We personally discovered Bas Tol this summer after many years of hearing about him on Bonaire. In July, he took our two teenage sons out to certify them to be lionfish hunters. What a fantastic adventure! Bas took them to some remote spots and they had a blast eradicating about 100 lionfish. After the positive and very successful experience with the lionfish hunting, we took two East Coast dives with Bas. Clearly, Bas has done these dives many, many times and has developed a very detailed system for making the dives safe and exciting. Bas really has it down to a science and knows where the critters are hiding. OK--it's nature and it doesn't always work out perfectly, but he clearly knows the habits and homes of many of the fish and creatures he showed us. We just returned from another week in Bonaire and did two dives at Cai with Bas, one during the day and one at night. Once again, we had a wonderful and informative time. Even though we have done about 200 dives in Bonaire, we saw about ten new animals on our day dive with Bas and another dozen or so on our night dive. What an experience! So glad that I had Bas to guide us as it can be so disorienting over there. I felt like I was exploring a cave with all sorts of alien creatures full of tentacles and claws---just amazing to see so many lobsters, shrimp, conch, squid, eels. Gives me the shivers! But it was great!!!! Even though we are staunchly independent shore divers, we truly benefited from doing some guided dives with Bas. You will not be disappointed!
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