they wake up and begin to feed. But don’t just look skyward; watch carefully around you for hummingbirds as well; you’ll find Blue-tailed Emeralds and Ruby Topaz.

Hiking Trails of the Rincon Valley

For those who don’t mind walking a bit, there are two hiking trails (follow the pink markers) which are available, both starting at Dos Pos. The Montaña Hiking Trail which borders Echo’s Conservation Centre, and the Dos Pos Hiking Trail. You don’t need to hike the entire trails (1 to 1-1/2 hours), but just head down the trail a bit before you stop for dawn.

Nukove

Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

It’s a bit of a drive on dirt roads to get to the dive site, Nukove, but along the way you’ll have vegetation on both sides of the road, and you’ll be passing a wetland area which attracts many species. At Nukove, pull in and sit quietly waiting for the dawn, and you’ll be amazed at what occurs around you. You’ll find loras (parrots) in the forest area, as well as waterbirds on the shoreline and you’ll be comfortably ensconced between the two. The Crested Caracara will be active early at dawn.

Gotomeer Scenic Overlook

Often considered one of Bonaire’s most scenic locations, the Gotomeer Scenic Overlook offers the convenience of a parking area and benches on which to sit, and you’ll be surrounded by vegetation with all sorts of animals that will be very curious about you. Don’t forget to climb the concrete stairs for even a better bird’s eye view of dawn.

Seru Largu

Pearly-eyed Thrasher

Pearly-eyed Thrasher

Closer to Kralendijk, but still with easy access, is Seru Largu with panoramic views of both coastlines of Bonaire–eastern and western, choose your view! Even with sweeping vistas, you’re still positioned in forest, and, in fact, this location is one of Echo Conservation Centre’s reforestation projects. Keep your eyes peeled for the Pearly-Eyed Thrasher!

Do you have a special place in Bonaire’s dry forests where you experience dawn?

(Source: Wildlife Articles)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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TUI Fly Adds Additional Bonaire Flights to 2017-2018 Winter Schedule

TUI Fly’s Bonaire winter schedule to begin November 1st, 2017

TUI Fly provides flight services between Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport.

Flight service to increase to four flights each week.

Starting with the implementation of their winter schedule on November 1st, 2017, TUI Fly will increase the number of flights per week that will be available the 2017-2018 winter season.

TUIFly Dreamliner on the tarmac at Bonaire International AirportThe new schedule will provide service from Schiphol Airport to Bonaire on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays.  The aircraft utilized will be a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, and the flights will be offering in combination with Aruba or Curacao.

For additional information or flight reservations, visit the Tui Fly website.

(Source:  TCB)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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Upcoming Solar Eclipse will be Partially Visible from Bonaire

Bonaire will view a partial solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.

Partial solar eclipse visible from Bonaire.This month the skies above Bonaire will be filled with some unique celestial events with the Perseids meteor showers (peaking the night of August 12th to 13th) as well as the star of the show, the upcoming partial solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.

The partial solar eclipse will begin at 2:22 PM on August 21st, 2017 and end at 4:50 PM on the same day.  The maximum effect for those on Bonaire will be at precisely 3:41 PM.

What will be visible from Bonaire.

When the eclipse begins, the moon will start to touch the sun’s edge.  The altitude is 64.0º.

At the maximum eclipse, at 3:41 PM, the moon is closest to the center of the sun.  The altitude is 44.8º.

At completion of the eclipse, the moon leaves the sun’s edge, and the sun will return to normal.  At this point, the altitude is 28.0º.

Read more about this celestial event.

How to safely observe the eclipse.

Since Bonaire will not be experiencing totality, it is necessary to protect one’s eyes when viewing the partial solar eclipse.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Read the entire article on how to safely observe the solar eclipse.

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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STINAPA Will Have a New Director at the Helm

Arjen de Wolff to begin as Director of STINAPA on September 1st, 2017.

