About Us

 

 

What is Reeftraveler?

Reeftraveler is a website, blog and portal created by Meredith & Steve- a husband and wife team of nature photographers based on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. In addition to being avid scuba divers and underwater photographers, Meredith & Steve are nature-enthusiasts who work to promote ocean conservation and environmental protection.   They are also PADI-certified coral restoration divers who work with Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire.

What is Reeftraveler about?

Meredith created Reeftraveler in 2011 as a way to display their growing lot of underwater, nature and travel-related photos, as well as to document their travels around the globe.  Reeftraveler has evolved since then, and topics covered include ocean conservation, marine species protection, fish ID, birds and birding, underwater photography tips, travel and trip reports and life in Bonaire.

Contact Us

reeftraveleronline@gmail.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Who takes your photos?

The photos on this site are shot by Meredith or Steve unless they are otherwise credited. Meredith is responsible for photo editing and social media.

 

Question: What cameras and equipment do you use?

Steve’s Equipment

Underwater

Camera – Canon S120

Housing – RecSea

Lighting – Dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes

Land

Camera – Canon 7D Mark II

Lenses –Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Canon EF-S 10-22mm (wide angle), Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 (macro)

Accessories –Canon EF 1.4X III Telephoto Extender, Gitzo Series Three Systematic GT3532LS Tripod

Meredith’s Equipment

Underwater

Camera- Canon G16

Housings- RecSea & Fantasea

Lighting – Sea & Sea YS D1 strobes

Accessories –

Land

Camera – Canon 7D Mark II

Lenses –Canon EFS 18-135mm, Canon EF-S 10-22mm (wide angle), Canon 75-300

 

Question:  What software do you use for photo editing?

We use a combination of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Elements to edit our photos.

 

Question:  Do you offer photo editing services to other underwater photographers?

Yes, Meredith has extensive underwater photo editing experience, and she offers her services on a fee basis. You can find more information here.

 

Question:  Where can I find a resort with an outstanding house reef?

Mirihi Island in South Ari Atoll, Maldives has the best house reef of all of the resorts I’ve visited (for both snorkelers and divers). Other resorts we’ve found to have great house reefs are the Hilton Moorea (snorkeling), Matangi Island, Fiji (snorkeling and diving), Sand Dollar Condominiums, Bonaire (snorkeling and diving) and Den Laman, Bonaire.  Many resorts and condominiums on the Bonaire oceanfront have excellent house reefs.

For snorkeling enthusiasts, Caneel Bay on St. John has several phenomenal snorkeling spots and house reefs. Scott Beach offers a great opportunity to snorkel with green sea turtles (which feast on the sea grass) and large southern stingrays.

 

Question:  Where can I go shore diving in the Caribbean?

Bonaire is the shore diving capital of the Caribbean and our favorite shore diving locale.  Also, Grand Cayman has multiple operations that offer shore dives.  Sunset House is a nice dive resort on Grand Cayman which offers complimentary tanks for shore diving when you purchase a resort stay with a dive package.  It’s also the home of well-known underwater photographer Cathy Church.  Roatan is also an excellent choice for shore diving enthusiasts.

 

Question:  I want to visit the Caribbean, but it’s hurricane season.  Should I take the risk?

A vacation with perfect weather can never be guaranteed (sadly), but for those who don’t want to risk experiencing a hurricane, the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao lie outside of the Caribbean hurricane belt. You can read more about my personal thoughts on this here.

 

Question:  You frequently write about diving and snorkeling for those with disabilities.  What sparked your interest in this subject?

In 2009, Meredith was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, progressive autoimmune disease which causes systemic inflammation leading to pain, swelling, stiffness and degenerative changes such as joint, tendon, tissue and organ damage.  We have the utmost respect for those who triumph in the face of disability.

You can find posts about diving with rheumatoid arthritis here and here.

 

Question:  Can I purchase an image from your blog?

We have a gallery of special edition prints for purchase here. If the photo that you want is not listed for purchase, please contact us at reeftraveleronline@gmail.com, and we will add it to the gallery.

 

Question:  Can I use one of your images on my blog?

Images on this site are copyright of Reeftraveler, unless otherwise specified.  If you would like to use one of our images on your blog or non-commercial site, please feel free to do so.  All we ask is that you link back to Reeftraveler, provide a photo credit and send us a link to your post at reeftraveleronline@gmail.com.

You may not use the photos on this site for commercial purposes.  For inquiries, please contact us at reeftraveleronline@gmail.com.

 

Question:  What is your affiliation with Tripadvisor?

Meredith is a Destination Expert for its Bonaire Forum.  She is not employed by Tripadvisor, nor does she receive compensation for her activity on the site.  She is an independent traveler, volunteering her time on the site to advise other travelers.

 

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Blog Comments

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Comments submitted to Reeftraveler do not necessarily represent the views of Reeftraveler.

We may edit or delete any comments submitted to Reeftraveler without notice.  Examples of comments that may be deleted are (but are not limited to):

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Basically, disagreeing with us or anyone posting on this site is A-OK.  But please get your point across without being a jerk.

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Thanks for reading.

Meredith & Steve