I was on Woodwind March 2nd, 2015. The excursion had the best diversity of sea life and water clarity I have seen since I lived in Hawaii in the 1980’s; and was diving regularly. Dee and her crew are very attentive & knowledgeable; and genuinely care about the sea life and waters of Bonaire. Woodwind is a tri-hull catamaran that accommodated our group of 25 with ease. It carries the best variety of snorkeling equipment I have ever seen on a vessel used for snorkeling; including full facemasks with built in snorkels, prescription lens masks & fins in every size. They also have sea skins, wetsuits, booties, swim belts and vests available. The food and refreshments were delicious as well. I just wonder how the little parrot Dee and her crew rescued on our way back to the dock is doing. The next time I have Bonaire on my itinerary, it will definitely include the Woodwind.
Wetumpka, Alabama USA – Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 13:33:56 (AST)
Wir durften am 10.11.2014 den ersten Schnorchelausflug unseres Lebens mit Euch erleben. Es war für uns der schönste und beste Ausflug unserer Kreuzfahrt. Ihr seit ein super nettes und professionelles Team. Dir Liebe Dee nochmals vielen lieben Dank für Deine Maske. Der Ausflug war jeden Dollar wert. Ganz liebe Grüße und macht weiter so.!
Thomas und Claudia
Sankt Julian, Germany – Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:02:45 (AST)
We took this tour on 27Dec2013. This was the best snorkeling tour we’ve ever taken! I was pleasantly surprised by the availability of equipment – swim skins and wet suits, and even a prescription mask for me. The guides and hosts were excellent! The snacks were spot on. It was a wonderful day with my family. Thank you!
Peggy Savage Plymouth, Michigan USA – Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 15:56:56 (AST)
We had a wonderful time on our snorkeling trip to Kleine Bonaire on the Woodwind. We would especially like to thank Dee (Deirdre) for being such a great guide and taking care of us so well. This was our ninth trip to Bonaire and we have snorkeled throughout Bonaire but this was our best experience ever. We will definitely do it again on our next trip – hope to see you in Dec. 2014.
Henry and Gail Wolkowicz Cambridge, Ontario Canada – Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 11:20:06 (AST)
Dear Woodwind staff, On the 23rd of april 2014 we went for our very first snorkel trip/experience ever. It was a great experience, the things we saw (and not) were beautiful. But what impressed us the most was the efforts Dee (above all) and the staff made to learn us how to use the snorkels an tried to learn us the technique of breathing, swimming and staying relaxed in the beautiful waters around Klein Bonaire. It was for us a day we will never forget, it was awesome how much you cared about us during the trip. Woodwind thank you for a wonderful day. We love you all. Andries en Tine Maij
Andries Maij Wormer, Noord Holland Netherlands – Friday, May 02, 2014 at 12:52:48 (AST)
Birthday on the Woodwind I am not a firsttime guest on the Woodwind, so when I wanted something special to celebrate my 60th birthday, I thought of the Woodwind right away! Everything was taken care of and I did not have to do anything but show up! It was a big success ! We had so much fun and everyone was enjoying the tour more then expected. And it must be said: it is a real experience! It made me really feel happy! Thanks Ulf and Dee, for a wonderfull birthday party !! Angela
Angela Kralendijk, Bonaire CN – Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 08:09:22 (AST)
I had a really great day on board of Woodwind sunday february 16th! Unfortunately my underwater camera got stolen while we arrived back at the dock of Divi Flamingo. 🙁 It was an Olympus Though TG1 (silver grey with red details). Of course it sucks I lost my camera, especially because it must have been stolen by one of 23 people on the boat… with most of ’em I had friendly coversations. But most of all I’ve lost all of my holiday pictures. If you have (found) my memory card, please contact me: (firstname.lastname@example.org). I promise I won’t take any steps regarding the camera, I just want my pictures back…
Paul Megens Breda, The Netherlands – Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 18:53:05 (AST)
THE best snorkelling experience we’ve ever had. As keen wildlife enthusiasts it was a perfect start to our honeymoon. The staff were super friendly, I was even provided with a perscription mask for the best view and a skin suit so I didn’t burn. The proffessional under water photographer was brilliant and got some great shots and the staff were very knowledgable with regards to all the creatures living in the reef. We were looked after with fod, drinks and all the care and information you would need. We would highly recommend this to anyone…even if you’ve never snorkelled before; you’re in good hands!
Katy and Jonathan Gilder Didcot, Oxfordshire England – Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 05:42:36 (AST)
We have NEVER BEFORE experienced snorkeling like we did with your company. Just awesome. Now when we tell others about our ten day cruise we go strait to the Woodwind photos.
William Evans Swansea, IL USA – Friday, December 27, 2013 at 20:58:50 (AST)
Wat een geweldige snorkeltour was het! Dit heet geluk: zon, blauw water, schildpadden, prachtige koralen, lief gezelschap en een fantastische crew. Ik ben in de watten gelegd vanaf het begin! Dit moet ik vaker doen. Thank you so much, Deidre and Ulf!!!
wilma bohm Bonaire, – Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 16:57:26 (AST)
THREE GOOD REASONS TO JOIN A WOODWIND SNORKEL TOUR: 1) They are real profesionals in everey aspect: safety, equipment, service, knowledge of the Carribean sea, hospitality and more… 2)You can learn a lot about the richness, beauty and protection of Bonairian marinelife. With a guide you see so much more! 3)They take such a good care of you, that after the tour you feel reaxed, rozy and content! Thanks Dee and crew!! Angela Galama 3)
angela galama Kralendijk, CN – Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 16:35:42 (AST)
Last friday we went to Klein Bonaire with the Woodwind it was really a great day, on the boat Dee, Jo-jo and Suzanna made is feel comfortable and in the water Dee was a real good guide and Suzanna made beautiful and amazing photo’s. We had a lovely lunch and a lot of cool juices. I can recommand this trip to everybody, we saw turtles, very big coral- formations, a Barracuda, sea- urchins and also two Sea-horses. Thank’s to the crew for this unforgetable day!
Marianne Langweer, Friesland The Netherlands – Monday, October 07, 2013 at 08:58:36 (AST)
Actually, we can hardly add anything to the previous descriptions: it was just so great that we were attending 3 times to this trips. Excellent equipment (even with diving goggles with vision correction, clothing, etc.) The drift snorkeling with Dee, Hannah or Erwin was great. One could just relaxed indulge in admiration of the underwater world. (The first time we were there during a real torrential downpour in the water, very special!) And then there were every time drinks and eat at noon, detailed information about the island, the fish and corals (and the rules for behavior in water and in the coral). Everything was very professional and the whole team (including the captain Jo-Jo) was friendly and humorous. If we were still there, we would surely take part of further trips. Totally recommended! (And who has not heard of the daily excursions enough: Dee leads also accompanied night snorkeling tours – also a hit!)
Peter and Sylvia Erstfeld, Switzerland – Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 03:34:33 (AST)
My wife and three young daughters booked a float trip early in our stay. FANTASTIC! Dee and crew gave my girls confidence and local knowledge that we used all week. Highly recommended! – JoeK
The Karls – Vermont Chester, Vermont USA – Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:11:39 (AST)
For three years now we have visited Bonaire. Our friend Dave has been coming for almost 20 years! Every trip we board the woodwind at least twice! I love Dee and her crew! They have become our Bonaire family. Every year we purchase the CD of our photos which always remind us of our fabulous experience. Next year we are looking to get married on board! White rash guards and veils soon to be purchased! Love you guys keep on doing what you do!
Sage & Dawn Castro valley, Ca USA – Monday, May 13, 2013 at 22:04:58 (AST)
Best snorkelling experience in my life. Arrived by cruise ship (Statendam) on April 15, 2013. Though the ship was about 2 hours late, Dee and her crew were waiting for us. Highly recommend Woodwind for their professionalism, friendliness and knowledge.
