• Derek Harp

Bonaire Boat Diving with Ebby Jules!

As person that loves Bonaire and enjoys arranging unique experiences on the island for friends & clients, I make it my business to meet as many of its residents as I can and I am amazed to find just how friendly and interesting many of these people are.

I first met Ebby Jules through, Bill Minahan, an off-island entrepreneur friend from Boston who met Ebby 18 years ago and has been coming to Bonaire ever since. One summer night, Bill put us all together for dinner and I knew instantly that this was a funny, interesting and very knowledgeable person…who also happens to be the owner and operator of a great small-group (aka private) dive boat.

Since I really like Bonaire shore diving and never fail to expound upon its virtues, you might be asking yourself why do we care about boat diving in Bonaire? For that question I am also writing a blog on Bonaire Boat Diving. However, I can say here, there are many excellent Bonaire dive sites you can ONLY access by boat. So, it is very nice to know someone who not only has a boat but is filled with knowledge about the sites, fish, creatures, diving, and Bonaire itself.

As a native of the Dutch Caribbean islands and long-time resident of Bonaire, Ebby appears to know everyone as well as a ton about Bonaire and the related islands. As a rabid collector of new knowledge, I felt like I hit the jackpot when I met him and as we transit to dive sites, I always pepper him questions. So far, he always has an answer. Someday I’ll know something interesting about the island before he will…one can always dream.

Just recently I found myself back out on Ebby’s boat. A few members of my most recent group of divers were Fish ID fanatics (a PADI course I teach by the way 😊). They were hunting down any distinct example of marine life they could find but especially the tiny ones. We had a very successful week of finding things large and very very small. By our final dive day there were still a few species on the “still to find” list though. So, on the last day, I took my group out with Ebby to some of those sites you cannot access by shore. I joked on the boat that all our crew needed was a seahorse and a shark* and that Ebby had “promised” we would find them that day. He hadn’t, of course! Much to our great delight, however, during our first dive we saw a White Nosed Pipefish, a Frogfish and then a Dolphin pod (my first in Bonaire) and on the 2nd dive he took us straight to a seahorse within the first three minutes of the dive. Now that is service!

*As a footnote, after we parted ways with Ebby we did one final shore dive and we saw an amazing octopus right out in the open for about 10 minutes and then a largish reef shark cruising the depths right below us. What a spectacular last day of diving!

Ebby was featured in a great article about Bonaire in the NY times in February of 2019 (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/travel/coral-reef-bonaire.html) and you can learn more about Ebby and his dive business at https://www.divewithebby.net/

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Derek and Trisha like to push the limits of travel to incorporate some luxury coupled with both physical and emotional adventure. They strive for memorable and moving adventures that don't always include high risk outings like scuba diving. Today, Derek and Trisha are focusing on hosting retreat adventures in Bonaire that are perfect for family growth, couple development and team leadership and bonding.  


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