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Roeland Labots, a native of the Netherlands, together with his associate Bart Snelder, both of them PADI dive instructors, “drifted ashore” on the beach of Bonaire some 9 years ago and founded Wanadive.  more...


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Roeland Labots, a native of the Netherlands, together with his associate Bart Snelder, both of them PADI dive instructors, “drifted ashore” on the beach of Bonaire some 9 years ago and founded Wanadive.

Wanadive is a very popular dive school on Bonaire, especially among returning visitors, the many expats and the locals that live on this charming island. Beside 4 air tank refill stations for the independent and experienced diver, Wannadive offers guided day and night dives and welcomes those (starters) who are interested in a diving course.

The cozy beach bar, pertaining to Hotel Eden Beach, offers very delicious Cappuccino Smoothies and while I am waiting for one of those, my eyes rest upon the sparkling colors and overall relaxed appearance of a dive school on “the nearby corner” of the same beach. I become curious and decide to see for myself what goes on there.

A tall and healthy looking man with vibrant blue eyes approaches me. Roeland Labots, a native of the Netherlands, together with his associate Bart Snelder, both of them PADI dive instructors, “drifted ashore” on the beach of Bonaire some 9 years ago and founded Wanadive. Roeland Labots: ” Most people call me Bob because that is easier to remember and pronounce for all those different nationalities”.

I tell Roeland who I am and explain my interest to find out a little more about his activities. Roeland invites me to sit down at a picnic table underneath a straw parasol that could do with a make over. After helping some scuba divers on their way, Roeland, who holds a veggie sandwich in one hand, joins me at the table. While taking a bite, Roeland laughs and says:” I hope you don’t mind I am eating at the same time”. To another diver who seems a little lost, he calls out:” All the info you need is posted on that board behind you”. It is clear that the self confident Roeland does not miss a thing and uses his time in a very efficient manner.

Wanadive is a very popular dive school on Bonaire, especially among returning visitors, the many expats and the locals that live on this charming island. Beside 4 air tank refill stations for the independent and experienced diver, Wannadive offers guided day and night dives and welcomes those (starters) who are interested in a diving course.

A few years ago Roeland and Bart also started a small budget hotel, the Wannadive Hut, located within an easy walking distance from the center of Kralendijk, the capital of Bonaire. The Wannadive Hut does not offer luxury or direct beach access but does breathes a very cozy, intimate and casual atmosphere, which is further enhanced by a personable service.

During my conversation it becomes crystal clear that Roeland is a crusader for the protection of the underwater world and conducts his business based on the rules and recommendations of the non-profit organization STINAPA that works in close collaboration with the Bonaire National Marine Park. Roeland: “Bonaire is unique in the Caribbean when it comes to protecting the underwater environment. Divers and snorkelers pay a small $ 25 USD fee for a Bonaire Marine Park pass. This fee helps to protect and sustain our underwater world.” Roeland’s genuine interest in protecting the natural (underwater) environment is further illustrated when I ask him about his goal and biggest wish for the future. He answers directly and without hesitation: “ I would like to see that other Caribbean islands would follow the example of Bonaire when it comes to nature conservation policies”.

This sounds great to me to me since I have witnessed with my own eyes how many Caribbean islands, in search of the tourist dollar; forfeit to take sufficient care of the environment.

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