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CaptainJack
06-05-2010, 12:13 PM
Here are some pics from a Feb 2010 diving trip to Bonaire, a small Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela. Water is warm and clear . Itís a hassle getting there with multiple plane connections. More than once we have had to spend a night sleeping on an air terminal floor waiting for the next days connection. But its worth it.

Pics are from my wife and I, who both use some very basic older digital cameras in waterproof cases. A couple of shots are from other divers. Results are pretty good in the shallows where there is good natural light. Deeper water acts like a huge filter for sunlight and things become much more challenging with only simple equipment.


Our base of operations in Bonaire was a funky old Inn on the shore. Some of the best diving on the island is within a few hundred feet of the end of its pier. On the right is the outdoor kitchen/common area where we cook most of our meals and hang out with the other divers and tropical expatriates.
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http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/blackdurgon1.jpg


Moray eel
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/MOREYEEL1.jpg

Young barracuda
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/MISC7.jpg

Loggerhead Turtle
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/TURTLE2.jpg


Spider crab inside soft coral
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/SPIDERCRAB1.jpg

Night shot of a 7 foot Tarpon. Tarpon frequently hang around with night divers. The beam of the divers lights helps them hunt other fish
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/TARPONNIGHT1.jpg

Night shot, sleeping blowfish
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/FISHMISC3.jpg

Angel fish
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/MISC12.jpg

School of small fish
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/MISC78jpg.jpg



Jelly Fish

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/JELLYFISH1.jpg



Wreck of a 250 foot ship that had been used to smuggle marijuana.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/wreck104-1.jpg




My Wife and I down 110 feet or so at the ships propeller
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/WRECK102.jpg


Ships wheel
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/WRECK101.jpg

Starboard side from the bow
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/WRECK100.jpg


Interior
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i220/CaptainJack_2006/Mt%20Tom/Bonaire%202010/wreck303.jpg

Itís dangerous to go inside a wreck without special training. The smallest movement of your fins or the air coming out of your regulator stirs up tons of silt. In seconds it can go from crystal clear to zero visibility.