Bonaire - February 2019.
Landing at Flamingo airport is always a pleasure and the short walk from the aeroplane through customs to baggage reclaim is a very welcome stretch of the legs.
We chose a small guest house complex this time which proved to be excellent for our needs and was spotlessly clean with good access to the southern dive sites and also supermarkets without the need to drive through town which can be slow when cruise ships are in.
The amount of cruise ships and traffic has noticeably increased in the last two or three years as has the building work which hopefully won't spoil the island as a diving destination or make it difficult for the locals that live there, with no crystal ball it's hard to tell and at the moment we didn't find it affected our stay there at all.
The conditions while we were there were windy with the visibility low at times yet nothing that would bother the UK diver, on most dives we had in excess of 25 meters and only on one dive at Salt Pier did we have about 5 meters in the shallows.
Overall the diving was very good with lots to see, in the two week's we had 7 frogfish, spotted eagle rays, plenty of turtles and the usual mix of reef fish though we never came across a seahorse this trip but since returning friends have sent us pictures of seahorse and a nurse shark.
Night dives were fun especially when accompanied by the tarpon and the dusk dives were bristling with life producing many photo opportunities.
Again the holiday ended all too soon . . . . .
Here's some pic's of what we saw:
Yellowhead Jawfish - Opistognathus aurifrons
Yellow Longlure Frogfish - Antennarius multiocellatus
Tarpon with Ramora
Sharknose Goby - Gobiosoma evelynae
Secretary Blenny - Acanthemblemaria
Peppermint Goby - Coruphopterus lipernes
Honeycomb cowfish - Lactophrys polygonius
Hawksbill Turtle - Eretmochelys imbricata
Green Turtle - Chelonia mydas
Caribbean reef squid - Sepioteuthis sepioidea
Azure vase sponge - Callyspongia plicifera & Creolefish - Paranthias furcifer