|By richelle_eric_inOK (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:54 am:|
Hello, have been searching the subjects and posts for information on using a diver down flag while snorkeling. We have one and have taken it to Maui, Florida, St. Thomas and Grand Cayman. I can't find any searches even on google where anyone talks about using one on Bonaire. My gut tells me to haul it down to Bonaire, but if most snorkel sites are protected is there no threat of boats? The only reason we might not take it is to save space in our bag...if no one uses one there. Your advice is appreciated. We leave on Friday May 21st. Can't wait.
|By Jerry (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #26321) on Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:10 pm:|
Not needed on Bon Richelle. Sun screen, bug spray, sunglasses and a hat. Have a ball.
|By Vince DePietro-www.bonairebeachcondo.com (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2979) on Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:52 pm:|
Richelle..there's was one left in our dive storage locker for the last 6 months,. When I was down in Feb I threw it in the garbage (which on Bonaire is where it belongs)..Leave it at home.
|By Chris (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #224) on Monday, May 3, 2010 - 1:33 pm:|
I would bring a skin or shorty, too.
|By Glen Reem (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3216) on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 12:48 am:|
Another thing to think about also is that the red-and-white 'dive flag' that is used in the US is not recognized internationally! The international dive flag is blue and white. Thus a red-and-white flag on a small float may be even more of 'boat target' on Bonaire than it is in the US. So, leave it at home. (The kite boarders down south have been said to use any flag in the water as a pylon.) :-)
|By Susan Hopkins (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 5:42 pm:|
We are staying at Pelican Reef Beach House, which is very close to the marina. Should I be concerned about snorkeling in the general area?
|By Chris (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #230) on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 5:56 pm:|
There are boat moorings and general boat areas, the snorkel areas are in general away from these places. People swim laps along Playa Lecchi, but they have to be extra careful with dive boats picking up people at the piers. I think there are better and safer snorkel places on Bonaire. Bari Reef in the N and Windsock in the S, the Plaza house Reef 18th Palm is close by, too.
|By Julia Graves (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1550) on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 2:30 am:|
Hi Sue. The boats from the marina do not really pass Pelican and the public mooring stops one house short of pelican. You will not have a problem and will be able to see the squid and the two blue parrot fish without being bothered.
|By Susan Hopkins (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:31 pm:|
|By Susan Hopkins (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 2:31 pm:|
Julia, I forgot my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|By richelle_eric_inOK (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 8:12 pm:|
|By Glen Reem (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3217) on Friday, May 7, 2010 - 4:24 am:|
The red and white 'dive flag' was an invention of the US dive industry or divers and at least at one time was used only by US divers. So the failure to coordinate was by our dive industry. :–)
|By Rene blokzijl (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 3:41 pm:|
There are no rules for boats, i was run over by à diversboat at fulltime speed, in THE light blue water, at à diversspot.
|By Chris (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #343) on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 3:53 pm:|
Rene, you lived to report, thank god! I hope you are ok and do not have any longterm disabilities. As a snorkeler I would want to know , what could you have done to prevent this accident?
|By GlassFloat (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #9) on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 4:45 pm:|
Whenever I hear a boat engine while I'm snorkeling, I pop my head up and have a good look around just to see where they are and where they're headed. Even better if I can tell they've seen me.
|By Rene blokzijl (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 4:56 pm:|
When à boat with two engins is going at full speed you cant hear THE boat, THE sound will become to high to hear, i have been snorkeling and diving all my life and yes whenever i heard à boat i always looked up i have been always aware of THE danger. When you hear à enginesound of à boat i always looked up to see where hè was going.
|By Glen Reem (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3273) on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 12:28 pm:|
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