Two dives, then a nature hike with Meno.

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Ready to dive!
An early breakfast today, then down to the dive boat. Unfortunately we were late leaving due to one latecomer and two no-shows (now that's something they don't tolerate in Bonaire. If you aren't there in time, they leave without you!)

We discovered that since the dives sites are so close to shore, there is only one two-tank dive, which we were doing today. That means they won't be doing this dive again tomorrow, which also means we won't be able to get married on the boat after all. The boat will come to shore between dives, and so will we. It's too bad, but not the end of the world. So it will be a beach wedding instead -- that's nothing to complain about.

Our first dive was the Lesleen M wreck dive, which was wonderful. I felt very adventurous swimming through the hull, up the stairway, and across the deck, though I never lost sight of the "outside.
En route to Anse Mamin.
"  Wonderful. Outside the wreck there was a fish pot with several doomed tropicals swimming listlessly inside. I wanted to set them free! I am pretty sure that would have been frowned on. (Plus I couldn't find the damn latch. )

The second dive wasn't much to talk about. I had a rough entry, and the water was murky and chilly. I saw a small turtle though, so it was worth it.

We got back to dry land at 12:15, raced back to the room for a quick cleanup, got to the restaurant at 12:40, ate in about 3 minutes, then we were off again for our walking tour with Meno. The tour started with a boat ride to a beach at Anse Mamet Plantation. Meno gave us an informative tour through the forest, patiently explaining the leaves, trees, flowers along the way - he is quite the botanist, and a really nice guy to boot.
Someone has a sense of humor...
Along the way we sampled cocoa beans, which are more repulsive looking than one would expect of the precursor to heavenly chocolate. At the end, Meno cracked open a coconut using no tools whatsoever (so you'd think those people on Survivor would be able to figure it out), and we all had a refeshing drink.

Steve was practically sleep walking by this point, so he had a nap while I had afternoon tea at the beach cafe.

In the evening, we ate again at the downstairs restaurant, which was partial table service with a buffet. I had a Greek salad which was swamped in dressing. Not as nice as the Tree House.

Then to bed kind of early ... tomorrow is our big wedding day!


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Ready to dive!
Ready to dive!
En route to Anse Mamin.
En route to Anse Mamin.
Someone has a sense of humor...
Someone has a sense of humor...
Our guide and botanist, Meno.
Our guide and botanist, Meno.
Plantation ruins.
Plantation ruins.
Old house at Anse Mamin Plantation.
Old house at Anse Mamin Plantation.
Here I am at Anse Mamin.
Here I am at Anse Mamin.
This is where chocolate comes from.
This is where chocolate comes from.
Meno demonstrates that raw cocoa b…
Meno demonstrates that raw cocoa …
Some tropical color.
Some tropical color.
More local color.
More local color.
Boat taxi back to Anse Chastenet.
Boat taxi back to Anse Chastenet.
Anse Chastenet beach scene.
Anse Chastenet beach scene.
Anse Chastenet beach scene.
Anse Chastenet beach scene.
Palm frond.
Palm frond.
Anse Chastanet
photo by: cmgervais