The Board  of STINAPA Bonaire has appointed a new executive director, Arjen de Wolff. After an open and thorough procedure to fill the vacancy, Mr. de Wolff will be taking up his new tasks as of September 1, 2017.

Arjen de Wolff will begin September 1st as Director of Bonaire's STINAPAShort biography of Mr. Arjen de Wolff.

Mr. de Wolff (born in The Netherlands in 1969) has had a long and diverse career working in the governmental and public sector in various countries and regions, including the Middle-East, the Caucasus, the US, and the Dutch Antilles, with a focus on development and professionalizing governmental structures and procedures and NGO management.

Director Herman Sieben will return to the National Forests Authority in Holland.

Current Executive Director, Herman Sieben, will assist with introducing Mr. de Wolff to STINAPA, stakeholders and Bonaire during a transition period. Mr. Sieben will return to the National Forests Authority in the European Netherlands later this year.

About STINAPA Bonaire.

STINAPA Bonaire is tasked with the protection and management of the Bonaire National Marine Park and Washington Slagbaai National Park. STINAPA Bonaire works to protect and manage Bonaire’s natural beauty for the people and economy of Bonaire, the conservation of endangered nature as part of the wider Caribbean ecosystem, and to provide a great experience to Bonaire’s people and visitors.

(Source:  STINAPA)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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Trans World Radio Underwater Mural is Beautiful Once Again

Trans World Radio renovates its famous underwater mural on Bonaire.

Trans World Radio (TWR) has recently completed the renovation of their famous underwater mural, first painted twenty years ago in 1998.  After many years of Bonaire’s strong sunlight, the mural had become faded and lackluster.  Today, it is back to its former glory, and even more appropriate with sea life that is found here on Bonaire.

 

The first underwater mural, from 1998.

The original plan, way back in 1997, was to have world-famous mural artist, Robert Wyland, paint one of his “whaling walls” on the premises of Bonaire’s Trans World Radio. Although discussions looked initially positive, Robert Wyland was already booked for so many murals, that it would be years before he could do one on Bonaire.  So, TWR looked for another option.

Trans World Radio's first underwater mural on Bonaire, from 1998.Instead, Paul and Joellen Gallo created an underwater mural as a gift to Trans World Radio and the people of Bonaire.  The scene included sea life from around the world, and, in hindsight, seemed to be weirdly prophetic, as it appeared to foretell the arrival of the invasive Pacific Lionfish, since it was included on the original mural (lower left).

Staff from Trans World Radio also got in on the action, helping mural creators Paul and Joellen. Some even had to overcome their fear of heights in order to paint their assigned area.

Once completed, the mural needed something more, and so, to connect the beauty of the underwater world with Trans World Radio’s purpose for being on Bonaire, an appropriate Bible verse was added.

Are the fishes coming back? Transitioning to a new mural in 2017.

About six weeks ago, suddenly scaffolding appeared, and the wall was whitewashed, hiding the now-faded original mural.  A little boy was walking by with his teacher and asked, “Are the fishes coming back?”

In answer to that question, it is a resounding, “Yes, and, oh, so much more!” Over the past two months, and similar to what happened back in 1998 when the first mural was painted, cars were slowing down to observe what was happening at the wall of the TWR studio. The mural of reef fish accompanied by a Bible verse had been a landmark on Bonaire for so long, and many stopped to watch the wall come back to vivid color and life.

The second underwater mural, 2017.

Rita Carswell and Jeannie Villacorte are the masterminds behind the newest mural. They are professional mural painters and worked tirelessly in Bonaire’s summer sun on TWR’s new mural.

Preliminary work began back home in the United States.

The preparation took Rita and Jeannie more than two weeks of work, even before the actual painting started. First, they took images of Bonaire’s coral reef and oceanic life. They looked at photos and picked some beautiful and colorful fish that can be viewed when diving or snorkeling on Bonaire.

