Our first full day of diving on Bonaire was dedicated to getting oriented, both with our gear and the Divi Flamingo dive resort where we were staying. The four of us went out on our own for a shore dive on the house reef before going out on an afternoon boat dive with Divi’s dive shop. Bombs away!
I have to admit that even though I’ve logged hundreds of dives in my eight years since first strapping on a tank, I’m always nervous that first dip in the ocean—particularly as I hadn’t been diving since last October in Grand Cayman.
So it was pretty nice to get to do a shallow dive straight from the shore with three friends who wouldn’t judge me if my buoyancy wasn’t perfect. It was doubly nice to do so in visibility as crystal clear as this.
The first night, we headed out to dinner at Capriccio, which would prove to be my favorite restaurant on the island. I never go to Italian restaurants while at home in Nashville, but this one made me rethink that idea as it was seriously one of the best I’ve ever tried (ravioli filled with pumpkin mousse? I need that in my life on a regular basis).
The pasta was all handmade and the wine collection extensive. I’ve been on a wine kick lately, so Steph and I shared a bottle (OK, two…) and then each had a moscato to end the evening. Dessert, too, of course, because #vacation.
It was probably a good thing then that our East Coast diving excursion was canceled the following day due to rough waters—I might have sunk after that meal the previous evening. We’re a pretty laid-back group when it comes to travel plans being altered on the fly, so none of us sweated it. And since we were already right next to Sorobon Beach Resort, and they were so kind as to let us sign up last minute for a morning yoga class, we thought why not?
Every morning at 8am, there’s an outdoor yoga class at the oceanfront resort. There are other active pursuits, too, like SUP yoga, sailing, kayakying and mountain biking but we stuck to doing a few asanas on solid ground.
Hitting the mat with the salty air and ocean breeze as the setting? Don’t mind if I do.