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Dive Travel: Bonaire

About Bonaire:

2 squidAs most of you know we love the island of Bonaire. For over 20 years we have been running trips to this “Diver’s Paradise” and divers have been coming back year after year. Bonaire’s pristine reefs and diverse marine life are unique to the Caribbean. The waters around Bonaire are home to more than 500 species of fish, as well as more than 120 kinds of coral. Because the waters around Bonaire are designated as an official marine park, diving Bonaire is like diving the Caribbean the way it use to be, untouched and unspoiled.  The island’s location in the south Caribbean gives it an arid climate with little rainfall; consequently, the waters are exceptionally clear, calm and diveable year round. Water temperatures average a warm 78-84 degrees and water visibility often averages over 100ft. Bonaire is an ideal destination for underwater photographers. Few destinations offer the photographic opportunities that you will find in Bonaire. With incredible visibility, abundant fish life and a healthy reef system, wide angle opportunities are naturally about. Divers and snorkelers alike can gaze in wonder as colorful creatures, large and small, feast on a reef that serves as an underwater banquet table.

About the DIVI Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino (This is our favorite place to stay!)

divi_flamingo_beach_resort_casino_0The studio units are located in a charming, sky- blue, gingerbread- style complex with a private pool. It offers guests two double beds with a queen sleeper sofa, fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator and coffee maker, and spacious screened porch. All studio units offer pool views. Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Hotel and Casino reflects the casual mood and rich natural beauty of Bonaire, with a modern and comfortable atmosphere. “Barefoot Elegance” is the theme of this resort, one of the island’s best! There are 150 rooms, each tastefully decorated in an island theme and each with a sheltered patio or balcony. All rooms are air-conditioned and have daily maid service.The Flamingo Beach Resort has 2 restaurants on the property. The Calabas Terrace is a beach-side restaurant open for breakfast and lunch daily. They have a wonderful made-to-order breakfast buffet and a delicious variety of food for lunch. Dinner is served at the Chibi Chibi restaurant a casual yet elegant over-the-water restaurant. Dinner requires reservations, so plan ahead. upclose turtleThe Player’s Bar is located next to the Flamingo Casino, and serves cocktails and light snacks until the early morning hours. There are many fine restaurants located within walking distance from the hotel.The Flamingo Casino is a great place to try your luck at various casino games. There is black jack, roulette, craps, and a good assortment of slot machines. You can also rent a car from the on-property rental agency or get pampered at the resort’s beauty salon.There are 2 swimming pools at the resort with plenty of lounge chairs to relax. Beach towels are provided in your rooms. The water in your rooms is safe to drink and the electricity is 110 volts. There are no hair dryers in the studio rooms and the dive shop has a charging station for video and camera equipment.

Group Leader: Bob Boyle

bonaire 3On every Undersea Divers trip, you have a group leader. They are there to help you with anything you need in order to make your vacation the best it can be. They will show you the best places to dive, snorkel, eat and play! Bob is THE BEST island guide when it comes to visiting Bonaire. He knows all of the staff at the Divi as well as many others around the island. He can show you the best dive sites, restaurants and recreational areas. Bob has visited the island of Bonaire 55 times! Bob was even recently deemed an Ambassador of Bonaire for his efforts in creating a rich diving culture and running trips to the island!

Upcoming Trips: Come dive with us!

April 13th – 20th, 2013    ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT!   April Trip Details & Rates

November 2nd – 9th, 2013  November Trip Details

Call (978-927-9551) or Email (dive@underseadivers.com)  us to register for a trip or for additional information. Happy Diving!

DEMA 2012

This years DEMA Show was held in Las Vegas. For those of you who don’t know what DEMA is, it stands for The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association. Every year DEMA hosts a show where the latest and greatest products are displayed from manufacturers around the world. This year I (Whitney) was sent to DEMA and I want to show you what I found!

XShot Fins featured in Orange & Black
Hot Shot Fin featured in Artic White
Impression Mask featured in Artic White

Since we are an Aqualung Dealer, it was my first stop once I hit the show floor. They have a new fin called the XShot which features a standard spring strap. They have also introduced a new mask called the Impression. This mask is unique because instead of the lens, skirt and frame all being snapped together, the Impression molds those pieces together which in return allows the mask to sit closer to your face which maximizes your field of vision. They have also changed the color schemes on a few items. The Hydroflex line of suits are now a royal blue which stands out and looks great. They are also offering the Impulse 3 snorkel and Hot Shot Fins in the Arctic White we all love to much.

AquaPod featuring DC1400 camera

My next stop was at SeaLife Cameras. Here I checked out the new Fish Eye Wide Angle Lens for their DC1400 series as well as their new AquaPod. The Fish Eye Lens is great for increasing the field of view in any photo. It’s simple to use and works for both still and video mode. The AquaPod is a pole attachment that mounts to your camera so you can take up close photos while still maintaining a comfortable distance between you and your subject. I see this product as a great way to capture a photo of a shy blenny without having to hover or damage the reef waiting for the little guy to pop out. Or turn the camera around on the pod and you are ready to take a self portrait!

Not only did I see great companies and products, but I met a lot of people who love what they do and will do anything to keep the SCUBA industry growing strong. My kind of people!

Happy Diving!