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.