Greetings From Bonaire
28 December 2006
Greetings from Bonaire! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We arrived in Bonaire December 20th after spending about 3 weeks cruising Venezuela's off shore islands. The islands were Tortuga (Turtle), Los Roques (The Rocks) and The Aves (The Birds). We had a wonderful time exploring, fishing, snorkeling, relaxing and catching up on some much needed rest after our busy time in Puerto La Cruz. We had planned on cruising with several other boats but as it turned out we needed to order parts for our watermaker and stayed in the marina another week longer. The gang went ahead without us so we traveled those 3 weeks by ourselves, except we did meet a few new folks along the way.
Now that we are in Bonaire we have caught up with everyone. There are about 40 other sailboats moored in the harbor. We celebrated Christmas Eve on a friend's catamaran singing Christmas Carol's and, Christmas night was spent indulging at one of the local buffets! Santa managed a trip down island too but he arrived on a dolphin, as his sleigh and reindeer are not outfitted for this extreme climate!
Bonaire is known as the diving capital of the Caribbean. The waters surrounding Bonaire are a protected marine park and the diving and snorkeling is absolutely outstanding. We plan to stay here through the New Year Celebrations and then look for a window to move onto the next island, which is Curacao. It is only about 30 miles away but the "Christmas Winds" are kicking up a mightily blow at a gusty 20-25 knots making the seas too big to travel on.
We will keep you posted as we move west. Happy 2007 and we wish everyone a Very Prosperous New Year!