A big part of the fun of SCUBA diving is looking for fish. Trying to spot something rare or unique, this is certainly one of Josh’s favorite things and a reason he usually has the camera. I like the fishies but more in school form. Here are some of the many highlights from our recent dive trip to Bonaire.
If you follow this blog you will have picked up on that I am obsessed with Scotties, who wouldn’t be?! I am also a fanatic about eels, just adore the things. When we dive i could care less about anything but eels. That’s all I want to see. Bonaire did NOT disappoint. We saw more eels than I can count, many more than it was worth taking photos of but want to share some gems. We encountered –
Josh even “hooked” one. I know that sounds horrible but he probably saved its life. On one dive we encountered a bunch of fishing line, dangerous for all aquatic life and divers. When we see it we clean it up, if possible. One reason we have knives with us (thank you Nancy for the GC for new knives). While Josh was cleaning up some line it was a bit stuck, so he gave it a tug. Well an eel came out of its hole attached to the line!! It saw Josh and pulled back, along with the line. He tried tugging again but NOPE, eels are amazing and strong. He decided to cut off what we could. He was able to remove most of the line, that eel would have been in big trouble in a hurry with that much to tangle in.
The very best was seeing a GIANT green moray. This sucker was at least 10 ft long. I was smitten.
On our very last dive of the trip we had three different eels come out to say goodby and come back soon.
In my introduction post about Bonaire I mentioned that the food left a little to be desired. There is one exception to that rule, Cactus Blue Hamburgers. This food truck served up the best burger I have, this is not hidden secret either. While we were there the truck was set up five days a week near a popular beach for tourists and locals. There were always people gathered around. We stopped there twice, both post dive, for lunch and a few beers. There is a sign hanging on one of the trees saying “Slow service with a smile”, that about sums it up. Chef Hagen who runs the place makes each order as they come, that including chopping the onions. He puts on some crazy good sauce and wow, we were both temped to stop there every day.
The hamburgers are just amazing but another thing that sets Cactus Blue apart is that he serves Lionfish when available. I admire anyone who finds a reason to hunt and kills these invasive bastards. I hope that more follow his lead and find uses for the meat and over fish them.