Edmund Wong Surrey, BC Canada – Monday, May 06, 2013 at 15:12:40 (AST)
It was 10 years ago we made our first snorkeltrip with The Woodwind on Bonaire. I saw then 1 turtle, very far away. Today we saw 3 turtles and one very big and very close. 10 years ago we were on the boat with Total 4 visitors with Dee and her hushband. Dee is very gentle hostess and enthuse all her guests. She and her very gentle crew brings us to the most beautiful snorkelplaces of litle Bonaire. She explains us everything about this beautiful Island that ever was owned by Harry Bellafonte. He wrote The song: ” oh Island in the sun”. When you come to Bonaire you must make this snorkeltrip on The Woodwind!!! You get The most beautiful snorkeltrip with drinks and a very delicious meal and it will be The most impressing reminder off your visit to Bonaire. Thanks for this wonderful experience. Jenny and Jan from The Netherlands Visited April 2013
Jan Visschers Nuland, The Netherlands – Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 08:04:57 (AST)
Het was geweldig! Voor de eerste keer echt goed gesnorkeld. De bemanning past goed op je als je aan het snorkelen bent en er worden door een proffesioneel goede fotos gemaakt onder water. Best snorkling I ever did. The crew was very great and friendly.
anneke Eindhoven, Brabant Holland – Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 06:08:45 (AST)
Please allow me to add a few comments about the Woodwind snorkeling experience in Bonaire. My wife and I have been to Bonaire for the past 3 years now. We have snorkeled with Dee and her wonderful crew at least 6 times. Every trip was a whole different experience- each time seeing something new or noticing something we missed the first time through. Unlike many other snorkeling experiences where you are taken out to a site and dumped into the water to fend for yourself, Dee and her crew divide the snorkelers into small groups of about 8-10 people and go into the water with you. Once in the water with you, they guide you through the many different aspects of Reef life. Teaching you about the ecosystem you are about to visit is a very important part of their over-all mission and they do it quite well! This time I tried the Night Snorkel. We went into the water around 8:00 P.M. It was a whole different, fascinating experience! I was able to see octopus, squid, green eels, scorpion fish, trigger fish,a lion fish (unfortunately), lobster, starfish and all manner of living things under the piers. I always felt completely safe and count this experience as one of the highlights of our trip to the Caribbean this year! By all means, go to Bonaire and book with the Woodwind early in your stay. That way, you can book a second trip with them before you leave! –Mike Rishavy
Mike Rishavy Ramsey, Minnesota USA – Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 17:20:11 (AST)
Again this year we made a snorkling trip with the woodwind. It was great. Thanks to the whole crew for the hospitality, information, and care. This year we also made the nightsnorkling. This was amazing. Thank you Deidre. We come back again. Netherlands – 23 febr. 2013
Willy Ebbelaar Muiden, The Netherlands – Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 07:05:44 (AST)
An incredible experience! Starting out with fresh juice as you head through schools of flying fish. And then the snorkel! Incredible coral and fish and the guides are enthusiastic and so helpful! I’ve been snorkeling many places but Klein Bonaire is the top! Fresh fruit and great customer service by the crew. Highly recommended!
Leslie Boston, Mass USA – Friday, February 01, 2013 at 07:02:04 (AST)
Best snorkeling we have ever did!!! Thank You so much for such a great experience. All the extras you did for us were awesome too…Information,tips for snorkeling,food drinks. We hope to come back to do it again!!!
Peter & Sheryl Scheafer New Ulm, Minnesota USA – Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:59:17 (AST)
We loved every minute of our sunset snorkeling cruise. Such a friendly, knowledgable and passionate team! We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bonaire. Turtles and dolphins were definitely the highlights!
Karin, Enrico, Kristian & Giulia Ottawa, Ontario Canada – Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 17:50:53 (AST)
Liebes WOODWIND Team, auf unserer AIDA Cruise besuchten wir am 20.11.2012 u.a. Bonaire und haben mit Euch einen superschönen Tag erlebt !! Die Schnorcheltour war für uns ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis auf unserer gesamten Fahrt durch die Karibik. Besonders herzlichen Dank an Dee, die uns im wahrsten Sinne ” an die Hand ” genommen hat. Die Erinnerungsmünzen haben einen besonderen Platz in unserem Zuhause bekommen. In Eurem erfrischend jugendlichen und überaus freundlichem Team haben wir uns jederzeit sicher und gut aufgehoben gefühlt. Ihr macht alle einen tollen Job !! Wir wünschen Euch weiterhin viel Spaß und Glück bei Euren Unternehmungen und vielleicht sehen wir uns einmal wieder… Herzlich Grüße aus Germany senden Sabine & Dieter , Goslar
Sabine & Dieter Mers Goslar, Deutschland Germany – Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 13:57:37 (AST)
OMG! What a wonderful snorkeling experience! Born and raised in Nebraska and now living in Florida I still hadn’t gone snorkeling but 3-4 times over the past 35 years. I felt very safe and Dee helped zip me up to see the turtles when I fell behind looking at something else, she made sure I didn’t miss a thing! What a great time!!! Thank you, Dee, Linda
Linda Scofield Clearwater, Florida USA – Friday, November 02, 2012 at 15:19:47 (AST)
Thanks Dee!!!! Thanks to you I made it! I’ve been in the water and faced my fears.So I saw the turttle and all the beautifull fishes and corals.You were so calm and patient with me. I will never forget that day.
Annelies de Vries Almere, Nederland – Sunday, July 08, 2012 at 18:33:07 (AST)
I´m a danish traveljournalist and I met Dee and Woodwind in September 2010. It was amazing – the best snorkelexperience ever. I have been on many snorkeltrips all over the world – incl. Great Barrier Reef and Egypt – but I had the best experience with Dee. Couldn´t forget the trip and just had to go back. In May 2012 I went back. Tried the night snorkel trip. It´s fantastic. Not scary at all – as you imagine, before you have tried it. We saw a scorpionfish, a turle in his cave, lobsters, spotted drum, porcupinefish, trumpetfish, peacock flounder, needlefishes and incredible sponges under the pier. Try it! I went on a 5 hours trip with Woodwind to Klein Bonaire. We saw so many Hawksbill and Green Turtles we didn´t even count them, squid and a sight I will never forget; two mating Honeycomb Cowfishes. Thanks to Dee, the staff and to Woodwind. Dorte Tegtmeier, Denmark
Dorte Tegtmeier Copenhagen, Denmark – Monday, June 18, 2012 at 13:58:44 (AST)
Thank you crew of the woodwind for an amazing trip today! It was an fantastic experiance swiming with the turtles. Keep up the good work!
Günter en Saskia Alphen, The netherlands – Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 17:26:17 (AST)
very well organized and informative. we enjoyed every moment. we purchased the cd to go along with the pics/video I took – memories for a lifetime! thank you woodwind crew – you rock! *love my turtle necklace!*
Mac and Carol McMasters VA. Beach, VA USA – Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 00:36:31 (AST)
We had a marvelous time on our snorkel cruise and your crew is outstanding. Can’t wait to visit Bonaire again! It was the best snorkeling trip we’ve ever done and the knowledge of the crew was outstanding. Thanks for a great vacation memory! Until we meet again our sincere thanks!
Ted and Gail Ploch Dearborn Heights , Michigan USA – Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 16:09:53 (AST)
We just returned from a cruise that included a stop in Bonaire. Our ship was delayed…but the crew was there at the port and ready for us regardless. We have snorkeled many times before…including the Great Barrier Reef. NEVER BEFORE have we received such outstanding instruction, guidance, education, and service as we did on this snorkel trip.WOW! I don’t think anything will ever reach the level of skill that Dee and the rest of the crew showed us. Having a marine biologist on board to explain what we were seeing was also sooo beneficial. I bought a turtle necklace to support their protection, and still wear it with pride. It reminds me every day of our spectacular experience! Thank you to the crew of the Woodwind!
