|By Jacki (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 2:10 am:|
We are coming to Bonaira in Mid May '10, and we intend to return to the island for a land vacation next Jan. or Feb.
|By Freddie.....I want warm weather again... (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13920) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 6:11 am:|
Hi Jacki, welcome to Bonaire talk.
|By Freddie.....I want warm weather again... (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13921) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 6:12 am:|
BTW it is better to be a little warmer under the water so I would surely go with the heavier suit
|By Bob Smits (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #828) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 6:59 am:|
|By *Skipper Tink* (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2323) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:14 am:|
Hi Jacki, welcome to BT
|By Nancy Klune (BonaireTalker - Post #45) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:47 am:|
Can't help with the suit but Academy Sporting Good store has some nice quality water shoes. I think they were $22. Much better than the ones I bought at Wal Mart a couple of years ago.
|By Jacki (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:42 am:|
Thanks to all for your replies. So Sorry, I should have mentioned that we'll be snorkeling not diving. I don't need an Epie pin when stung. But if I got stung numerous times, I might. You're right, I should probably bring one. The area where I'm stung swells up to about 10 times the size of what a "normal" person would experience. I thought there might be some restroom facilities at some of the beaches, not businesses. If restroom facitities aren't avaialbe I find a secluded patch of bushes and relieve myself. I didn't know how difficult that would be wearing a wet suit. I'll check into the skin, and see if I can find a plus size. That might be a better choice this trip. I'm happy to hear it will protect me from stings. I can buy the wetsuit for the Jan. trip. I can also look on Bonaire while we're there. I don't know the size selection the shops have. We're only there 1 day this time. I would rather be in the water than trying on wetsuits! However, we do want to set asaide some time for shopping. You gave some great ideas about water/tennis shoes too. Thanks again. You all are great!
|By Eric M. "CamMan" (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #374) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:38 pm:|
|By Gord Alder (Owner Seaside unit 101) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #165) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:52 pm:|
Jacki, Just wanted to let you know that a friend was on Bonaire in January and was stung by a box Jelly near the shore. She is very allergic to bee stings, and caries the Epie pen. Her sting was on the ankle is 2 inches of water and she was fine. It stung for a while, but she was back to normal in a few hours and she didn't need to use her pen.
|By Freddie.....I want warm weather again... (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13924) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:55 pm:|
Jacki you might think wetting in your wet suit terrible but when you see the BRIARS in the bushes you will think again... watch out walking off the paths as the spines can go right through even thick soled shoes..and you don't want to scare any iguanas or lizards LOL
|By *Skipper Tink* (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2328) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 1:34 pm:|
Jacki, just read about the snorkeling. A skin or the 1mm should be fine and have enough stretch to get in and out of easily. I'd also go with Freddie on the briar patch...plus, there is a tree on bon that looks pretty but will give you the most horrible rash. I'm sure someone will remember the name and maybe post a picture
|By Beck-ee - gets a furnace, not a vacation (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2559) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 2:31 pm:|
Jacki - I would definitely go for the full arm/full leg suit. 1mm or even a 0.5mm full suit will keep away the stingy thingy's I wear a full length 0.5mm when diving on Bonaire, and add a beanie when I get colder. You should be fine snorkeling.
|By Jennifer Parmley (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #108) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 2:32 pm:|
Jacki my mom and I snorkel and we bought swim pants and jackets from Coolibar.com. They have sun protection in them and are easy to get on and off. They also protect you from the stingy things. I got stung two years ago in the Mangroves by jellyfish larvae. (I wasn't wearing my swim pants) It didn't bother me until I got on the airplane and then became very red and itchy. I ended up in the emergency room the day after I got home. The doctor said the saltwater probably kept it from bothering me too much but then once I was out of it for a day it flared up. Now I wear the pants and jacket everytime I go in the water. They work really well and come in plus sizes.
|By *Skipper Tink* (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2330) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 4:24 pm:|
Becky, you took the words right out of my mouth....LOL!
|By Andy & Dave Bartlett (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1139) on Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 2:57 am:|
My 2 cents worth. I have arthritis also especially in my shoulder area and I have found that back zip skins/wet suits are easier for me to get on and off.
|By bob fraser (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #170) on Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 9:25 am:|
Well Andy&Dave just to show the contradictory nature of experience, I have a rotator cuff issue and find the front zip much easier to get on and off. I have both and do use both but back zip I need some assistance with. The front zip also isn't as thick.
|By Runrx (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:07 am:|
does anyone know the difference between a henderson dive skin and a neosport (by henderson) dive skin? I want to buy one before we come next week-- for snorkeling. They are about $20 difference in price so there must be some difference in the fabric. Any ideas??
|By *****Patrick with sharks on Bonaire***** (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #4778) on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:27 am:|
top of the line
|By John Gerty (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:18 pm:|
Late to the post, but here's a website for a company selling whitewater gear. They have skin suits in separate tops and bottoms:
|By Grunt (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1097) on Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 7:17 pm:|
Do not expect to find bathroom facilities on Bonaire beaches.
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