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From Panama to Bonaire

in only 4 days

Panama

I woke up and suddenly I was in Panama! Pretty weird feeling to be at another special place every morning when you wake up!
In Panama we don’t offer any diving, but instead a snorkeling and Kayaking tour! Andre and I were the lucky ones to escort our “special guests” (AIDA guests are very particular…).First we had to take a bus and once we were in the middle of nowhere we arrived at the dive school. We will only start diving there from January on as the visibility isn’t that great at the moment. So Andre and I had a group each and we both went snorkeling. Andre, however, went by boat while I was the one to guide the kayaking! Ahhh!!! Jasmin and Kayaking lol. Halfway to the snorkeling spot I was so exhausted and I only continued paddling because my group was behind me. We did some snorkeling at the tiny winy island before we headed to drive through the Mangroves with the kayaks. After that we drove back to the dive school and had lunch. I am telling you…it was really exhausting!!!
The second part of this trip includes visiting the Panama Canal. While we were there, three container ships were lowered 26 metres to go from one side to the other. Each ship had to pay around 400.000Euro. It does save around 8 days and thousands of kilometers that it would need to drive if it hadn’t used the Panama Caynal! Pretty amazing thing to watch.

Costa Rica

That’s the only harbour where we don’t offer any diving or snorkeling tours. Instead we do things like cleaning the diving locker, get some energy back from the 12 hours work the days before or we work as a Scout (like I did in Brazil) in order to see the country. I didn’t get to step off the ship that day because we had so many extra things to do, like doing an O2 and First aid course (AGAIN- this time it was a DAN course…what a waste of time!)
Columbia
Wow…I was in Columbia. I have heard lots of Columbia as my step mom and stepsister are from there. So finally I also got to see it! However , it is such a busy day for us, that I wont be able to see lots when we are there. We have certified divers and Discover Scuba divers that day, maybe if it isn’t that many people I will get to see the old city of Cartagena, if I am lucky. ;-)
Diving was more beautiful as I expected, but yet again, I didn’t expect much. Somehow Columbia isn’t really a popular dive place, but still, it was good.

Bonaire

Finally!!! The diving highlight for all divers and snorkelers on board! We have so many different trips that day that we actually “use” people from other departments to cover our snorkeling trips. I got the exclusive snorkeling and diving safari! And yes, it was exclusive! Haha, yeah it was pretty good. The dive boat was huge, lots of space to move, and because we were so fast, we were able to drive to dive spots further outside. The visibility was like 20metres plus and I didn’t even try to find small stuff, because the diving itself was really amazing! The water so blue and the corals simply untouched!!! hmmmm – diving deluxe! :-)

Posted by JazzyFizzl 16:10 Archived in Netherlands Antilles

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