After dropping our bags and checking in, for the next two and half hours we queued, went through security and walked to gate, no shopping, no passing GO, just queueing.
And then a two hour sit on the plane because the doors closed and we had 'missing' passengers... but guess what the bags were on the plane. So a bag(s) search commenced, it went on and on. but eventually we pushed back and were airborne
First stop was at Schiphol at Amsterdam for now what was a four hour layover... boarded another flight to Bonaire via Aruba. Yeah finally on holiday
Picked up at the airport and arrived in resort - Buddys Dive Resort. Logistics all worked (well with the exception of late takeoffs and airport queues).. but we had arrived and the holiday could start.
Day 1 was about orientation at the Dive Centre (Buddy's Dive Centre), pickup the trucks, complete the mandatory first dive on the house reef (Buddy's House Reef) and then we went for a drive, found a supermarket bought some stuff and now we were properly settled in.
Shore diving in Bonaire is relatively simple as we had been given a dive map of the island and had our own detailed reference guides. So we had a little list of sites we wanted to dive along with a few underworld creatures we wanted to find.
All we had to do was find the yellow stones that marked the dive sites
If you pulled into a site and there were to many cars, you pull out and go to another site. If the boat is in at the Salt Pier you go another day. It really is that simple
The roads to drive on are not bad, you generally see the holes before you 'hit' them. Entrances vary but as shore entrances go relatively straight forward.
Maybe a new PADI Speciality is required ... The PADI Flip Flop Speciality
Whilst waiting for the Ostracods to start mating you can experience bioluminescence from another marine creature, called Dinoflagellates. These are mostly seen around the new moon phase.. clap your hands underwater or just quickly move your hands and you get to see something that looks like fairy dust. And then the light show we had come for... the Ostracods swimming in a vertical line towards the surface whilst flashing and signaling the females
That dive will live in my memory for a very long time, so glad we did this. Get the chance go, you will not be disappointed.