Well, as I sit here still jonesing for a dive, I am taking a quick break to check out some future trip locations. Hubby has been wanting to do the ABC Islands. That is Abaco, BonAir and Curacao. So, please check back often to this post as I delve into the fabulous world of diving there.
My understanding from some of the blogs and dive sites I have gone to is that there is incredible shore dives with nice deep walls close to shore and unlimited tank fills. I did a quick search for flights and found very reasonable rates.
A is for Abaco:
B is for Bonaire:
Bonaire has pristine reefs and diverse marine life that are unique to the Caribbean. This is mainly because the waters surrounding Bonaire a part of a marine park for 30 years. You can dive depths of up to 200 feet/60m. The Wall (as it is known) is sometimes vertical and sometimes sloping. The thing that interests me us that it starts just a few feet from shore. Bonaire is the perfect place for shore diving and most shore dive sites are marked by large yellow rocks with the name of the site stenciled on them.
More than 60 dive sites are accessible by shore, making Bonaire one of the the most enjoyable dive destinations.
It is ranked as one of the top four dive locations in the World and many of the Dive operators and resorts (like Buddy Dive) are rated as top dive resorts in the World. Some favorite tourist destinations include the salt flats, a gorgeous pink beach, an old lighthouse, slave huts, Washington National Park, and a wildlife preserve. Bonaire has animal species unique to Bonaire plus pink flamingos, beautiful Parroquets, lorets, big blue lizards and three foot iguanas. Lac Bay, on the windward side of the island, has been said to have some of the best windsurfing in the world.
Bonaire can be found in the south Caribbean. The climate is arid with very little rain fall. This makes the water very clear and free from silt whcih equates to fabulous visibility for divers. This destination attracts underwater photographers.
The water temperatures average a warm 78-84°F (25.6-28.9°C).
Visibility averages over 100 feet (30m), and frequently reaching up to 150 feet (50m).
I have found that many dive Operators are members of CURO, the Council of Underwater Resort Operators. Their responsibility as members is that they have to practice and adhere to uniform practices that, along with the Bonaire Marine Park Rules, have worked to preserve the beautiful reefs and the fragile ecosystem of the reef. When you plan your trip to Bonaire, be aware that you will have to go through a National Marine Park orientation before you dive. The orientation are generally around 9am. They will check your buoyancy and make sure you are not banging up the reef. So be sure to check your trim and clip up equipment. During this orientation they will also teach what you will see and let you know about the invasive species like the pesky lionfish. You will also have to purchase a Marine Park Tag that is valid for one calendar year. The cost is $25 and goes towards helping support park management and services.
Click here for Bonair dive operators.
There are wonderful opportunities to see Coral spawning in August, September and October. Click here and you will be able to see predictions for species for 2011.
C is for Curacao
Stay tuned for more info on these three islands.