Squids, Seahorse, Turtles and a Octopus

My apologies for lacking in the blogging department, but we have been so busy. We are holding strong at 3 dives a day, but the wear and tear are starting to show on our bodies. It is well worth it because we have seen some of the coolest creatures to be found in Bonaire

Finding a seahorse in Bonaire is a treat. Their locations are kept secret because of their rarity. None of the locals will tell you where to find them. With a little scubaab charm and some dutch, one of them gave up a location. On a night dive we found it in a cave shaped coral. On to the next expedition to find some sea turtles. 

The majority of the sea turtle population on Bonaire is on the east coast. We had to take a specialy designed boat through some rough surf to go and find the turtles, and we sure did. A field of sleeping turtles! After a sea turtle has finished eating, it goes to the surface and takes one deep breath of air and finds a place on the bottom to go to sleep. They can remain there for 4 hours.

On another occasion we ran into a group of six squids during one of our dives. When they saw us,  they split into 3 groups of two. They did not really flee, they just made us swim in circles. Ten minutes later we were so exhausted that we barely made it out of the water. I bet the squids high five each other,  making those dumb humans swim in circles.

Finally, on our last night dive, we encountered the cutest octopus. It was hunting and in the beginning did not mind us being there. After about 5 minutes it had enough of the lights and the cameras and found a hole to crawl into.


Divining, off roading and a possible shortcut....

Our first day of diving started with the house reef at Buddy Dive. As it is customary you need to do a orientation on how the system works, where to find your tanks and some more information and out boat dives and other stuff. But as we did that last year we used that knowledge  to get out of the briefing and get diving.  It was a great way to start off our holiday. The house reef is as beautiful as I remember.

With our wet suits still dripping wet we got into our rental car and hit the road. We drove the car over a narrow road to a dive site called Karpata. Before the dive we got a quick geocache in, our first one in Bonaire. In the parking lot of the dive site we were surrounded by iguanas.  They were so used to getting food that they would try to bite your toes if you did not feed them. But with our wetsuit boots  on our toes were safe.

 

Karpata is a great dive site. It was well worth the perils of iguanas and narrow roads. We did an hour long dive and we're ready to hit the road to the next dive site called a 1000 steps. Remember the narrow  road I was talking about. It turned out it was about one way road. 

The only option was to take a drive around  half the island to return to the 1000 steps site only 2 km away. But Carrie Kurk felt brave and decided to follow a little line on the map  that was sure to be a short cut. For those that follow in our footsteps don't do it. Soon we were in the middle of nowhere on a goat path. Carrie and  I stopped to exchange  some words in front of the only house in miles. A man came out of the house with a big smile. He must have seen many more couples in the same predicament.  He told us to drive on very carefully for 12 more minutes and we would hit a normal paved  road again. It turned out that it was a short cut after all.

Iguanas  trying to steal Carries gear

Iguanas  trying to steal Carries gear

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Waiting some more.....

Since my last post we had some interesting adventures. Our flight from Vancouver to Seattle was 50 minutes late. When we finally  stopped  at the gate in Seattle our flight to Houston was halfway done boarding.  

We walked off one plane and on to another. No idea if our luggage made it on the flight. Luckily I had bought this new gadget called trackdot.com. When your plane lands it sends you a message that your luggage arrived with you. So when we landed in Houston the worrying was over as I received the good news, your luggage is in Houston. 

So now we are waiting in comfort in the United Lounge  for about 8 hours before our final lagg of the trip to Bonaire. 

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Waiting for a plane

So this is the first post of our Bonaire 2014 trip out of many. Waiting at an airport is always an exciting experience,  and at the same time the most boring thing you can ever do. 

Carrie and I find our self in the YVR Vancouver airport to go to Seattle. The end goal  is  Bonaire. But that is many more flights and hours away. Plus as usual the flight has been delayed by 50 minutes.

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