Yo yo, my THIH homies!
Yes, I realize that I was gone for over a week and a half. Why? Perhaps you were wondering why, in my last post, I was gazing at pictures of tropical oceanscapes and eating my way through our perishables? Well:
That’s right! Last week, I was taking a last minute vacay! Due to an unexpected obligation in August, Peter and I were obliged to move our yearly vacation up – to last week. While deciding where we wanted to go, we both looked at each other and said “scuba diving!” Last week, we traveled to the Caribbean island of Bonaire for the fifth time (yes, we love it so much in Bonaire, we’ve been scuba diving there every year or so). Bonaire is part of the Netherland Antilles ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). Unlike its party-hearty neighbors, Bonaire is quiet and slow-paced – and perfect. The people are friendly, the diving is cheap, and the food is outta this world (as you will see)! Of course, the coral reefs themselves are gorgeous due to Bonaire’s location in the heart of the Caribbean’s nourishing ocean currents, but outside the hurricane belt.
So! I’d love to share with you some of my favorite underwater photos of the gorgeous and pristine Bonairean reefs. If you don’t want to see pictures of fish, skip down a few scrolls of the mouse until you hit the food.
(All underwater pictures taken by Peter, photographer extraordinaire.)
Here I am, giving the OK to descend!
Brain coral (!!):
Goldspotted moray eel:
Orange frogfish – very rare, and hard to find!
Christmas tree worm:
Pink flamingo tongue:
Tarpon – we saw dozens of tarpons in large schools when we dove on the “wild” east side of the island:
One of the many pictures Peter took of himself while testing the camera’s underwater flash:
Above water, Bonaire is gorgeous, too:
The boat dive signup board. In case you’re wondering, Peter and I are “101″ and “102″.
Peter glaring … and cradling a loaf of bread.
You’ve heard of museli, right? How about …
The fruit is so CHEAP in Bonaire. Passion fruits are, like, 4 bucks each at Whole Foods. In Bonaire, I can get half a dozen passion fruits for the same price. I could gobble down 12 Whole Foods dollars worth of passion fruits at once. And I did.
Now, some of the food!
Mouthwatering red snapper from our favorite Bonaire restaurant, Paradise Moon:
Obligatory food action shot:
Peter reflecting on his full belly:
Kabritu stobá (goat stew) from the local food joint, Maiky Snack:
Even the plane ride back offered a heckuva view:
Yep. We had a great time :) Notice how in the first picture I’m toting a huge underwater video camera? Check out this short piece I created for Connecticut Public Television a few years ago for an inside look into the coral reefs of Bonaire (all the video footage is mine, so no takies, ‘k? ;) ) :
Q: Where is your absolute favorite place to go on vacation?