Snorkeling, Eating, Chillaxing

For the last three days in Bonaire, we’ve been, as the title suggests, chillaxing (calming down and relaxing, according to the Miriam-Webster dictionary). I did undertake one ambitious activity. On Wednesday morning, I joined a group of ten other divers at Dive Friends and took a boat trip to the northern end of the island for a two-tank dive. As expected, the water was very clear, the coral was beautiful, and the sea creatures were abundant. A video will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, here are a few photos I snapped quickly near the end of the dive.

Parrotfish

Parrotfish

Parrotfish

Parrotfish

Trumpetfish

Trumpetfish

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One constant aboard Beatitude in Bonaire has been an afternoon snorkel just off our stern. How blessed we are to be able to step off the back of our boat and float in this refreshing, 82°, crystal clear water. The western side of the island is fringed with a very narrow ring of light blue water which sits above a sandy bottom 20-30 feet below. Then, there is an abrupt drop-off into the abyss. Coral lines this area of the drop-off. Our boat is moored on this sandy shelf and the stern sits just over the decline. We’ve seen all sorts of fish behind the boat. The highlights were probably a spotted-eagle ray and a huge tuna which sped by us on Thursday. He’s been leaping out of the water everyday chasing schools of baitfish nearby.

Cindy snorkeling off the back of the boat.  Beatitude seen in background.

Cindy snorkeling off the back of the boat. Beatitude seen in background.

Wednesday evening, we were privileged to have the company of the crew of Someday, Zim and Kim, with us for dinner. Cindy made her lip-smacking lasagna, and I made a rum cake for dessert. We’ve really enjoyed the time we’ve spent with them since our joint voyage from Grenada. They’re a great couple who loves this cruising life as much as we do.

The table set for our dinner guests

The table set for our dinner guests

Otherwise, we’ve been doing a little shopping in town, ate meals at local restaurants, made a trip to the grocery store, and relaxed in our floating home. Thursday, I did perform a little work. We walked up to the local NAPA auto parts store for a new starter battery for the outboard on our dinghy. The old one had seen its better days.

Replacing the 15 hp Yamaha starting battery

Replacing the 15 hp Yamaha starting battery

Harbour Village Marina, which oversees the moorings.  Here we paid for our mooring ($10/day), dropped off our trash, and dropped off our laundry which was washed and dried and returned to us two days later.

Harbour Village Marina, which oversees the moorings. Here we paid for our mooring ($10/day), dropped off our trash, and dropped off our laundry which was washed and dried and returned to us two days later.

Friday will be our last day in Bonaire. We’ll need to check out of the country at some point during the day. Bright and early on Saturday, we’ll release the moorings and sail westward to Curacao.

Posing with the fry guy outside Wattaburger.

Posing with the fry guy outside Wattaburger.

By they way… As of last week, we’ve officially been cruising for 2 years! We bought Beatitude in August of 2012, and we started cruising full-time on August 11, 2014. The time has truly flown by. We look to the future in eager anticipation of the many places we will explore and the many adventures we will have as we continue our tour of God’s great earth.

Pelicans have returned.  We saw many in Florida, but few in the Bahamas and Caribbean until we've gotten to the southern Caribbean.  This guy sits at the dinghy dock.

Pelicans have returned. We saw many in Florida, but few in the Bahamas and Caribbean until we’ve gotten to the southern Caribbean. This guy sits at the dinghy dock.

4 thoughts on “Snorkeling, Eating, Chillaxing

  1. I am in awe at your travels. I am living vicariously through you and your adventures. Keep em coming Cindy. I enjoy it immensely. Thanks for sharing.

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