Susan Hancock West Lafayette, IN USA – Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 19:26:46 (AST)
Hi Dee & crew I would just like to say a great big thank you Dee for the help and suport that you gave to my friend Lyn on her very first snorkling trip,had it not been for you Dee she would have got back on the boat!!! which she did not thanks to you. Lyn said that it was the highlight of her trip and Paul said it was fantastic. Chris and i had the most fantastic time also and we saw so many turtles and other things in the underwater world, it was so good to have someone with us who could tell us the names of things and show us things we would have missed had we been by ourselves. We just wish that we could have spent more time with you and your wonderfull staff on the woodwind. For anyone thinking of doing this trip don’t think anymore JUST BOOK it you will not be disapointed. Once again Dee a very big thank you to you and your great staf from a very cold UK. Aline, Chris, Paul, Lyn 19,1,2012 trip date.
Aline Briffa WREXHAM, UK – Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 07:45:10 (AST)
What can I add to Renny and Shellie’s comments about yesterday’s trip? Only Wow! What a glorious day. Thanks to Ulf, Dee, and all the crew for a fantastic day of snorkeling and sailing. I’m not quite sure how you arranged it, but the octopus out for a stroll along the seafloor, stopping to pose for pictures, was awesome. As always, the crew was friendly, helpful, professional, and very full of fun facts to learn. Thanks for another wonderful day aboard Woodwind!
Susan Davis Hato, Bonaire Dutch Caribbean – Monday, January 30, 2012 at 15:24:20 (AST)
To Dee and the crew of the Woodwind – what is there to say that hasn’t been said before… fabulous, wonderful, splendid, awesome!!!! We had a glorious day out on the Woodwind, including the ‘high seas’ rescue of the stranded sailing guy. We had fun, we learned, we saw new sights, we ate great food, we saw turtles… we can’t say enough how excellent the entire experience was for us. Many thanks to you all for providing such a memorable adventure! Best regards and smooth sailing, Renny and Shellie
Renny Broderick & Shellie Barton Provincetown, MA USA – Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 20:14:18 (AST)
Hallo Dee, nun finde ich endlich auch die Zeit hier unsere Begeisterung für euer Engagement für die Wasserwelt auf Bonaire UND die sehr professionell organisierte Schnorcheltour niederzuschreiben. Wir durften am 20. Dezember 2011 während unserer AIDA-Kreuzfahrt eure Liebe zu eurer Arbeit direkt selbst kennen lernen. Es war ein so wunderschöner Ausflug, ich bin zum ersten Mal geschnorchelt und mir war keine Minute unwohl – ich war einfach hin und weg -und restlos begeistert. Unsere Freunde die mitwaren ebenso. Wir haben eine scheue Wasserschildkröte gesehen – und eine, die für uns sogar aufgetaucht ist und sich eine ganze Weile in unserer Nähe aufhielt. Die vielen Farben unter Wasser, die Fischvielfalt -und ganz besonders euer respektvoller Umgang mit der Natur ist sehr sehr beeindruckend. Dazu das professionelle Equipement, die genaue Einweisung und *grins – nicht zu vergessen die leckere Verpflegung. Wir sind und waren begeistert !! Auch ich habe euch im Aida Fanforum erwähnt und auch die eben erhaltene Mail zur Unterstützung eures Anliegens : http://www.wasserurlaub.info/forum/index.php?form=PostAdd&threadID=218 da eingestellt. Ich werde den “Appeal” nachher noch absenden. Vielen Dank euch Lieben für einen unvergesslich schönen Ausflug. Ganz herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland Brigitte
Harald u. Brigitte Schlachter Kandern, Baden Württemberg Deutschland – Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 16:06:25 (AST)
Me and my wife were cruising over xmas and we decided to book the snorkelling trip on the 26/12/11. My wife is not a strong swimmer and has never snorkelled before so was aprehensive but there was no need to be. All the staff were excellent,helpfull and we had the most fantastic day.This is organised by true professionals who love their job and are so informative. Whatever you age or standard of snorkelling this trip accomodates all. Thank you all for a memorable time. Vicky & Rob
Robert Goodyer Solihull, UK – Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 08:53:33 (AST)
Heeey Dee!!! I have to say that now that our wonderful cruise is over I miss Bonaire the most, one day is deffinately not close to being enough to get to know this wondeful island. I have already started to recommend to all my friends that if they get to go to Bonaire they should look you up for a great experience. Ana Mae and myself would like to thank you for catching us on the peer, it was deffinately the right choice! We loved the hospitality, your team is super humble and likeable. Tell Jojo that I would have loved to stay and gone for BEEEERSSSS. We will surely one day go back so lets try to keep in touch. If by any chance you decide to come to Panama look us up and we will take you to our little paradise. Abrazos desde Panama!!!
Danny and Ana Mae de Mena Panama City, Panama Panama – Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 12:19:48 (AST)
Hallo Dee, es war wirklich ein toller Ausflug mit euch und nur weiter zu empfehlen. Einen entsprechend positiven Kommentar habe ich dazu im AIDA- Forum (www. wasserurlaub.info) geschrieben. Bonaire ist wirklich eine tolle Insel mit vielen netten Menschen und einem tollen Tauchrevier. Schöne Grüße aus Deutschland Sebastian
Sebastian Gera, Thüringen Germany – Friday, January 13, 2012 at 13:28:54 (AST)
Thanks for the FANTASTIC day snorkling at Klein Bonaire!!! We will never forget it : )
Cheri Pearson Smyrna, DE USA – Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 14:02:42 (AST)
We will be returning to Bonaire and have booked our favorite trip with your “Woodwind” again. Can’t wait.
Hilda Wilkesboro, nc usa – Monday, May 16, 2011 at 13:20:24 (AST)
Fantastic snorkel trip! It was so great next time we are in Bonaire we are going to go twice. Knowledgeable guides explained what we were looking at. Turtles were fantastic. Staff made special meal because of my wife’s food allergy. Bring your waterproof camera for pictures.
Kevin Pursley Katy, TX USA – Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 17:19:49 (AST)
As an extremely nervous and reluctant participant, I was not looking forward to the snorkel trip (unlike the others in my group !!) However, Dee has a very calming influence and somehow she got me in the water !! After five minutes I absolutely loved it and would even go as far as to say I was a star pupil in the novice group !!! I would recommend this company 100% Its an experience I will never forget and have a lot to thank Dee for.
Beverly Elliott Bournemouth, UK – Monday, April 18, 2011 at 13:53:14 (AST)
March 2011 To Dee and JoJo Many thanks for our excellent drift snorkelling adventure. We were very grateful that you ran the trip for only the 2 of us and the nice american lady after cruise ship cancelled our tour. we did snorkel in champagne reef (dominica) and cayman islands after your trip but this didnt come close to the hospitality,safety and friendliness that you offered and the marine life that we saw that afternoon. thanks again
andrew and peter manchester, uk – Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 15:33:42 (AST)
Many thanks Di for your helpfulness and patience with two novice snorklers. With your encourgement to snorkel we experienced an unforgettable view of underwater life, we both appreciated all that you tought us and will snorkel again (with the right snorkel and mask of course)Many thanks once again. eryl and lorraine
Lorraine Jones Caernarfon, Gwynedd UK – Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 12:30:32 (AST)
Highlight of my trip, thank you Alicia for the guided tour over the reef, fantastic tour. We visited on 7th January 2011, got married on board Oceania 9th Jan and I still say your snorlel was the highlight of my holiday. Please dont forward this to my Caroline she may not agree. We will be back next year. Best wishes Ian
Ian Geddes Southampton, England – Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 07:08:56 (AST)
D, Jojo, Mark and the rest of the crew: Thank you very much. Me and my family really enjoyed the snorkeling tour, You made us feel safe, and take care of, besides of the fun…I will recommend it 200%! Regards from Panama, Central America.
MEI LIN NG Panama, Panama Panama – Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 18:44:01 (AST)
My husband and I completely enjoyed the snorkling experience with you. It was by far the best experience from our cruise. We absolutely were delighted when we saw all the amazing photos taken by your professional photographer. All we can really say is…IT WAS SPECTACULAR!!!
