Bonaire In 3D

Racing Turtles, Laughing Crabs, Rookie Mermaids And A Carnival

Bonaire Dutch Antilles diving

Bonaire Dutch Antilles diving

Bonaire Dutch Antilles Carnival

Bonaire Dutch Antilles Carnival


Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea

- Crab Sebastian, The Little Mermaid.




Off the overcrowded Caribbean path and deeming itself quite elite, the secluded drop on the map is surrounded by deep waters right after a strip of white sand wide enough to serve as a family pool. With coral reefs at 20 yards from the beach, deep diving is like a never stopping live amusement park anywhere on the island.

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Bonaire Flounder Eye fish diving

Bonaire Flounder Eye fish diving

An island of the ABC Dutch Antilles, Bonaire, as with any three brothers, has its own personality. I would call it the deepest and the most serious one. Anyone taking the business of diving to one’s heart deserves a deep introduction into its clear waters. The diving world of the modest and thoughtful brother is as it should be in your dreams.

Bonaire Dutch Antilles Carnival

Bonaire Dutch Antilles Carnival

The 3D animation under the sea surface of Bonaire is an intimidation to Disney and Pixar combined and if The Little Mermaid lived in Bonaire her world would have kept the beauty well “under tha sea,” turning her handsome prince into a handsome dolphin instead.

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The tranquil beach of the most lavish Bonaire resort— The Harbour Village—picturesque and sleepy under the frying sun, did not provoke any qualm and a 1st time diver in me had no fear as to how far could I go off that peaceful paradise. Diving instructor Mark, a seasalted large bearded man much rather resembling a boat captain than a diving tale, looked at me squeamishly as I was introduced as a first-time diving press. Little did I know what I am about.

Bonaire Harbour village hummock

Bonaire Harbour village hummock

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Bonaire Diving Angelfish

Bonaire Diving Angelfish


Descending or rather clumsily clinging to the ladder down the rock ornamenting serene Village’s beach, hemmed into the gear twice my weight, I had a feeling there is not much choice as to let it drag me down to hit the winsome water as I couldn’t possibly make a step up anyway. Instantly weightless in the water, the gear still managed to produce a philosophical impetus on the subject of poor unfortunate human species’ thrall to the humongous machinery when attempting to invade the fishes’ turf, three times the humans’. Until crab Sebastian timely popped up in my head with “Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter Take it from meee.”

Iguana - Healthy Living Magazine

Iguana - Healthy Living Magazine

Once I ceased fighting equip and learned to breathe anew, the movie theater began the show. If there were powers behind the scene to move the most perverse, colorful and wretched, dainty, ethereal and ghostly critters to my sight, it was most elaborately wrought, right 20-30 yards off the coast, 60 feet down.

turtle

turtle

Mark was diligently scribbling names of celestial species on the small white board chained to his hand and showing me to touch some until I was tempted to pet the fish Brooke Shields got sick from in the Blue Lagoon, after which he had to put me on a short leash and would not allow me to go down to the shipwreck on the sea bottom. When at last my head surfaced I was astounded to know that I am still in front of the Harbour Village beach while I felt like reemerging from another planet.

Bonaire Dutch Antilles Diving

Bonaire Dutch Antilles Diving

Otherwordly surreality haunted long after, evincing the surface senseless, hollow and vain. A recollection of hearing the recurring story: “I came for a vacation from Holland (England, Australia, France, Venezuela) and decided to move here” followed by the unyielding crab songy: “We got no troubles Life is the bubbles Under the sea…”

Bonaire diving Klein Bonair

Bonaire diving Klein Bonair

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Sequentially Mark was soon taxed with taking me for a more serious adventure— diving off the boat at Kline Bonaire—an even smaller island enclaved with coral reefs, a versed divers’ reverie, and with a promise of diving with turtles. Despite many deft divers from the boat the bounteous 3D wilderness appeared not a jolt perplexed by the attention and only fast and furious in water, yes, turtles, raced us.

Bonaire Diving Fairy Basslet fish

Bonaire Diving Fairy Basslet fish

Flamingo Bonaire

Flamingo Bonaire

Mark demanded to take an exam under the water on the essential 10 words of sign language—well, you know—short in air, SOS, etc, concluding it with the 11th, waving his hand and pointing at me, upon which I stumbled, so he drew a mermaid. The crab down there laughed out of his wits, I bet.

 Bonaire diving Tigergrouper fish

Bonaire diving Tigergrouper fish

The many Bonaire attractions—another video game or Star Wars’ surreality—the kingdom- of-pink-flamingos-lake between the mountains, the salt plantation with attached slave cabins- a shrilling historical relic, the squad of blond tanned kite boarders on the southern cape, peachy windsurfers’ sails, the yearly, along with the Brazilian, 2-weeks long carnival— all fade in imposition of the immense underwater reality which pains to know about while cramped into the office, the city, the continent…

Kite Surfing Bonaire

Kite Surfing Bonaire










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