If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

Surprisingly, just about everyone scuba dives on Bonaire. That was everyone except for Thomas because of his potential tooth squeeze. Finding the free-dive expert here on the island, Thomas signed up for a half-day course. Amazingly, he got to 12 metres and he managed to hold his breath for three minutes; quite impressing the expert. After no sign of the tooth squeeze returning he has gone and got the permit necessary for diving on Bonaire and is joining us.

Thomas took this picture of the sea horse whilst free-diving to just over 9m.

Thomas took this picture of the sea horse whilst free-diving to just over 9m.

So, this afternoon, we had a lovely dive on a small wall not far from the boat. There was an abundance of fish and moray eels. I found the variety of corals and their florescent colours spectacular. And it was certainly wonderful to dive with Thomas again as it has been some months since we’d taken the plunge together.

Before Thomas decided to get his dive permit he was determined to stretch himself with his free-diving so we went to find the frog fish and the sea horses that I’d seen on a dive the day before. Both of us used weights to stay down and I was getting down to about seven metres or maybe more. I was feeling quite comfortable staying down for a little while swimming amongst the coral. We found one sea horse but the frog fish was hiding under some coral and we didn’t see it. Someone found it again later. When we were diving at the sea horse site, we saw a very chilled out turtle munching on sea grass. He was very relaxed and didn’t move away from me.

This guy was totally chillaxed munching on his grass.

This guy was totally chillaxed munching on his grass.

Everyone is pretty relaxed here waiting out the hurricane season. Other than a friendly wave and occasionally hooking up with individuals, we only see the other cruisers on the supermarket bus and at ‘Burger’ night at the restaurant at the marina. There, the young waiter remembers everyone’s orders from the previous week and has a friendly playful disposition. It’s great to catch up with the other cruisers to get the insights on the weather and hearing about their sailing

Free diving through hoops put there to train scuba divers

Free diving through hoops put there to train scuba divers

and diving experiences. No veggie burger but they have three different vegetarian crepes that are even cheaper than the burgers. So, I’m a happy camper.

Quite pleased with how deep I'm getting when I go free-diving too.

Quite pleased with how deep I’m getting when I go free-diving too.

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