Maria Esther Mendez Santa Maria, California USA – Monday, February 21, 2011 at 14:29:01 (AST)
Sorry – it was 2011 not 2001. Hope to see you guys again soon.
Shoshana Yaakobi Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada – Friday, February 18, 2011 at 19:01:05 (AST)
Had the pleasure of snorkeling with you on February 3, 2001 – was one of the highlights of my week of cruising. The snorkeling was superb and each and everyone of the staff of Woodwind was amazingly hospitable, knowledgeable and helpful.
Shoshana Yaakobi Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada – Friday, February 18, 2011 at 19:00:01 (AST)
The WOODWIND trip is the best snorkel adventure anyone could ask for. Di and her crew are excellent hosts, sailors, guides and photographers. We also went on Di’s magical night snorkel. Even our wives loved it. From slipper lobsters to iridescent squid it was great. When we return WOODWIND is number one on our bucket list, again.
Mark Wallace Pittsfield, NH USA – Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 15:32:38 (AST)
Have just booked another P&O cruise after 18 months and re-reading my diary had to make sure the ship docked at Bonaire as the snorkelling trip we did was the absolute highlight of the cruise – swimming with turtles etc. and it was the first time I had done it – was so scared and Dee gave me the confidence to do it holding my hand to start with. Our ship will be there in November 2011 and we will be booking as first priority.
Judy Leadbetter Plymouth, Devon England – Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 10:28:21 (AST)
I have just returned from my second trip on the woodwind and can not wait to go again! One more trip before I reluctantly have to go g Home. The entire crew of the Woodwind are so great, they to out of their way to make sure everyone is ok and has a great time.They know where to go to see the spectacular turtles…today there was close to 8!! This trip has been the highlight of this vacation!! Wonderful things to see and great kind people to show them to you Wonderful! Roberta
Roberta Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada – Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 19:14:47 (AST)
We have been coming to Bonaire for 20 years plus but today (13th Oct) was our first trip on the Woodwind. Perfect day & we still learnt more about the island. Why did we not do this trip earlier ? Will be back next Bonaire trip
Bill & Laura Pontin Tamworth, Staffs England – Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 20:34:26 (AST)
A wonderful tour. There is nothing on the island to compare with this tour. The crew treated us like royalty throughout the entire cruise and snorkeling. We had a great time.
Wilbur Lindstrom Summerfield, Florida U.S.A. – Monday, October 11, 2010 at 16:14:16 (AST)
The snorkling was a truly wonderful experience! Parrotfish, angelfish, turtles and so many more colourful creatures – thank you D. 🙂
Maike Grunwald Berlin, Germany – Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 16:48:12 (AST)
did a cruse snorkel with woodwind 3 years ago and had a most wonderful time. very friendly and most professional. you will feel safe and be able to partake in something very amazing, mother earth, at her finniest. go and enjoy !!!!!! chuck
chuck wittig tivoli, ny usa – Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 18:04:44 (AST)
Our 8 year old son Bobby, had a wonderful and unforgettable experience snorkeling and swimming with turtles. The guides, captain and photographer were more than helpful and encouraging. Breno took the extra time to coach Bobby in free diving and as an elementary school principal and parent of a third grader I couldln’t have asked for more! It was the highlight of our visit to Bonaire. Thank you.
Kate Segal Exeter, NH USA – Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 18:08:12 (AST)
This was a great experience. Beats getting teabagged by Howard Stern
Bonne Pingler Provo, UT USA – Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 12:42:29 (AST)
Oi Breno, como vai? Somos o casal de brasileiros que estivemos com vc acho que 25/05/2010, no final de nossa viagem, concluímos que Bonaire é o melhor junto com SANDRES E PROVIDÊNCIA. Obrigada pelo atendimento e o passeio que foi maravilhoso,,,, !!!!! beiju e sucesso, paz e amor.
Andrea Delagnese São Paulo, Brasil – Monday, June 21, 2010 at 18:56:14 (AST)
hola equipo de WOODWIND, somos la familia que los visito el martes 11 de mayo 2010 (oceam dream). Queriamos darles las gracias por permitirle a nuestro hijo de 5 años y a nuestra hija de 15 años, vivir esta experiencia unica de conocer las maravillas bajo el mar en snorkel todos ustedes y en especial a la chica que nos guio en el segundo grupo junto a ti Breno. Los recomendamos por su excelente trato, compromiso y cuidado. Ademas cuentan con equipos en muy buen estado y lo mas importante trabajan con conocimiento lo que hace que cualquier persona se sienta segura durante toda la experiencia. SALUDOS Y MUCHAS FELICIDADES.
ana gomes guayana, bolivar venezuela – Friday, May 14, 2010 at 15:29:00 (AST)
hola, queridos amigos¡ Breno como estas? quiero darte las gracias en mi nombre y el de mi familia por habernos dado las oportunidad de vivir una de las mejores experiencias de nuestras vidas. Realmente lo DISFRUTAMOS, SON UN GRUPO EXCELENTE EN EL CUMPLIMIENTO DE LA OFERTA QUE PROMETEN AL VENDER EL PAQUETE, BRENO TUS INSTRUCCIONES SON EXACTAS Y CLARAS, EL CAPITAN DEL TRIMARAN EXCELENTE, LAS MUCHACHAS QUE NOS GUIARON EN EL AGUA GRACIAS EXCELENTES. Los recordamos con mucho cariño, BONAIRE es lo MAXIMO. un fuerte abrazo desde Venezuela.
ana gomes guayana, bolivar venezuela – Friday, May 14, 2010 at 15:17:21 (AST)
We went on the the snorkel tour on May 7, 2010, our last day on Bonaire, and enjoyed every minute. Very well organised and guided, great & enthusiastic team – all people who love what they do. Thanks Dee, for letting me try one of your masks – more comfortable and no leakage any more! Very impressed by your free diving skills, too. Thanx again, Mark.
Mark Alkmaar, The Netherlands – Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 05:42:32 (AST)
My husband and I went on the morning guided snorkel on April 29, 2010 and it was indeed the highlight of our cruise on the Caribbean Princess. We had no experience with snorkeling when we got on the boat, but with Deidre’s assistance we were fitted with the proper gear, given instruction and had a great time looking at sea turtles, many fish and the coral reef. (I didn’t mention that I’m a non-swimmer and we are 60 years old…it’s never too late to try something new!) The crew is the best!!!!!!! Olivia Grizzle
Olivia Grizzle Alpharetta, GA USA – Friday, May 07, 2010 at 14:10:46 (AST)
Hi De. We enjoyed the snorkeltour so much that I am still dreaming about the eagle ray and turtles daily. Thanks for your help in getting back our masks thao day!!!! Also thanks to Susanna for the fantastic underwater picture CD.. We will be back at the end of May. Trevor also thanks foor your service on board. Fantastic tasteful lunch included. See you De and crew. Love Rob & Anneke
Rob and Anneke Rieval Uithoorn, The Netherlands – Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 05:56:17 (AST)
Thank you Dee for making our afternoon snorkeling excursion one the highlights of our 10 day cruise/island hopping holiday. Your enthusiasm for the sport is infectious. As a novice, I appreciated your thorough instructions, continuing guidance and support when we first got in the water. After a few minutes in the water I forgot about the mechanics of snorkeling and just became entranced by the beauty of the coral, fish, turtles and other sea life. It was an incredible experience, thank you once again to you and your exceptional crew!
