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sailing and diving around the world
Woke up to another beautiful, sunny day in Bonaire. Had to dive into the emerald waters. Once I was in, I immediately regretted not charging up my underwater camera. The colorful tropical fish were all over me, coming in real close for a look at this strange looking fish. I also dove down to take a look at the mooring blocks and realized that would have made an interesting shot, as would the lone puffer fish that was nibbling on the mooring line, about ten feet down. The visibility is amazing in Bonaire, which is why it is a dive destination for many people.
Spent some time polishing the stainless steel on the boat. Then went to customs and immigration to clear out, with the plan to do some provisioning right after, but the immigration officers couldn't get there til three, so we arranged to meet them at 4. It doesn't cost anything, by the way, to clear in and out of Bonaire. It only costs $10 per day for the mooring. Anchoring anywhere in Bonaire is prohibited because they are very conscious of the damage that is being done by all the boats that used to anchor here.
Anyway, we went to the shopping centre and walked around in a daze. Bonaire has everything you could possibly want, in the way of food, that is. We did the regular shopping that we normally do- bread, eggs, milk, orange juice, etc- but I also picked up a sizable hunk of brie and some other goodies. Oh yeah, they have real chocolate here in Bonaire, so we bought a ton of it, too.
After the shopping, we had to make a mad dash back to the Immigration and Customs office. Got there at 4:04, and found them waiting for us. We cleared out and I went to the laundrymat, where I had already dropped off my laundry bag, and posted this blog while my clothes were washing. The laundrymat is about a 15-minute walk from Karel's, and about ten minutes from the Customs and Immigration office. It's very clean and all the machines are modern. Going back to the boat to make schnitzel. I'm going to make a huge batch so we can munch on it as we sail. We sail for Curacao at first light tomorrow. We'll arrive in the afternoon.