Dive Friends Bonaire Quarterly News Letter

News Splash May 2017

Hello once again to all our Dive Friends! We have had a great spring season with lots of changes to report.

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Hello once again to all our Dive Friends! We have had a great spring season with lots of changes to report. But first, we have lots of great sightings to report.

Once again Mantas were spotted at several dive sites along the west coast of Bonaire including on our Dive Inn and Sand Dollar house reefs. Many of our divers were lucky enough to see them. We have also had a lot of turtle sightings recently (yes, even more than normal!) as turtle breeding season is just beginning. In particular, Loggerhead nesting season has started so a lot of large adult Loggerhead turtles have been spotted around the island. Some large adult Green and Hawksbill turtles are starting to arrive but we expect to see more of them in June when their nesting seasons begins. You can learn more about sea turtles and how to identify the different species with our Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty. On top of that, the batfish has been spotted on and off at Yellow Submarine, and Hamlet has had several resident frog fish over the past few months. We love to share your favourite diving photos from Bonaire so feel free to e-mail them to info@divefriendsbonaire.com and like our Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest sightings.

Test your Turtle knowledge!

Do you know what type of turtles these are? Thanks Davy Lepsi for the great photos.

The BIG news!

In February, we finally completed all the renovations at Dive Friends @ Port Bonaire and it looks great! We have also finished moving into our new, larger location at Dive Friends @ Sand Dollar (read more below). We are now filling both air and nitrox at Sand Dollar for shores divers and we can also offer daily boat dives. Furthermore, within a few short weeks we will be opening our 6th dive location on Bonaire at the Courtyard by Marriott! Stay tuned for more information.

Working in the diving industry allows you to travel the world. However, this means that we often have to say good-bye to some of our favourite colleagues but it provides an opportunity to gain new friends. First off, we were very sad to see our General Manager Carolyn leave us in March. She is still on the island and she is working on new and exciting adventures. Pascal has since returned to manage the company. Devin also left at the end of April. He will first travel home to visit his family and then move to Mexico for work. Jeffrey will be replacing him as the location manager at Dive Inn. Gift will be leaving Port Bonaire to become the new location manager for Courtyard by Marriott. We also said good-bye to our instructor Edward, who returned to the Netherlands, and our Dive Master Oscar, who moved to Curacao.

It is not all sad news however, as we would also like to welcome several new crew to our team. Welcome to front desk assistant Joan at Sand Dollar, instructors Tim and Travis at Yellow Submarine and boat captain Larry.

Big congratulations are in order for our new PADI Dive Masters Matt and Jack. Way to go guys! They will soon be followed but Zack, Sarah and Veer! And of course we also have to congratulate our newest PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Luis. Well done!

Don’t miss Bonaire Dive Week happening on May 14th to 19th. They have lots of great activities planned, including a clean-up dive on the afternoon of May 18th. The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire Underwater Clean-up Dive is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th, 2017. Of course, if you won’t be here then, you can always help us to clean-up our coast line and receive a free drink for your effort as part of the Debris Free Bonaire program. This is a great activity for your last day when you can’t dive before your flight. Read more here http://www.debrisfreebonaire.com/

Officially high season is over but that doesn’t mean things slow down at Dive Friends. We are gearing up for a busy and exciting summer! Hope to see you all again soon!

Written by Jesika