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Date(s) - 11/09/2024 - 11/16/2024
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Trip Details: Bonaire – November 9 to November 16, 2024

Coral Restoration Trip – Belmar Resort,  Bonaire

ADFC has reserved 10 spots for divers (we can add more!) at the luxurious Oceanfront Belmar Resort.

Belmar Resort is a sister property of Buddy Dive Resort.  The property is a 15-minute drive to the south of Buddy Dive Resort and is within walking distance to restaurants. If we provide a grocery list the concierge can stock our fridges and pantries before we arrive. They will also handle dinner reservations for our group. Buddy Dive will be our dive partner and will provide all of our diving. If we field 10 divers, we will have our own boat. This will give us much more freedom to go where we want to dive. It will also enable us to help RRFB much more.

The resort is beautiful and each place has an oceanfront patio or balcony, a full kitchen, and our package gives us a two-tank boat dive every day! It is a smaller more intimate resort with great service and Buddy Dive Resort diving that is some of the best in the world. We also have a separate house reef (Sara Smiles) to explore along with the Buddy House Reef.

Included with the accommodations:

  • (6) Two Tank VIP Boat Dives and unlimited shore diving, including taxes. VIP diving means snacks, towels, and all gear set up. A little more bougie than Buddy normally provides.
  • Free Nitrox, Tanks, Weights, and Belts.
  • Free airport transfers to and from the airport upon arrival and departure.
  • Our package is a drive-and-dive package so we will have a standard truck or trucks and more details will be provided on this once we have our final numbers.
    Package Price: $1,305.00 per person rooms are double occupancy. (Price for a single room can be arranged.)

Additional expenses:

$100 donation to ADFC
$75 per person, tourist entry tax – payable before arrival online
at https://tourismtax.bonairegov.com or upon arrival at the Bonaire Flamingo Airport.

For those divers that are new to coral restoration, you will want to add the Reef Renewal Coral Restoration Certification Course, The cost is $220 per diver and the classroom and diving will take place at Buddy Dive Resort.

All guests checking in at the dive shop should bring the following document: A printed version of the $45 STINAPA
Marine Park E-Tag, this is a Bonaire requirement and Buddy Dive asks all divers to pre-purchase the STINAPA Tag from www.bonairenaturefee.org

To reserve your spot on this trip, please fill out the form below.

Please tell us your level of experience so we will know your level of experience with Coral Restoration. If you have other experience or certifications please add that into the comment section below.

For any questions about the trip, please contact:

Elysa Leonard
elysa@splashmarcom.com
cell: 571-426-5145

POTENTIAL SCHEDULE/ITINERARY*

ADFC CORAL RESTORATION TRIP – NOV. 9-16, 2024

Saturday, Nov. 9th –  ARRIVAL, Welcome Dinner/Happy Hour depending on arrival times. Maybe a twilight/night dive at the Belmar house reef, named Sara Smiles.

Sunday, Nov. 10Dive Briefing and check out dive at Belmar (Sara Smile) or Buddy House Reef. We will include a tour of the coral nursery if we are at Buddy House Reef. For the two-tank boat dive, we would like to visit two restoration sites so divers can see the goal of this work and some success stories. We will get more information from Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB). If we can visit a restored site where they need to be documented, we will take pictures and submit for RRFB to review.

Monday, Nov. 11 – Non-certified divers will be in the coral restoration course in the morning and they dive on the Buddy House Reef for training. Certified divers will do a two-tank dive that day to a nursery location that needs cleaning, outplanting, or to help the RRFB on any other project. After or before the boat dives, Experienced Coral Restoration divers will clean or do whatever is needed at Buddy House Reef either morning or afternoon depending on boat dive timing. 

Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Non-certified divers will be in the classroom in the morning and dive on Buddy House Reef for training. Certified divers will be on the buddy reef to take pictures of the newly certified coral restoration divers doing the work. The certified team will have boat dives, (morning or afternoon). We can do monitoring work. We can visit two sites that have not been monitored lately and report back with pictures of diseased corals, bleaching, and fatalities. 

Wednesday, Nov. 13 – The entire team will do a two-tank dive morning or afternoon. We may have a RRFB intern with us. We can do more cleaning dives, monitoring, outplanting if the timing is right, help set up or take down a pop-up nursery, fragment and hang coral fragments, whatever work is needed, and on whatever sites need the help. The intern or experienced Buddy Dive Master can observe that the work is done correctly. On both dives this day and every day, we will be put to work. 2 more dives opposite the boat dives from shore or at Buddy House Reef for cleaning or whatever is needed. Some may choose to do a recreational shore dive in place of this.

Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 15 –  Rinse and Repeat with the full team.

We could do more cleaning and then a recreational dive that is hard to get to by truck to add to the adventure. If RRFB gives us more tasks, we will know more two weeks before the trip.

Saturday – Nov. 16 – Sigh… Departure Day

Night Dives – Night diving in Bonaire is awesome. We can arrange for a night dive at either House Reef or another shore diving site. We are checking to see if we can help with capturing fireworms or other ways that we can help the reef during night dives on our trip.  If not, we can set up to do night dives at Belmar’s House Reef or Buddy House Reef for fun.

*This schedule is developed to give you an idea of what we will do on this trip. Due to fluctuating water temperatures, RRFB schedule, whether we field 10 divers so we can have our boat, weather conditions, and the experience level of the divers that join us on this mission trip, these activities, dates, and times may be revised. RRFB has committed to working with us and they will give us a better idea of what we will be working on, two weeks before our arrival.

 

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