Bonaire: The weather was horrible, we were unlucky in 2 respects. 2 weeks before we left, hurricane Lenny broke loose in the Caribbean. Lenny has caused waves of 12 meters on Bonaire. The island has not suffered much from wind, but the waves have caused serious damage. All diving facilities directly alongside the water, were destroyed. Restaurants in Kralendijk have been washed away. All piers have been completely wiped away.
A week after Lenny, the weather in itself was still unsettled. The first 8 days we saw the sun for a total of 2 hours. It didn’t rain, it poured! All day long! Dark skies, streets were flooded.
Lenny has also done considerable damage under water. The dive sites in the north were the best. Irrespective of the low visibility, and sand on the corals, we still enjoyed ourselves. After a little while you get used to the damage, and you concentrate on other. The fish were still there, so you that part can be enjoyed as much as before. There were many turtles, many large barracudas, many French and Queen Angels, lots of scorpion fish. The tarpons on the Hilma Hooker wreck were still on their preferred location in the hull; the tarpons hunting during night dives were present (2 at a time even!). Very special, we saw spotted eagle rays on 6 dives, 2 came very close.
However, I think we will probably wait a few years before we go back to the Antilles