Escape The Winter Trip 2020: Day 3

We started our morning with a shore dive at Bonaire’s dive site #51, Invisibles. Invisibles, a low current, excellent visibility double reef, offers one of the only places divers have an opportunity to see garden eels in shallow water.

Invisibles (Bonaire Dive Site #51)

Invisibles did not disappoint and we got a great opportunity to check out the garden eels! They’re one of my favorite underwater critters because of the way crop up out of the sandbed and move with the surge of the water. So cool!

Garden eels.
Coralscape.
Adult Spotted Drum.
Dive buddies for life.
Seems like it’s always raining fish in Bonaire…
Trumpetfish.
Bell sponge and purple vase sponges.
Staghorn coral.
Goldentail moray eel poking it’s head out from between the corals.
Thank goodness for dive buddies that love macro photography! Photo Credit: JBDives
Palometa.
Grasby.
Purple vase sponge. The color was INCREDIBLE in person!

Our second dive of the day was at Bonaire’s dive site #42, The Lake. The Lake is a fantastic dive site to see schools of circling reef fish. The Lake is a double reef, encompassing a “lake of sand” between the two reefs, hence the name The Lake.

The Lake (Bonaire Dive Site #42)
Spotted moray eel hunting.
School of Blue Tang.

A little poor timing on our end (a.k.a. too busy diving) led to us missing lunch at the resort, but, we were able to score some snack at the resort’s ScuBar to hold us over until dinner.

The squirrels of Bonaire, waiting for someone to drop some food.

The view at dinner didn’t disappoint and we absolutely saw the green flash during dinner’s incredible sunset. It was the first time that I had ever seen the much-talked-about green flash. Try as everyone might, no one could catch it on camera or video, but, I guess that’s the way it goes. It’s just one of those things you have to see with your own two eyes. Very, VERY cool!

Sunset at dinner and then…the GREEN FLASH!

After dinner, the guys went for a night dive on the house reef, Bonaire’s dive site #35, 18th Palm, named for the eighteen palm trees bordering the site. 18th Palm is the first dive site, as you travel south, where the reef splits into a double reef – one part running along the bottom, at around 90 feet, and the other part across a sandy channel close to the shore at the Plaza Resort, where we stayed.

Josh got some pretty good video of a variety of sea critters on the night dive, so, rather than just posting photos, check out these videos!

Spiny lobster.
Banded coral shrimp.
Spotted moray eel.
Spotted scorpionfish.
Midnight parrotfish.
Crab.
Feeding tarpon at night – Josh’s favorite!
Octopus.
Slipper lobster.

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