Donna Hefferton London, Ontario Canada – Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 20:07:45 (AST)
We have been on a snorkling tour Sunday the 28-3-2010 it was so beautifull and the crue was experriensd if we come to Bonaire again we will go with the Woodwind again Thanks Nelleke and Evert
Nelleke de Vries Voorschoten, Nederland – Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 08:18:28 (AST)
Thx for a great Tour, I enjoy it very much. Greatings from Germany Andreas
Andreas Wuelfrath, NRW Germany – Monday, March 15, 2010 at 12:18:30 (AST)
I contacted Woodwind a week before our cruise. Initially Ulf responded tha they were all booked but then recontacted me to say that tehy were going to have a second boat and woudl be at the dock at 7:30. ure enough De I was traveling with my family, so we had 9 who wanted to snorkel. Ads promised De was on the dock at 7:30 and she was our guide on without a doubt the best snokel expereince we have ever had. Their attention to detail from making sure we wree all fitted correctly with our masks and knew a couple of basic in water hand signs so that we could communicate to after snorkel snakc was unsurpassed. After we returned to the ship, we compared notes with some passengers who had gone with a Princess sponsored trip and clearly we had a superior experience. The reefs and fish were beutiful at Klein Bonaire and the water was crystal clear. We felt entirely safe and were carefuly looked after by De, Laurel, Orlando, and Olivia.
Stephen Jefferson, MA USA – Friday, March 12, 2010 at 10:24:39 (AST)
Our family (9 of us) went on a snorkeling trip with “Dee” and her crew while we were on a cruise. It was one of the most fun and enjoyable things we did on the entire vacation. Woodwind Cruises goes totally above and beyond in what they provide. From the beginning, they provided expert instruction on how to snorkel, including what to do if goggles fog up, how to keep water from getting in, etc. I have been on other snorkel excursions, and I have never gotten such helpful instructions. When we got into the water, “D” was great about diving down to point out specific types of fish and telling us about them. She is truly an expert, and she is happy to share her knowledge. When we got onto the boat, they had wonderful (and plenty of) food and drinks for us at no extra charge. If someone needed to get out of the water for any reason, they were super-responsive and super-quick to help the person get back into the boat. I would recommend Woodwind Cruises to anyone who is going to be in Bonaire and wants to snorkel.
Shane Engel Watertown, MA USA – Friday, March 12, 2010 at 10:07:57 (AST)
Hola a todo el equipo de Woodwind Bonaire. Estuvimos con ustedes el 5 de marzo, fuimos un grupo de 7 familiares y todos estamos super contentos con semejante experiencia. Muchas felicitaciones
Yamiselle Díaz Panama, Panama Panama – Monday, March 08, 2010 at 10:53:57 (AST)
Dear Dee and Team, thanks a lot for the fantastic and unbelievable day on Bonaire. We join your trip on febr. 21th as guests from the Aida Aura. Our first time in snorkeling and so exciting, so so great! Special thanks to Mark for the sailing support, Breno for the nice and funny instructions ( and his lunch) and Zsuzsanna for the fantastic underwater impressions . Hey Dee, go ahead and enjoy the live on Bonaire, success for your team, hope to come back anytime, bye from germany, take care. Carsten & Christel
Carsten Fürth, Bavaria/Germany – Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 07:02:06 (AST)
Recién hace dos días disfrut con mi familia el paseo más espectacular de todo mi crucero Ocean Dream, en lo particular quiero reconocer el excelente trato, desde que nos ofrecieron el tour en el muelle, el recibimiento a bordo, las satisfactorias instrucciones y explicaciones , el buen estado de los equipos, el cuidado dentro del agua, los refrigerios. Demasiado buen servicio, en lo particular deseo al equipo se mantengan unidos y que sean llenos de prosperidad por esa actividad para que la sigan ejecutando con tanto esmero.
Rafael González Quiroz Guanta, Anzoátegui Venezuela – Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 15:06:43 (AST)
Hola , hace unos pocos dias tome su tour de snorkel , fue fantastico… realmente maravilloso… vale la pena. Me gustaria que subieran las fotos , el paseo fue el viernes, llegamos desde un crucero de royal caribbean.
roberto santiago, chile – Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 21:29:45 (AST)
Fantastic shore excursion-drift snorkeling was great…lots to see and Dee made sure everyone-experienced or less so had great time,and was safe. Relaxing beautiful day-highly recommend, hope to be back soon
jon and joanne Goffstown , NH USA – Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 12:38:03 (AST)
Don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel Klein Bonaire with Woodwind! Dee and her crew are skilled, professional, warm, hospitable and fun. They go the extra mile to cater to the needs of each individual and assure that the trip is enjoyable, educational and safe for all. I was so pleased that I went out with them twice in my week on Bonaire. I recommend them highly!
Saadia Boise, ID U.S. – Sunday, February 07, 2010 at 00:21:28 (AST)
Brilliant! We were a little nervous and inexperienced but Dee and her crew took such great care of us and gave us the most wonderful experience. We saw hundreds of fish – all shapes/sizes and colours – and many turtles. Definitely the highlight of our Sea Princess Cruise.
Jenny Glasson Lincoln, England – Wednesday, February 03, 2010 at 06:25:25 (AST)
We’ve already read good things about Woodwind’s snorkel tour in Bonaire and we were looking forward to do it. It was probably the best tour we took in our 7 night cruise through the Caribbean! Dee and Breno were really helpful and it didn’t matter if you were new in business or a really experienced snorkeler, they handled it extremely well!
Flavio Carvalho Sao Paulo, SP Brazil – Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 16:33:01 (AST)
By far the best snorkling I’ve ever done. This group is top notch and professional. The price is extremely fair and their equipment is very good. The “float as you” go with the tide makes it very easy and there were thousands of fish and at least 9 turtles. We bought the pictures from the photographer that dives with each group. They are a wonderful addition to our album. Thanks again. Everyone, SIGN UP!
Bonnie Burlington, NC USA – Monday, January 25, 2010 at 23:15:06 (AST)
Hola Breno!!! Muchas gracias por la experiencia de conocer las maravillas de Bonaire bajo el agua, no se compara con ningún otro destino para hacer snorkel. Un abrazo. Diego P. Enchantament of the Sea Enero 08 de 2010
Diego Bogotá, Colombia – Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 17:51:25 (AST)
Visitamos el 05 de Enero del 2010 Bonaire y tomamos este magnífico crucero con mi esposa y mis dos hijos, la priemra vez que hacíamos snorkel y fue estupendo, el guía es excelente instructor y nos llevó por más de 1 hora bajo el agua, pudimos ver barracudas, tortugas, morenas, y peces de diferentes colores. Fue maravilloso!! Muchas gracias!
carlos saboya bogota, cundinamarca colombia – Monday, January 11, 2010 at 13:26:55 (AST)
Wonderful!! For a person who is terrified of the water, using a mask and snorkel, afraid to do new things….I had an amazing trip to snorkel! I was safe, listened to and watched very carefully while in the water. Drifting was great, I didn’t have to do anything but be in the water. I actually saw ten turtles and a Dorie fish. My thanks for a wonderful, wonderful experience.
Melody Riddell Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada – Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:55:28 (AST)
My wife and I had a wonderful time on 17th November 2009 when we visited on the Sea Princess. Best underwater views I have ever seen. All the crew were outstanding and we had the best time ever. Looking forward to the next time. Aidan & Diane Jones, UK
Aidan Jones Wolverhampton, West Midlands United Kingdom – Monday, December 07, 2009 at 19:15:55 (AST)
Dee, Thanks again for a marvelous afternoon of drift snorkeling (Nov 30, 2009). Seeing not one but four turtles was probably the high point of the trip. This was my third time on the Woodwind and I’m looking forward to a fourth on my next visit to Bonaire.
Jonathan R Bolton Quakertown, PA USA – Monday, December 07, 2009 at 13:27:52 (AST)
Its impossible NOT to love this tour! I was in Bonaire because my husband was on a scuba trip and not being a swimmer or diver wasn’t expecting to do anything but relax. Luckily I found Woodwind tours! Even though I’m a very weak swimmer, Dee and her team were so accomodating and helpful it was really easy to do. I felt like I was in a gigantic aquarium. It was absolutely wonderful. Fern
Fern Cunningham New York, New York United States – Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 14:30:56 (AST)
As a frequent Woodwind-er I can honestly say that the snorkel tour provided by Dee and her crew is a must for any Bonaire visitor. I enjoy introducing first time guests at our Lighthouse Beach Resort villa to the Woodwind guided snorkel. It is the best value on the island. Also, a big thanks to Ulf for coming to our rescue when our rental truck battery went dead and we almost missed our trip. See you again soon.
