| Bonaire - November 2002
As the planned trip to Bali was cancelled shortly after the bomb attack to Kuta, the team of Dive-In offered an alternative trip to Bonaire.
(Detailed Bonaire Map here)
I wanted to go to either Aruba or Curaçao with a friend before, but I only
made it so far that I bought the travel guide. So I was pleased to hear and read about Bonaire.
The island can be reached from europe with KLM-airlines from Amsterdam/Netherlands within 10-11 hours. The flight was ok, but I never manage to fall asleep so I enjoyed "Men-In-Black 2" and "Bend it like Beckham", two not bad movies.
Landing at the Flamingo International Airport is like landing on any small tropical airport, probably comparable to Male or Hurghada. Check-out and customs was no problem, only the time we arrived (~4am) was bad but everyone could sleep the next morning.
We had rented three pickup trucks for our group of nine people, the trucks transporting our diving equipment throughout the island for the following fifteen days. The apartments lay just north of the Kralendjik city, a bit too far to walk, but nicely at the ocean and very clean. The apparments of Hamlet Oasis offer a small central pool for the first checkdive ;-) and one local divesite called "Cliff" which is astoundingly beautiful.
Enjoy the pictures !