Progress to site working again right and recent shots from bonaire
New Traffic Laws
Not sure wen they when they REALLY effective for good, but new primary driving rules are coming including: No use of cell phones, mandatory use of seat belts, drinking an driving and proper use of turn signals .. especially in rotaries
a navigation program for your mobile
device that doesn't require internet once you after download the files that is.
try maps.me works great on Bonaire
Another REAL cool tool for Divers going to Bonaire
Like it or not, you have to pay your marine park fee. (unless you are on a Cruise ship then screw the island). A much improved and efficent way starts on line purchase and verification
There is pretty much at least one crusie ship a day often two. This means between 2500 and 5000 people are dropped on the island a day. TCB, the local tourist agency, loves that , although very litte of the revenue goes to the true locals, just new busineses started to cater to them. This means increased congestion down town, major obstacles on the tourist roads that were built for two donkey carts and are just a complete pain in the ass. Seen any new roads? except to the new prison ? This is the focused future of Bonaire Tourist industry. You as a diver seemed to be looked upon as a burden, Enjoy
Attention Divers Traffic Update
The old slogan Bonaire Unspoiled Unhurried Unforgettable now means something new. You can read elsewhere about how badly the reefs are getting impacted, yeah the reefs have great coverage, maybe compared to Florida. The Unhurried has a new meaning. If there are two cruise ships in town expect the drive north on the tourist road to be VERY unhurried The tour vehicles can apparently only drive in the middle of the road... and not let any body pass... painful Check www.infobonaire.com for the schedule..Plan your dive
Hell at the Airport.
Withe the addition American and Aruba Airways, air travel exceeds the capability of Flamingo airport. Expect extremely long lines and confusion especially on Saturdays! Departure lounge will be packed. Oh good news it wil get worse before it gets better with airport terminal reconstruction.
Rental Car Companies
Read the fine print on your rental agreement. At least one of the companies, Avis, now will charge you extra if the interior of your vehicle isn't cleaned before you turned it in
A new attempt to get my point across: 1. Dont bring anything th Bonaire you dont want to lose 2. Don't lock your rental car... batteries are cheaper then window 3. Your car will be done through 4. Outside of resorts there is no real security. 4. Don't park illegally downtown. The police can't find time to stop break in but they can ticket and tow
Its a public Beach!
Some of the published dive guides state that divers have the right to enter ANYWHERE. This is not really true. Yo can enter anywhere in on PUBLIC land like along the Boulevard down town and along the "tourist road" Sites in developed area like Andrea 1 and 2 are limited to day light hours essentially 7-7. Entries in front of resorts are private and can involve a fee if you use facilities or be closed completely if resort is busy. South of town,the area is all owned by Cargill Salt and subject to closure if abuse (leaving trash, driving in the sand) continues. Salt Pier ,while reopened, is being so trashed by divers that they are thinking of closing it off. Courteous divers get more dives