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    For the Record, some food places.....

    Pasa Bon Pizza - Located South Kralendiijk. Good home pizza, but not open every day and fills up fast.

    Between Two Buns - Located Sout Kralendiijk. Very good sandwich Shop.

    BobbieJan - Located South Kralendiijk. Many will say they have awesome BBQ. We tried them only once and I wasn't very impressed, but there are many great reviews of them.

    Captain Don's - Also, South. Oddly, we have never stayed at Captain Don's but typically eat there at least per trip. We've ordered off the menu and one time caught a buffet that was great.

    There use to be a place downtown called Casblanca's. I'm not sure if they are there anymore. I think I've heard that they have closed down. Anyway, in our earlier trips we would go their early in our week and order the big Sampler plate of beef, chicken, and pork. It was way more than any civilized person could eat in one sitting (or two). We would take the leftovers back to the room and have lunch and dinner for several days.

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    Spend some time exploring. One thing I enjoy is driving around Bonaire. We take a trip over the wild side to see the waves crashing, drive through Rencon several times (I think the same three guys are standing in same place every time we go). There are some cave writings to see on the wild side. They are not much, but left there from the ancient indians that once called Bonaire home.

    Driving is easy, but you do have to know that there is a one-way road going to the North. I believe the road turns to a one-way somewhere around the dive sites of Karpata and 1000 steps. Once you hit that point you have to drive through Rencon and around the island to get back to Kralendiijk. It's a nice drive, but if you are jonsing for diving, it can be along ride.

    I've mentioned the donkeys and iguanas in previous posts. This is not a joke. The island is inhabited by many donkeys and iguanas. As you are driving they will be in the road. Be prepared.

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    I am headed to Bonaire 5-12 Nov with SingleDivers.com. We are staying at Divi Flamingo and diving with Divi Divers. I love diving Bonaire and look forward to this trip with a great group. I will post a link to this thread in the SD forum.
    And on the eighth day, God said, "OK, Murphy, you take over"

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagel View Post
    Driving is easy, but you do have to know that there is a one-way road going to the North. I believe the road turns to a one-way somewhere around the dive sites of Karpata and 1000 steps. Once you hit that point you have to drive through Rencon and around the island to get back to Kralendiijk. It's a nice drive, but if you are jonsing for diving, it can be along ride.

    I've mentioned the donkeys and iguanas in previous posts. This is not a joke. The island is inhabited by many donkeys and iguanas. As you are driving they will be in the road. Be prepared.
    Donkeys, iguanas and goats! Daytime driving they are pretty obvious. Nighttime, not so much. Some of the donkeys and goats are very dark colored and blend right in. With no street lights it's wise to travel slowly and keep a close watch.
    Abandon all hope ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagel View Post
    Charon, we are just going to miss you. We are heading to Bonaire the 2nd week of December. I think we did this once before - you were leaving as we were arriving. I wanted to do 2 weeks this year, but others in my group couldn't swing it.

    We have stayed at the Sand Dollar several times and the Den Laman once. We are actually heading back to Den Laman on this trip. We always say we are going to look at renting a place off the beaten path, but never do. Both Sand Dollar and Den Laman have treated us good. The only reason we picked Den Laman this time is they have the rights to the pier at Bari Reef and we wanted to use the pier especially for our night dives. Sand Dollar cannot use the pier - kind of a pissing match between the two resorts and two Dive Shops (Dive Friends and Bonaire Dive and Adventure).
    I remember just missing you on my last trip.

    I always stay with Coco Palm. They treat me well and it's very inexpensive. It's just a block or two off the main road very near Bachelor's and Windsock (Belnam) and just a short hop to DFB's Port Bonaire location. Very convienent for tank pick up and all the southern sites.

    I tend to prefer the south because there seems to be more soft coral and more fish. It's away from the hustle and bustle (at least on cruise ship days) but close to groceries, gas, and downtown. I do like to dive Cliff and Tolo (Ol' Blue) to the north but I'm hitting 70 five days before I get there this time. !000 Steps, Oil Slick, and Karpata sound a bit too strenuous for this old body even back when I was 65.

    I'll probably do a ferry trip to Klein to do some snorkeling and maybe a boat trip with DFB just for giggles. Also thinking about doing the Lionfish Hunter course. I've been seriously disappointed after trips to two highly touted destinations that didn't come anywhere near living up to the hype. Bonaire has never disappointed so I'm probably going to be making yearly trips there and to Dominica till I can't dive anymore. Might as well do some ecological good while I'm underwater.
    Abandon all hope ...

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    My favorite thing to do in Bonaire is going down on the hooker!, but on another note, do they let you hunt Lionfish after taking this course?
    For current dive conditions go to http://www.midwestmuckdiving.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveC View Post
    My favorite thing to do in Bonaire is going down on the hooker!, but on another note, do they let you hunt Lionfish after taking this course?
    According to an email I just got from VIP diving (they give the course) - no. It's $150 for the course, then you have to pay for "guided Lionfish hunting dives" to hunt them. Sounds like a rip off to me. I won't be taking the course.
    Abandon all hope ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Yaskowich View Post
    I am headed to Bonaire 5-12 Nov with SingleDivers.com.
    Please tell Kamala and the rest PlatypusMan said hello.
    John Lewis--the PlatypusMan!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatypusMan View Post
    Please tell Kamala and the rest PlatypusMan said hello.
    Join the fun and tell her yourself. Still lots of room.
    And on the eighth day, God said, "OK, Murphy, you take over"

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    Who has stayed at the Divi Flamingo? What's the Good and Bad?

    We've ate at the restaurant there and it wasn't bad....nothing to write home about, but not bad.

    We did go to the Casino once....several years back and it was a joke. Lot's of slot machines that were probably thrown out somewhere and somebody picked them up and somehow made them work. We spent about 1/2 an hour there and between 4 of us nobody hit a single thing...pretty much have fun pumping money into a machine because that is all you were gettin'.

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