Buddy Voelkel Madison, MS USA – Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 16:19:24 (AST)
Hi Dee and Marc, Thanks for two great snorkels. Hope to come back to Bon Aire with my dad sometime again so we can go for another trip on the woodwind, as long as the boat is close to my dad otherwise i think he will chicken out of snorkeling.
Alexander Watts Vejle, Judland Denmark – Friday, October 16, 2009 at 20:20:36 (AST)
Very well done. Thank you.
Raphael Satnore New York, NY USA – Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 09:09:08 (AST)
HI Dee and crew. What a wonderful time I had today aboard the Woodwind. It was an experience and adventure even for myself that lives here on the island ! Happy sails, JP
JP Kralendijk, Bonaire – Wednesday, October 07, 2009 at 20:11:06 (AST)
Hi, Dee, Tina and Ulf Skipper! We had a great day on your trimaran, very instructive and a feast on our eyes. Never seen so such beauty and so many different reef fish, even a small barracuda! Dee, you made life very easy for a first-time snorkel, thanks very much!! All crew, thanks for a wonderful experience. Hope to see you again for a night-trip.
Maarten & Joke Woerden, Holland – Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 18:10:16 (AST)
Hi Dee & Ulf. Judy and I will be back to Bonaire the 2nd and 3rd weeks of January, 2010. Jim and Sullivan will also join us. We are really looking forward to some more great trips with you guys.
George Blanchard Salem, SC USA – Friday, September 04, 2009 at 12:27:17 (AST)
Hi Dee. Thanks for a lovely, unforgetable afternoon last Monday, snorkelling with the crowd from Sorobon Beach. It was the highlight of my too brief holiday on Bonaire, and so I’ll be back asap this time to do the night cruise, the sunset cruise, AND the nude cruise again! Thanks for helping me with the leaking facemask and the problems caused my my moustache! I guess I’ll just have to shave like everyone else!
Julian Haughley, Stowmarket, Suffolk UK – Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 10:10:55 (AST)
Many thanks for making Bonaire our favorite stop. We were on the Caribbean Princess, the last ship for the season. My sister was very frightened to snorkel and Dee was so sweet and patient and helpful to her. Checked on her continually, came back to hold her hand and help her paddle back to the boat when she realized she was tiring. You and Tina did a wonderful job. Great attention to detail, making sure masks fit, etc., good equipment. I put a good mention in for you on Cruise Critic. Hope it sends people your way. Hope to see you again someday in beautiful Bonaire.
Joanie and Rolf/Judy and Steve Big Canoe, GA USA – Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 22:01:38 (AST)
Dear Woodwind Crew! Here is another *****rating for an outstanding performance from amazed customers! Our spontanous decision to go with you on woodwind was the best in our holiday! Dee and Tina, our very sympatic and professional snorkel guides made this experience a wonderful one and we enjoyed this unique underwater world to the full. For us as experienced sailors it was nice to spend the day on a trimaran. Thank you very much for making us so sure to become a real scuba diver! Greetings from Doris & Thorsten
Doris & Thorsten Frankfurt am Main, Germany – Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 13:12:11 (AST)
I have snorkeled a few times before and have to say that the Woodwind tour was by far the most informative/professional group I have gone with. I missed my original tour Thursday April 16th and boy was I glad when we were able to join this group. Overall it was an excellent day and there was so much to see. I believe I saw 7 or more sea turtles and they were close up. Thanks again for making our cruise stop in Bonaire the best snorkel experience I have had. I hope to be back soon
Sherry Rogers Calgary, AB Canada – Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 17:35:10 (AST)
What a wonderful experience on the Woodwind! I was recently in Bonaire, from a cruise ship and had an awesome time with Dee and her crew. My first time snorkeling (what a place to try a first!). Dee was so great at helping out, pointing out the sea life, making “first-timers” feel safe, etc. One of the most awesome experiences I’ve ever had. Thanks!
Toni Bay City, MI US – Monday, April 20, 2009 at 19:35:40 (AST)
We thoroughly enjoyed our snorkel tour with you in March. When we shared details of our snorkel experience with others on our cruise ship, they were very jealous of the personal experience we received while on your catamaran. We will definitely recommend you to everyone we know!!
Mary & Bob Kingshott Zeeland, MI United States – Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 21:11:54 (AST)
Our family of 5 went on a drift snorkel with Woodwind. We had the best time ever. Dee has eyes like a hawk for every underwater creature. She dove down and pointed everything out to us.The fitting of the mask, fins and snorkel were key for a successful day on the water. The time taken to complete this task made all the difference. We only had a day since we were in Bonaire on a cruise ship but I would love to spend a week diving and snorkeling with Woodwind.Very professional and dependable. Thank you for a fabulous experience!
Linda W. Gelineau Unionville, CT – Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 12:54:42 (AST)
To anyone who goes to Bonaire please look up the Woodwinds for snorkeling or scuba. Dee you did a wonderful job as our tour guide and teacher. We had an absolute blast. I was a lifeguard for years and when I first got in the water I panicked I don’t know why but you were able to calm me down and I was able to do this amazing trip. Thank you so much from the 3 Canadian Sisters.
Teresa Osmond Fergus, Ontario Canada – Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 01:47:38 (AST)
Hi Dee, We arrived with the AIDA AURA on 23-2-2009. Aida Fans: you have to book this tour. Dee will pick you up at the end of the pier, its 5 minutes walk to the boat and we paid usd 45 each (incl all drinks). Never snorkelt!! Do this tour, they show you how its done. Its not only for young people and you will never ever forget what you see!
piet & rosalyn vermeer Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands – Saturday, March 07, 2009 at 04:57:44 (AST)
The very best snorkeling trip ever! It was the highlight of our trip, and we’re definately coming back. Thanks, Dee. Arthur & Susie
Arthur & Susie Rolston Los Angeles, CA USA – Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 14:06:56 (AST)
Hallo Ulf, hallo Dee Der Ausflug mit Euch war super schön. Wir waren alle total begeistert. Der Service und die Betreuung an Bord war einmalig. Ebenfalls habt ihr uns durch Eure Professionlität so tolle Fische und auch die Schildkröten gezeigt, die wir mit Sicherheit selbst nicht gesehen hätten. Auch die Aufteilung mit den 2 Gruppen Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene war super.Es war einer unserer schönsten Ausflüge auf der Tour. Vielen Dank für den schönen Tag.Wir empfehlen Euch gerne weiter. Liebe Grüße Michela
Michaela Essen, Germany – Monday, February 16, 2009 at 18:33:29 (AST)
Hallo Ulf, hallo Dey Der Ausflug mit Euch war super schön. Wir waren alle total begeistert. Der Service und die Betreuung an Bord war einmalig. Ebenfalls habt ihr uns durch Eure Professionlität so tolle Fische und auch die Schoildkröten gezeigt, die wir mit sicherheit selbst nicht gesehen hatten. Auch die Aufteilung mit den 2 Gruppen Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene war super.Es war einer unserer schönsten Ausflüge auf der Tour. Vielen Dank für den schönen Tag.Wir empfehlen Euch gerne weiter. Liebe Grüße Michela
Michaela Essen, Germany – Monday, February 16, 2009 at 18:31:31 (AST)
Thanks Dee. I’d been taking my wife Judy to the Med for 9 years and she would never get her head under the water! With your encouragement she’s now a veteran (69!) snorkeller. Great trip. Terry
Terry Yealmpton, Plymouth, Devon UK – Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 12:29:45 (AST)
WOW, What a snorkel trip. Dedrie did an awesome job of pointing out all the different marine life. She was so accomondating to everyone. This was an unbelievable adventure and thanks for taking us on it. I thought snorkeling in the Caymans was awesome. Dedrie topped that trip 100x’s over. If you go to Bonaire please look for Dedrie right outside the gates. She is the beautiful woman holding the sign for Woodwind Cruises.
