Enjoying Bonaire

Since 2.5 weeks we really enjoy our time here in Bonaire. We enjoy to hop into the water and snorkel or dive right next to our She San, we get to know many other sailing crews, we can go visit the island with the bicycles and there are sufficient shopping possibilities to find (almost) everything for ship and crew.check out Bonaire underwater.

Dive Paradise Bonaire

For the first time ever we see the "Attention Divers" Sign! This must be unique to Bonaire!
For the first time ever we see the “Attention Divers” Sign! This must be unique to Bonaire!

Since Bonaire is one of the top diving spots we also first have to

Unfortunately the Rollei action camera does not fulfil its waterproofness and gets flooded in the waterproof housing during the first dive, we later see some micro cracks in the housing… also the reaction of the supplier who gives a 5 years warranty and world wide service is rather disappointing, he only offers that they can take a look at it, but on our cost… We should have invested the money rather in the more expensive GoPro…

Exploring Bonaire by Car

finally a picture of both of us - in the background the Salina Goto
finally a picture of both of us – in the background the Salina Goto
if he knows he is being fotographed?
if he knows he is being fotographed?
and again flamingos
and again flamingos
the parrots don't mind being fotographed by Gabrielle
the parrots don’t mind being fotographed by Gabrielle
view down to Rincon and the north coast - gives a good impression about what likes to grow on the island
view down to Rincon and the north coast – gives a good impression about what likes to grow on the island

Then we rent a pick up together with Gabrielle and Thomas from Maselle and get to know the island by road.

In the morning we drive up north and already on the Salina Goto we see the first flamingos and of course we have to stop every time to see if we cannot get a better and closer picture than the ones before…

in the Washington Slaagbaai National Park - here the cost next to the Sera Grandi
in the Washington Slaagbaai National Park – here the cost next to the Sera Grandi
the Blow Hole
the Blow Hole
and for a change it is me on a picture since Reto had the Camera today ;-)
and for a change it is me on a picture since Reto had the Camera today 😉

Next we drive through the Washington Slagbaai National Park on quite a bumpy dirt track.

the natural pools of Boka Kokolishi
the natural pools of Boka Kokolishi
the Lizards here are coulorful, while the head is blue the tail and parts of the feet are green
the Lizards here are coulorful, while the head is blue the tail and parts of the feet are green
Reto hunting Flamingos with the camera...
Reto hunting Flamingos with the camera…
and another parrot doesn't flee in front of the camera
and another parrot doesn’t flee in front of the camera
one of the many cactus here in the format of a tree
one of the many cactus here in the format of a tree

We stop at the Suplado, the Blow Hole and the Boka Kokolishi with the natural pools and of course for pictures of many more flamingos and some more parrots.

After a lunch and snorkel break in the Boka Slagbaai we drive back to the park entrance and head down south.

the salt production in the south - we admire the red salt lakes with the white salt hills behind
the salt production in the south – we admire the red salt lakes with the white salt hills behind
going south we admire the red coulor of the salt lakes
going south we admire the red coulor of the salt lakes
the orange slave huts...
the orange slave huts…
...had to host a number of slaves, I just feel that I would just fit in alone...
…had to host a number of slaves, I just feel that I would just fit in alone…
the iguanas in the marina are closely watching who comes close..
the iguanas in the marina are closely watching who comes close..
Lunch time next to She San
Lunch time next to She San

There we admire the salt lakes with their pink colour, the white salt dunes and on the other side of the road the turquoise and dark blue of the sea – beautiful setting!

Cruisers Swimming Competition

beim Schwimm- Wettbewerb
beim Schwimm- Wettbewerb
all swimmers have made it to the other side
all swimmers have made it to the other side

Two days later our dutch neighbors Ellen and Martin organise a swimming event over to Klein Bonaire. Well organized with a lot of safety precautions (on each swimmer a dinghy taking care, one dinghy approaching vessels coming near) all swimmers make it well to the other side where we are welcomed with a coconut rum 😉

In the afternoon we spend 3.5 hours on board of Sylvain and Susanne since Reto’s electrical skills are needed to change their generator from 110 V to 220 V.

Exploring on land with the mountain bikes

our bicycle tour starting to the east of the island
our bicycle tour starting to the east of the island
going south the Lac Bay lagune looks inviting for a swim
going south the Lac Bay lagune looks inviting for a swim
Gabrielle and Nadine on the Lac Bay beach
Gabrielle and Nadine on the Lac Bay beach

Then we finally get out the bicycles and start to explore the east of the island. After 1.5 hours of bumpy dirt road and many cactuses we are happy to reach the paved road again and head on to Lac Bay in order to meet our swiss friends.

After a break on the beach we continue further south and somehow do feel like in the Netherlands with a lot of wind in the flat salt works landscape.

For the first time we find a whole bunch of flamingos all together and with the bikes we carefully approach them.

and going south with the bycicle we find again a whole bunch of flamingos
and going south with the bycicle we find again a whole bunch of flamingos
interesting decoration of the trees
interesting decoration of the trees
Peter and Elaine from Pura Vida visiting us on She San
Peter and Elaine from Pura Vida visiting us on She San

Celebration Swiss National Holiday on August 1st

She San is decorated for the celebration of the national holiday on the 1st of August
She San is decorated for the celebration of the national holiday on the 1st of August
and even the Amstel cans get a new touch of swissness ;-)
and even the Amstel cans get a new touch of swissness 😉
celebration the first of August, the Swiss national holiday ;-)
celebrating the first of August, the Swiss national holiday 😉

Together with Nadine and Thomas from the SeaBorne and Gabrielle and Thomas from the Maselle we are 3 swiss yachts, so we decide to get together to celebrate the swiss national holiday on the fist of August. Thinking about an appropriate decoration we get some crepe paper and get creative 😉

In the next days I continue to explore our “home reef” with swimming and snorkeling, since Reto has an infection in one ear and some wounds that have to recover before seeing sea water again.
Apart from all the great small fish I once believe to see a small shark and on the next day I get  scared so much by a huge yellowfin tuna appearing right in front of my nose, and right afterwards a large Tarpon….Now I always swim looking around most carefully and respectfully…

Bonaire Caribbean ABC Islands
Bonaire ABC Islands - What to do on land and under water

Since Reto’s son Jannick and his mom Felicitas just booked a flight to come to visit us here, it seems that we will stay around here for a while. So hopefully we can catch some nice pictures of the underwater world in order to share them with you in the next update 😉

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