ON A ISLAND MODE
Water Temp charts are now up to November, although i am playing with the format. Water temp is around 80 and dropping.
Updated Dive site info and Doing site repair and getting links and pages working like they should. the Search Engine is working again
a navigation program for your mobile
doesn't require internet
(after download the files that is)
try maps.me works great on Bonaire
Want a good neutral site for island information ? Try www.geographia.com
There is pretty much at least one crusie ship a day often two. This means between 2500 and 5000 people are dropped on the islamd 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 donkeys carts and are just a complete pain in the ass. This is the focused future of Bonaire Tourist industry. You as a diver seemed to be looked upon as a burden, Enjoy
Reently annouced is weekly Direct service from Miaimi to Bonaire starting June 2018. That is the good news. The bad news is that early reports have average coach tickst are said to be in the $800 range. At that range it will remain cheaper, though longer travel to connect through Aruba or Curacao. Nice try no cigar
The major local airline, Insel Air has resumed some international operations...They are focusing on airline flights between the old Netherlands Antilles has been working out well sort of well accpet for two weeks ago when they stopped flying for two days
Service connectng through Curacao is now available. Although adding significantly to air cost it does add flexibility for the price but lacks the functionality of direct service. Both Insel and the "new" Aruba Airlines offer this service . Aruba Airlines has several flights a day from Bonaire via Curacao ... They are planning direct
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
I keep mentioning this because the tourist boards try to hide the fact and the facebooks pages say its "getting better" Not a week doesn't go by when i talk to another diver who has been ripped off or had their vehicle gone into it. The general buzz on the street is that past salt pier is not phsyically safe at night. If you do a night dive at salt pier you car will be gone through.
Crime on Bonaire has become rampant.. break-ins at rental properties, Inns and around the island continue. The traditional resorts have security forces that seem to work. One of the forums actually said "lock your car when diving" logic being they will go for your battery. Hey batteries are under $100 . Glass is much much more.. take what you don't mind losing and leave it unlocked On the bright side the police are cracking down on parking So be careful where you park downtown. The general rule of thumb is thar the southern dive sites past Lake aren't real safe after dark. And now they have killed a Police Officer and a Cruise Ship employee and a local resident.
The first phase of the reconstruction has been complete. Their policy remains ABSOLUTELY no diving when ship is in (which is being frequently ignored and causing trouble) and they prefer dives not o enetr when activity on pier. All in all their preference is that you NOT dive 8-5 when they are operating
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
Nice to haves
How to Beach Dive
I have added my own two cents on how to beach dive... but remember you get what you pay for
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