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    What’s with this?

    Hate to say you are correct BUT the island and the diving will make up for the rigamarole to get there. We were turned away at the Delta gate in PHL 10/2, PCR from 9/30 hadnt come back, we had quick antigen (negative), planned on using the ATL quick test facility to get the PCR as we had a 3+...
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    Good family hotel with house reef?

    Just back from trip # 15 @ Buddy. Would recomend it as it meets your criteria - lovely pools, great breakfast options (eggs to order! Pasteries! Bacon! COFFEE!!), excellent instructors who have been there a long time. Awesome house reef, I would say the house reef had more sealife than some...
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    Covid surging in Bonaire

    Yep, that was why I'm posting between my tears. Found out PHL DOES have the rapid PCR test, however only opens at 0730, so wouldn't have made the 0530 flight. Had I known about that option, we would've gotten the test at the airport in advance. I've used the same lab for 2 trips earlier this...
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    Covid surging in Bonaire

    Should be enroute. 😥 Currently sitting in PHL as Delta WOULD NOT let us board without a negative PCR test result in hand. Don’t know if all departure points and or all airlines are so stringent but Delta is checking that every i is dotted and t is crossed. Had my Bonaire Health declaration...
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    Shore diving the east side

    No thanks to that Boka Omina giant stride. Another Bas Tol fan. His brief is very thorough, including precise instructions on riding the surge back in, following him through the cut, etc. I'm glad I listened. Saw some different critters. My buddy did the East side when Larry ran his RIB...
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    2022 Bonaire Roll Call

    Just Us Divers (Lin & Tim) are back March 12 - 26, 2022. Hoping to be joined by The Joes (Joe Sr & Jr) for at least a week. Buddy Dive UGGGHHHH - hoping to be there Saturday - 10/2 PCR nasal swabs sent off this morning (48 hrs) but hear testing is backing up to 48-72 hrs due to mutations.
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    Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

    My drowning story is almost exactly like Dans, I was 4, off the aluminum decking around an above ground pool. 55 years later remember laying there looking up through the water and seeing my dad's arm lean down and grab me up almost immediately. My mother never learned to swim and she kept eagle...
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    Help Needed - St Thomas, St John Dive Site Recommendations

    Hi George - Worked on St T for a year and tried to dive as much as possible. Almost all boat, save a couple shore from Coki > can't really recomend that. Best diving near St T is out at French Cap, weather often not cooperative, it's a bit of a haul and as it's deeper (90+ foot) shop would...
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    Buddy Dive Orientation

    Funny you say that. I flew to Hawaii in May. Long haul coming from East Coast. They feed you on a long flight, everyone takes off their masks to eat and drink. Not to be gross, but breathing, spittle, chewing, etc. I thought 'so much for all that masking, socially distancing, etc. '
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    Buddy Dive Orientation

    LOL, will keep an eye out. Yep - packed the KN95's, I'm sure we will be whippin out the hand sanitizer and wiping the seats/bulkhead/tray tables/back of seat with Lysol wipes. Which is never really a BAD idea. PM sent George and Matt.
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    Buddy Dive Orientation

    There is only 1 Delta flight, so if youse guys are on it, we are arriving together. Depending on number of guests there may be more than 1 transfer bus to the resort. It's 'Just Us' as well - my better half and myself. We will be joined in ATL by another couple, met about 12 years ago at...
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    Buddy Dive Orientation

    Yep, Sat orientation and you can jump in anytime though we wait till next day. I am usually drained - physically, mentally and emotionally arrival day. My buddy is usually up for dive, but 'Team' rules the day. And no way is my shakedown dive going to be a night dive. I usually like to...
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    Coasties discover two drifters - Coki Point, St. Thomas

    Coki is subject to some wicked current. Especially as you get nearer the point. You can move 5 feet and be totally out of it. Not the first time this has occurred. I used guides when I was there, would not want to navigate it without one, also because I was solo traveller.
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    Electrical outlets

    Always travel with a good surge protected power strip w/ fairly long cord. Long time biz traveler and it's my secret power (literally). When we dive travel there are almost always multiple devices to plug in, charge, etc. > 1 still camera, 2 GoPro's, 2 cell phones, 3 laptops (trying to leave...
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    Trip Report Captain Don’s Habitat Sept 4th - Sept 11th

    Exciting they tore down the bungalows. They were aging, my other half had the ceiling fall in one trip. We learned to play the game and if a reservation 5 minutes in advance counts, we will make a reservation. Totally with you - first night I just want food close by, a beverage and a bed...
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    Happy Holiday Homes-Villa Sunset Marina

    If cost is an important factor throw Bruce Bowkers Carib Inn to the mix. Waterfront and walkable location. Studio at Den Laman shows starting at $87 plus a discount for last minute bookings. I popped in 10/9 to 10/16 $738, includes the Tourist tax. We've found lodging expenses can be offset...
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    Trip Report Captain Don’s Habitat Sept 4th - Sept 11th

    We've learned to just make reservations everywhere after one of those kind of experiences. Showed up at Lions Den (now Ingridients) first day, about 5:45, EMPTY. First question > "Do you have a reservation?" got a small table by the kitchen, with reservations we get waterfront.
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    Covid surging in Bonaire

    Wheels up 1 month. Can almost taste the Gios.
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    Wonderful experience at Buddy Dive

    Bring a surge protector for 2 reasons - 1 surge. 2 multiple outlets. Sometimes I need multiple battery charges, laptop, phone, ipad.........
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    Aloha from Hawaii

    Welcome! Had the opportunity to visit Oahu in May, only got to dive 1 day. (Was playing sherpa for elderly parents) beautiful, look forward to a return dive-dedicated trip.
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