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Posted by Rick Coleman on January 01, 2008 at 22:45:26:

My wife Susie and I just returned from a week in Bonaire, December 22 – 30th. It was our 2nd trip to Bonaire this year as we also went for two weeks in July. We stay in a condo, rent a pickup truck and do all beach dives. What we love about Bonaire is that the diving is very easy and you can do everything on your own at your pace. You can simply grab tanks, throw them in the pickup and head out to whatever dive sites suite you that day. Here’s a picture of us parked at dive site:

The weather is typically warm and sunny with puffy clouds, like in the picture. Here’s some of our shots form last week and I also added some pics from our trip in July.

This is one of the pictures from the trip that got me most excited. As I approached this Red Reef Hermit Crab I was concerned that she would retreat into her shell and a photo opportunity would be lost, but instead she pushed up on her front legs, and looked like she was going to completely come out of the shell, exposing all her little ones:

Trumpet Fish

Redlip Blenny:

Schooled Up:

Peacock Flounder:

Tube Anemone:

Juvenile Spotted Drum:

My Friends call me Feng:

Jack Portrait:

Bearded Fireworm:

Basket Star:

Basket Star Shrimp:

Red Hind:

Parrotfish:

Juvenile Trunkfish:

File Fish:

File Fish #2:

Rocky Road – Sleeping Puffer on a tube sponge:

Spotted Spiny Lobster:

Yellowtail Snapper:

Lettuce Sea Slug:

Running in Circles:

Batwing Coral Crab:

Scallop:

Jawfish and a Worm:

Well Rounded:

Three Amigos:

Peppermint Goby macro:

Soapfish:

Highly Decorated Decorator Crab:

Another One:

Parrotfish:

I wonder why I wake up every morning with a sore forehead?

Never Been Kissed:

Other than the lettuce sea slug, this is the first nudi we’ve found in Bonaire

Coral Polyps:

Sponge Brittle Bob:

Caribbean Reed Octopus:

Stretch Armstrong:

Hawksbill Turtle:

Queen Angelfish:

Spotfin Butterflyfish:

French Angelfish:

Ahh, that’s the spot:

Chain Morey:

Here’s some of Susie’s shots from last week:

Tear Drop Crab:

Purple Tube Anemone Seascape:

Chin Rest:

Orange elephant ear:

Please Clean Me:

Christmas Tree Worm super macro:

Bearded Fireworm super macro:

Hermit Crab:

Blenny:

Another Blenny:

Cleaner Shrimp:

Susie saw this one catch a worm and start eating it:

Angel City Dive site:

Andrea I Dive site with me in the background:

Here are some shots from our trip last July:

My Home is my Castle:

Goldentail Morey:

Parrotfish being cleaned:

Stupid Eye Trick:

Spotted Trunkfish

Seahorse Portrait:

Colorful Bedroom:

Mountain Road:

Green Sea Turtle:

Cleaner:

Double the Fun:

The Big Purple House:

Froggy under the Christmas Tree:

Squid From Torey’s Reef:

Nighttime Squid:

Bonaire Mantis Shrimp – rare find:

Home Sweet Home:

Free Swimming Fireworm:

Rising Sun:

Seascape by Susie:

Bonaire Sunset:


Now it’s back to California Diving…



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