Next, they put the pictures in a computer program, enlarged them, and composed them into a pleasing montage.  The montage was then overlaid with a grid pattern and each grid square was assigned a number, fifty in total.

Each square, with a piece of the image, was then printed on a special film in black and white. All those films were put into an overhead projector and projected on a wall in 4×4′ sections, while the images were traced onto paper, a process which took Rita and Jeannie two days.

Up close and personal with one of the mural painters, 2017 edition of the Trans World Radio underwater mural.Finally, the preliminary work was done, and the papers were put in order, rolled up, and accompanied the ladies to Bonaire. Once here, they unrolled the images and traced over all the black lines with charcoal. Each sheet of paper was taped on the wall, section by section, and traced over it with pencils. Then on the wall, they used permanent markers to make the charcoal impressions indelible, and, finally, painting could commence.

Painting can finally begin.

Paintings and drawings evolve. Slowly the painting develops and comes to life. First, Rita and Jeannie stuck to their preliminary drawings, but as the painting developed, they could add in their own creativity, using shadows and highlights to bring the sea animals to life.

Mural painters Rita and Jeannie say:

“When TWR asked us to do this, we did not think about snorkeling because painting the mural is already a blessing. However, when we went snorkeling and actually saw the fish we are painting, it was extraordinary! Working at the roundabout is also fun. People from Bonaire are very much involved. They wave and honk. So, now, we feel we are also contributing to the whole community!”

Trans World Radio's second underwater mural on Bonaire, under construction in 2017.

The fishes are back!

After weeks of hard work, the fishes are back, along with myriad other examples of sea life found on Bonaire. Current Trans World Radio director, Bernard Oosterhoff, had this to add about the new mural:

“The new mural will mark a new phase for TWR; after four years of hard work we are increasing the power of the radio masts located at the salt pans and this will double the reach of the transmitter. With the upgraded transmitter, we will be able to reach hundred million people living in Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, and North and Central Brazil. This is such a milestone that we want to celebrate. The new mural is already a beautiful visual marker of this new era.”

— Bernard Oosterhoff

Take time to stop and view the mural.

The mural is now completed and quite beautiful. When next you visit Bonaire, you’ll pass it by the traffic rotary in Hato. Be sure to pull off the side of the road to spend a few moments enjoying this wonderful Bonaire landmark. There can be no argument that truly one can “See the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.”

Trans World Radio has renovated their underwater mural on Bonaire.

(Source:  Trans World Radio)


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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2017 Coral Spawning Schedule–Making Baby Corals in the Old-Fashioned Way and the New!

2017 Coral Spawning Predictions for Bonaire.

It is always this time of year when the thoughts of all divers on Bonaire (including those who have plans to visit shortly) turn to making babies. Baby corals, that is! August, September, and October are prime months to witness this miracle of undersea life as many invertebrates are spawning.

Spawning timetable for corals and other invertebrates.

Thanks again to Carmabi, and many years of divers providing eye-witness research, there is now a fairly accurate timetable which can assist with predicting when corals and other invertebrates will spawn in the southern Caribbean.

Download the 2017 predictions for coral spawning, available in PDF.

To see the spawning, and witness baby corals being made in the old-fashioned way, it is recommended to plan on spending lots of time underwater during prime spawning forecasts.  STINAPA has specified these dates as being “hotspots” of potential spawning activity:

Most of our star corals spawn 6-8 nights after the full moon in September and/or October (when the sea surface temperature is the highest). Since the full moon falls on the evenings of September 5th (actually early morning on the 6th) and October 5th, the spawn will occur one week later. Those who have always wanted to see coral spawning for themselves, this October will be a good time to visit, and especially the night of October 12th! Both months will probably have spawning corals and different corals spawn at different times.

Coral gardening makes babies with new technology.

But luckily for the world’s coral reefs, making babies in the old-fashioned way is not the only manner anymore! Bonaire has been at the forefront of testing new technology which allows coral gardening with its Coral Restoration Foundation.