Maureen Glen Mills, PA USA – Tuesday, February 03, 2009 at 13:37:43 (AST)
Hello Dee and Ulf, Thank you so much for a wonderful snorkeling trip!! Our group had a wonderful time and we got to see lots of neat fish and turtles. You were most accomodating and very knowledgable of the sea life. When and if we get back to Bonaire, we will definately look you up again. Have a great year. Thanks, Paul and Sue Burns
susan burns richmond, va usa – Sunday, February 01, 2009 at 21:44:43 (AST)
Our experience on your ship snorkeling was the best ever. The concept of “drift snorkeling” was great for my husband who has stamina problems. You folks were professional, encouraging and had the best equipment. We told everyone we me on other ships going in your direction to be sure and look for you to go snorkeling. Thank you so much. Beverlee
Beverlee George Manassas, Virginia USA – Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 12:46:24 (AST)
Hi! We docked in Bonaire on Tha Sea Princess on January 7 2009 and the four of us really enjoyed the snorkeling and seeing the turtles and other marine life in bonaire .Thanks to all the crew who made it a day to remember. Thanks a lot! Graham Legg, and gang from Wimborne In Dorset. United Kingdom
Graham Legg Wimborne, Dorset United Kingdom – Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 06:23:36 (AST)
Thank you so much Dee for the highlight trip of our entire cruise. We came to Bonaire from The Sea Princess on the 7th January 2009. The whole excursion was so pleasurable we in our party all enjojed every moment. Your knowledge of the sea life was amazing and informative. I would definately reccomend anybody visiting Bonaire to snorkle with Dee and her crew. The ultimate for me was the company I had when a turtle swam with me it was unbelievable.
Tricia Penney Poole, Dorset England – Monday, January 19, 2009 at 17:51:31 (AST)
We visited Bonaire on December 27, 2008, and had a fabulous time! The scenery was fantastic – my whole family was thrilled to be able to snorkel with sea turtles. The crew was extremely attentive – some of the most experienced crew we’ve ever snorkeled with. They worked a lot with my 6 year old daughter, who was apprehensive at first. They even fit my Dad and Uncle, who both have mustaches, with masks that didn’t leak. A first!!! Also, plenty of drink and a fabulous lunch. We loved the drift snorkel idea – so much easier than fighting those currents. One suggestion from us northerners who aren’t used to the scorching equatorial sun – reapply your sunscreen BETWEEN the two snorkel stops. With the breeze on the boat, we didn’t realize how strong the sun really was, and a few in our group had pink backs. However, even with that, it was still the best snorkeling experience we have ever had. Bravo!
Amy L. & Family Columbus, Ohio USA – Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 20:41:39 (AST)
Bonaire is one of the remaining truly beautiful Caribbean islands. The two dives with fantastic underwater views of coral and marine life. To top things off plenty of food and drinks of choice with practiced attention by the crew to all of those on the tour. An absolutely incredible day of snorkeling, one of the best I’ve ever had – and we live in Florida. The boat and the tour operation is to be commended. De and her crew maintian a safe dive while creating a most pleasant atmosphere, all of this is done with Caribbean ease. No problems at all to do this one again, right now would be good.
Brooks Powell Brandon, Florida U.S.A. – Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 08:08:43 (AST)
I took both a snorkeling cruise and a sunset cruise on a recent visit to Bonaire. Diedre is an excellent skipper/hostess. The undersea scenery is fantastic!
Jonathan Bolton Quakertown, PA USA – Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 23:07:11 (AST)
we had a fantastic time on the 28/11/08. EVERYBODY on the boat was so helpful,friendly,accomodating,on our 14 day honeymoon this was one of the best days and experiences- we’re sure Dee was a mermaid in a previous life. could you E-mail me and tell me how I could view the photo’s from our trip if you see this-thanks x
jason hatwell chelmsford, essex england – Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 19:32:21 (AST)
Hello Ulf! Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit to Bonaire and especially our sailing/snorkeling trip on the Woodwind on November 14, 2008. Bonaire is absolutely beautiful and the excursion was truly one of the high points of our 10-day Caribbean cruise. Dee and Tina (?) were such gracious hosts and fantastic guides on the drift snorkeling. We have snorkeled at many reefs around the world and have never before been accompanied by a guide who would snorkel along with us and identify all of the beautiful marine life we were observing. The water was also unusually clear and the sights were just amazing. The boat itself was wonderful too, as were the plentiful drinks and food! We also loved that Nina from Capture Photo was able to accompany us on the trip and take so many cool underwater photos. We did not want our day in Bonaire to end, but with our purchase of the full disk of photos from our Woodwind trip, we will never forget our great time there. Thanks and best wishes, Doug Bates Brian Russell Tampa, Florida (please feel free to use this testimonial on your websites)
Doug Bates Tampa, Fl usa – Monday, November 24, 2008 at 18:31:05 (AST)
Hi Dee and Ulf! I just wanted to take a minute and write you a line telling you how much we appreciated our trip with you. Each year I lead a group of friends on trips around the Caribbean and each year I am tasked with the job of finding great excursions. Finding you guys was by far one of my greater accomplishments. From the time we stepped on board to the time we dis-embarked, we were treated with complete professionalism and superior customer service. The snorkeling was awesome and much more educational than any trip I have taken in the past. My guests, all 23 of them, could not stop commenting on how much they enjoyed the 2 snorkel stops and the food. From the swimming with Stingrays and Turtles to the rum punches and superior snorkeling gear, we simply and utterly were thrilled. Thank you again and if anyone wants to contact me about our experience, please feel free to do so. If you have kids, this is a must!!!!!!!!! If you are going to Bonaire, you have to experience it on the Woodwind! Sal Dragone Our trip was on November 6, 2008
Sal Dragone Mullica Hill, PA USA – Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 10:52:43 (AST)
we wanted to again thank you all for a extremely wonderful time snorkeling with the Woodwind. this was an experience we will never forget. your hospitality and knowledge was extraordinary! we would highly recommend the Woodwind to anyone, knowing that they are the BEST! thanks again, Dee and all her crew. hope to see you all again soon.
Linda Montgomery Fort Pierce, Florida U.S.A. – Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 13:16:02 (AST)
SWEETEST DEE, TRIED TO E-MAIL BEFORE BUT DID NOT KNOW IF YOU GOT THE MAIL. THAT WAS AROUND X-MAS AND STILL HAVE SOME DVD’S FOR THE KIDS ETC SO I HOPE YOU WILL GET THIS. WE WENT ON MANY TRIPS SINCE WE WERE WITH YOU IN BONAIRE BUT WOODWIND IS STILL BEST. WE WERE ON THE AMAZON RIVER, IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS AND ARE STILL SPENDING TIME IN GRAND CAYMAN, THE A CRUISE AROUND SOUTH AMERICA. THE KIDS MUST BE BIG BY7 NOW AND HELP ON YOUR WONDERFUL SNORKEL TRIPS. I STILL CLOSE MY EYES AND SEE YOUR FAMILY AND BOAT THAT ULF BUILT. I HOPE WE WILL SOON GET BACK TO BONAIRE. WRITE BACK WITH MAILING ADDRESS. LOVE YA….M@M
maxene and murray chassin roslyn, ny usa – Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 23:32:16 (AST)
We did your Sorobon trip on April 28, 2008 and it was great. Dee was a great hostess and tour guide. Watching her point out items of interest 20 feet down was amazing. We also loved how you handled a family with three small children. Two even went snorkeling on the back of your helper! Thanks
Kay & David Ossining, NY USA – Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 14:07:01 (AST)
Dee & Company, Thanks so much for a fun-filled day of excitement and adventure ! We had a great time during our brief visit to Bonaire on the Crown Princess on April 16, and we owe that all to you and the staff of the Woodwind, Alex & Anushka (Hope I spelled it right). The world you opened up to us with the daytrip left us longing for a lot more Bonaire, now I want to come back and spend a week so we can snorkel some more and I can do some diving too . . . The cruise on the Woodwind was one of the biggest highlights of our vacation and that says a lot for being away from home for 3 weeks, you and your crew made us feel very welcome and right at home . . . Thanks so much for a great memory and we’ll look forward to sailing/snorkeling again with you on our next trip to Bonaire !
