A Fantastic Day of Snorkelling
25.02.2015 - 25.02.2015 30 °C
KLiEIN BONAIRE ON THE WOODWIND
We are picked up at 9:30 and by 10:00 are on our way to Klein Bonaire on the Woodwind, a 30 foot sailing catamaran. Klein Bonaire is a small Island about two kilometres off shore. It was spared damage from the two big storms so, so the coral is still intact and flourishing. It is almost swimable with our snorkel gear but we wisely decide to go over in style. The day begins with an hour trip to the west tip of Klein, 3 stops for snorkelling, lunch and a return around 4:00 pm. After yesterday's disappointing snorkel we have higher hopes. There is a strong wind and we tuck in around the back and drift snorkel with the current for an hour or so passing 3 dive sites. The visibility is good and we swim along the drop off witnessing a wonderland of coral and fish. Then we head around the south east side for a second snorkel in more shallow depths with fantastic fans and elk horn corals and schools of fishes. The wind is very strong but only a few of the whitecaps break over our snorkel vent. Our last drift is with the turtles and the current is so strong we get swept along quickly. We see turtles at all three sites, but most on the last drift. Finally the Woodwind puts itself in position so we can grab onto a rope trailing behind it and pull ourselves up over its back end and climb aboard. Our smiles are as wide as can be. A fantastic day out. The snorkelling is as good as it gets, equal to the coral gardens in Tonga, the reefs of Belize, and equal to but different than Isla Coiba. There are more fish and big sea animals (sharks, rays, tuna) on Coiba, but much more variety of corals here on Kleine Bonaire, and the drop off is much more dramatic. The crew on the Woodwind are top notch. Good equipment for those who needed it, including googles with different lens for those who wear glasses. Lots of juice, water, beer, snacks and after 4 hours of snorkelling, we are treated to a wonderful lunch on our return to the big Island of Bonaire. A little waterlogged after all that time in the ocean, and a little more scorched from the sun, but a day that ranks up there with them all.
Here are a couple of videos from my Go Pro.