Jun 262013

June 23rd brought us the largest full moon of 2013.  Often called a Supermoon, it was the closest the moon will come to Earth this year.

Below are some shots from our balcony – taken over a span of 45 minutes.

June Full Moon3

June Full Moon4

June Full Moon

June Full Moon2

June Full Moon5

Did you see the Supermoon?  Did you think it was “super”?  I’ve heard several people say that it looked the same size as any other full moon.  I suppose it depends on your location, the weather and other factors.

Jun 252013

I’m perpetually in the market for new water wear.  Whether it be bathing suits, rashguards, quick drying cover-ups for boat rides, wetsuits or even sun hats.  When I find a favorite, I literally wear it out.  Sun and saltwater are not necessarily kind to most garments.

I’ve recently discovered a few standouts – all problem-solvers of sorts.  Each has made my aquatic life a bit easier.

-As much as I love rashguards for swimming and snorkeling, sometimes they are difficult to “peel” off when they are soaking wet.  The girls at Swish Wetsuits have solved this problem with their zip-up style One Jacket. I’ve worn this jacket for snorkeling, swimming, boating, as a beach cover-up and even out to a casual dinner while traveling.  The fit is flattering and feminine, and the pocket on the sleeve is perfect for small items.

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Purple One Jacket – Courtesy of Swish Wetsuits

Purple Jacket

White One Jacket - Photo from www.swishsuits.com

White One Jacket – Photo from www.swishsuits.com

-Divers and snorkelers with long hair understand that it must be subdued under water.  But how?  I’ve tried everything from braids, buns and ponytails to dive beanies and dive caps.  Nothing was ever quite right, until I tried my most recent purchase – Scuba Do Rag’s CoCo Big Oh!  It is an extra wide headband, made of quick-drying fabric, that has a ponytail opening in the back.  I recently tested it out on several dives in Bonaire, and it worked like a charm.  I first french braid my hair (one braid) and then put the braid through the ponytail opening.  The other big plus is that the fabric is ultra-thin and does not interfere with your mask.

Scuba Do Rag's CoCo Big Oh on my head

Wearing Scuba Do Rag’s CoCo Big Oh

From Scubadorag.com

From Scubadorag.com

The original Scuba Do Rag is also a good mane-taming choice for men or women.  It comes in many funky prints and colors, so your dive buddy can easily spot you.

Scuba Do Rag

Scuba Do Rag

-I like my ocean water temps warm.  Really warm!  Anything below 80 degrees F (26 C) is approaching “chilly” in my book.  In these conditions, I don’t need a full wetsuit for warmth.  But I do like my skin to be covered, and it never hurts to have an extra layer to ward off the chill sometimes present at depths.  On a whim, I recently purchased the Henderson Thermoprene Long Sleeve Shorty. It’s a 3 mm wetsuit with an awesome full front-zip design.  This means no embarrassing crouching or funky, yoga-like maneuvers are needed to don this suit.  I’ve been wearing it with my Ecostinger dive skin underneath.  For me, it’s the perfect combo.

Henderson Front Zip Thermoprene Shorty - Photo from Amazon.com

Henderson Front Zip Thermoprene Shorty – Photo from Amazon.com

Have you found any new favorites recently?

Jun 222013

Bonaire’s Bari Reef boasts the most species diversity of any reef in the Caribbean or the Tropical Western Atlantic (according to REEF).  It is an easy shore dive with access points from the main road just south of Den Laman Condominiums, from the grounds of the Sand Dollar Condos or from Bonaire Dive and Adventure’s pier (if you are registered with their dive operation).

Bonaire Dive and Adventure's Dive Pier

Bonaire Dive and Adventure’s Dive Pier

The reef starts at about 20 feet (6m) and gradually slopes downward.  It is an excellent site for photography due to its abundant sea life, excellent visibility and gentle current.  It is suitable for snorkeling as well as diving.

Heading out for a dive

Heading out for a dive

Mr. Reeftraveler with a subject

Mr. Reeftraveler with a subject

Among the creatures we spotted here are free swimming morays, chain morays, golden spotted snake eels, turtles, porcupine fish, tarpon, barracuda, french angelfish, queen angelfish, arrow crabs, trunkfish, honeycomb cowfish, filefish, striped grunts, Christmas tree worms and perhaps the largest aggregation of blue tang’s I’ve ever sighted.

Chain Moray

Chain Moray

Arrow Crabs, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Arrow Crabs, by Mr. Reeftraveler

French Angelfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

French Angelfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Giant Anemone

Giant Anemone

Golden Spotted Snake Eel, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Golden Spotted Snake Eel, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Christmas Tree Worms

Christmas Tree Worms

Filefish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Filefish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

A manta makes a regular appearance in the shallows, but we have yet to see it here.  Maybe next time?

Have you experienced Bari Reef for yourself?  What did you find there?

Jun 182013

Who says beach bums have to be human?

Crab on Beach STT

Crab on St. Thomas Beach

Bird on Beach

Taking Flight in the Maldives

Dogs on Matangi Beach S

Playtime at Matangi Island, Fiji – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Iguana on Beach STT2

Resident Iguana – St. Thomas, USVI

Goats on Beach

Goats roam the shores on Horseshoe Bay, Matangi Island, Fiji

Goat on Beach

Camels on Beach Dubai

Camel rides on white sands – Dubai

Jun 162013

Have you heard of Selfless?

It’s a philanthropic clothing company, with modern T-shirt designs that are “meant to inspire and spark conversation”.

Every two weeks, Selfless sponsors a new campaign – each in support of a different charity.  During the campaign, $7 of each purchase is given back to the charity.

The current campaign focuses on one of our favorite coral reef preservation charities – Reef Check.


Founded in 1996, Reef Check is the United Nation’s official reef monitoring program.  Reef Check is a global organization that works locally by promoting community awareness of the value of coral reef ecosystems, monitoring reef health, and protection and rehabilitation of reefs around the world.

The Selfless Reef Check Tees are available until June 24th.