2017 Coral Spawning Schedule--Making Baby Corals in the Old-Fashioned Way and the New!

A new study from the University of Miami finds coral restoration efforts are beneficial.

According to a new study from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, coral gardening, the process of replanting laboratory-raised coral fragments to restore coral populations, is proving to be a benefit for Caribbean reefs. An article from CaribJournal recently cited the study:

The school said the research had important implications for the long-term survival of reefs worldwide, which have been in global decline. “Our study showed that current restoration methods are very effective,” said UM Rosenstiel school coral biologist Stephanie Schopmeyer, the lead author of the study.

According to the findings, “current restoration methods are not causing excess damage to donor colonies as a result of removing coral tissue to propagate new coral in the lab, and that once outplanted, corals behave just as wild colonies do.”

This was the first study to collect baseline coral restoration survival and productivity data at regional scales.

So, it really doesn’t matter if new corals are produced in the eons-old manner, or if they are propagated using today’s technology, the end result will be healthier reefs for the world, including Bonaire.

(Sources: Carmabi, CaribJournal, STINAPA)


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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History of Bonaire’s Hilma Hooker Shipwreck

Bonaire's famous shipwreck and dive site, The Hilma Hooker.

The Hilma Hooker became part of Bonaire’s diving history over 30 years ago.

We enjoyed this recent retelling of the history of Bonaire’s Hilma Hooker dive site, by Scuba Diving Magazine.  We hope you like it as much as we did!

The origins of this popular dive site are the stuff of diving folklore — you’ll never hear the whole tale the same way twice. Read on to find out how this drug-smuggling vessel caught up in red-tape and legal limbo found its way to the ocean floor and the hearts of Bonaire’s divers.

History of Bonaire\'s Hilma Hooker Shipwreck

 

The Hilma Hooker is a 236-foot Dutch freighter built in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands. It was originally christened the Midsland on May 20, 1951.  This ship would change hands — and names — multiple times over the next two decades.

One of the most in-depth accounts of the Hooker’s troubled months prior to sinking comes from Bruce Bowker, of Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn. According to Bowker, local dive operators were quick to recognize the gift that the tide had left on their doorstep and appealed to the government to use the ship to create a new dive site. Despite an outpouring of public support, nothing could be done. The Hilma Hooker was evidence in an active case for the Attorney General’s office of the Netherland Antilles. And if the owners were found not guilty, the ship would need to be returned in the same condition as when the authorities confiscated it — something that would be hard to do if the ship was sitting on the sea floor.

On September 12, 1984, the ship began taking on water. Its pumps had failed, and the Hilma Hooker began to sink. At 9:08 a.m. she rolled over onto her starboard side and slipped beneath the surface two minutes later.

(Source:  Scuba Diving Magazine)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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The First Salentein Premium Wine & Dine Event is August 1st at Sebastian’s Restaurant

The event will feature Salentien luxury wines and premium beef, by Bodegas Salentein in Argentina.

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 will mark the first Wine & Dine event at Sebastian’s Restaurant, the popular waterfront fine dining restaurant here on Bonaire.

First Salentein Premium Wine & Dine Event at Sebastian's Restaurant, BonaireBegin with wine and sunset.

The evening will begin at 6:15 with a l’amuse and a glass of Salentein Brut Curveé to enjoy the sunset as the gold orb sinks into the Caribbean Sea.

Five-course dinner with wine pairings follows.

At 7:00 PM, the five-course dinner will begin. The dinner includes wine pairing, Acqua Panna and S. Pellegrino waters, coffee, or tea. Relaxing lounge vibes will be by DJ Liv.

Be sure to make a reservation.

Reservations for this special evening are required and space is limited. Price per person is $75.00.  Call 717-1697 or email info@sebastiansrestaurantbonaire.com to make a reservation.

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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