Jorge De La Cerda Covina, CA U.S.A. – Friday, May 02, 2008 at 11:15:19 (AST)
Thanks Dee for a great time snorkelling on April 2, 2008. We had an awesome afternoon of fun! Thanks
Darlene and Darrell Hobbs Kitchener, Ontario Canada – Friday, April 11, 2008 at 16:22:09 (AST)
Dear Dee and Ulf, We would like to thank you for the wonderful time on board Windwood a week ago. Dee, I would like to thank you for helping me to snorkle. Normally I cannot swim on my chest, since my legs are fully disabled. But you found a solution for me. I have experienced the wonderful underwater world of Bonaire. Unfortunately I did catch a cold during the last snorkle and a proposed night snorkle was not possible during this stay at Bonaire. I hope we will meet next year again!
Rob and Joke Taal Limbricht, Netherlands – Sunday, June 03, 2007 at 15:09:45 (AST)
Hi! We really enjoyed the half day snorkeling to Andrea 1 and 2. Specially the turtles were very cool! It was very relaxing to sail on your Trimaran. Thanks a lot! Erik and Jetske
Erik & Jetske Alkmaar, Netherlands – Friday, April 06, 2007 at 11:48:08 (AST)
Dear Dee and Ulf, I always enjoy my sailing and snorkeling excursions on Woodwind. I’m looking forward to the next one soon!
Susan Davis Hato, Bonaire N.A. – Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 12:29:18 (AST)
DEE ULF AND BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, IT WAS SO WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU ALL, AND MEET NICOLE FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND REFLECT THEIR FAMILY UPBRINGING. THE SNORKELS WERE FIRST RATE, AND WE DID SEE ALOT OF BEAUTIFUL FISH AND CORAL. DEE IS THE BEST TEACHER AND GUIDE, BUT I CAN’T RAVE ENOUGH ABOUT MY FIRST NIGHT SNORKEL.. WE SAW A LOT THAT YOU DON’T SEE DURING THE DAY. DEE I JUST READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT USUNG TOOTHPASTE FOR ALL KINDS OF STINGS, TO HELP STOP PAIN. WE’RE FINE AND SPOKE TO KOHNS WHEN WE GOT HOME. TILL WE SEE YOU GUYS AGAIN. LOVE MAXENE AND MURRAY
MAXENE CHASSIN ROSLYN, NY USA – Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 19:26:22 (AST)
HI KIDS, WE WILL BE DOWN TO BONAIRE SAT. DEC 1 WE WILL BE IN TOUCH AND BOOK SOME SNORKELS. FROM THE COMMENTS, THERE IS A NEW ADDITION. CAN YOU ANSWER FAST TODAY, NOW, 11AM SO I CAN BRING SOME TREATS FOR ALL THREE KIDS. TELL ME THEIR SIZES AND DVD,SOME OTHER THOUGHTS? LAST YEAR WE BOTH HAD ACCIDENTS AND HAD TO CANCEL ALL WINTER PLANS. WE ARE SURE MAKING UP FOR MISSED VACATIONS. CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL. WE JUST MISSED THE KOHNS IN BONAIRE. I’M SURE THAT YOU SAW THEM. WE WILL BE AT SAND DOLLAR APT 7. LOVE MAXENE AND MURRAY CHASSIN
MAXENE @MURRAY CHASSIN ROSLYN, N.Y. USA – Friday, December 01, 2006 at 12:13:36 (AST)
Dear Dee&Ulv, The second time was even better! Marianne, Laurent, Martijn, Leonie and of course myself, we enjoyed the easy and informative way you make people fall in love with the wonderful caribean (see-)world. Take care, and Dee…… good luck with nr.3! (and you too Ulv, of course)See you next year. L+M+L+M+L
Luuk van Leeuwen Hattem, Gelderland The Netherlands – Monday, February 27, 2006 at 04:50:37 (AST)
Echt tolle Seite. Da bekommt man Lust auf Karibik…Gruß fks
Franz Schneider Kappelrodeck, Germany – Friday, February 10, 2006 at 13:07:10 (AST)
Dear Owners of the Woodwind, We thank you for the fine day we had on your catamaran. We enjoyed the trip to little Bonaire and the other place where we snorkeled. When we come again to Bonaire we will spend another day with you. We tell friends and college’s that the must spend a day with you. Hopefully every thing is alright with the kids and the coming baby. Happy 2006 Best regards Henk and Margareth, Holland
Margareth Zoeteman Ridderkerk, The Netherlands – Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 06:11:41 (AST)
Hi Ulf, Dee and boys we will arrive there on Feb 12 and hope to see you Is there anything you need?? We will, of course, want to do a barbe and maybe something new Merry Christmas.
Beverly Fillio Sanford, NC USA – Friday, December 16, 2005 at 03:05:10 (AST)
WE ENJOYED RELAXING ON THE WOODWIND. FOR THE PRICE YOU CAN’T BEAT KICKING BACK AND SAILING AROUND THE ISLAND. JUST LIKE REAL SAILORS IN PARADISE. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.
JANE MARIE GARCHINSKY WOBURN, MA USA – Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 20:01:06 (AST)
Hi De and Ulf!! Hope things are going well with you! Just wanted to say hi! ..and to let you know that we still have dreams about being back in Bonaire! It was all wonderful, but the snorkeling trips, day and night, really stand out even now! Hopefully we’ll see you again before too long! Lots of love!
Marty San Francisco, Ca. USA – Sunday, October 02, 2005 at 04:01:09 (AST)
Hi De and Ulf, We had a great time on the Woodwind and can’t wait until our return visit. You can see our pictures at http://www.sunnytripreports.com/bonaire/featured/woodwind.shtml. You two offer a nice personal touch that is oftentimes lost on most snorkel trips. Thanks again.
David Shroyer Dixon, CA US – Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 18:26:26 (AST)
Hi De and Captain Ulf We had a great time with you in April ’04 on a day trip and the night snorkel. My 11 and 12 year old boys did extremely well on the trips, better than I’d hoped for. My youngest still talks about taking the helm on the way back and the extra ride we had in the skiff. We’ve been counting down the days (since October) til we arrive again 4-16-05. We excitedly look forward to sailing with you both again. Jeff and Karen Welch
Jeff Welch Somers, Ct USA – Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 15:24:09 (AST)
I just returned from a Sunday full-day sail and snorkel with Ulf and his crew! What a fantastic day! Great sailing, great snorkeling, great food, and great company! Thank you for a wonderful day.
S. Davis Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles – Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 16:45:04 (AST)
My boyfriend John and I went on a drift snorkel when were in Bonaire just before Christmas. I can’t went to go snorking with Dee again! She is a lovely, knowledgible, personable, woman who is dedicated to pointing out everything she sees to her customers. I’d highly recommend the drift snorkel to Klein Bonaire and the night snorkel. Knowing how nervous I was about the night snorkel, Dee kept me under her wing.
Sue Steiner Mystic, CT USA – Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 19:22:05 (AST)
We have been with Dee on the BBQ trip, night snorkel, and day snorkel in 2003 and 2004- can’t wait to join in again this summer.
Gail Mornhinweg Louisville, KY USA – Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 17:06:02 (AST)
The crew of the woodwind were excellent and my wife and I highly recommend them. Dee is amazing at spotting the underwater wildlife of Bonaire! Dee was even able to help my wife out with some sea-sickness, and help me identify some of the more unique creatures I encountered on our journey in Bonaire.
Kurt Herdman Chicago, IL USA – Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 20:48:50 (AST)
Great! Found the picture we sent to you on your WEB. We will go for Sorobon 16th of February and stay until the 3rd of March. Of course we want to sail with you again. We really look forward to meet you. See you. Tom and Gorel.
Tom and Gorel Cramer Lidingo, Sweden – Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 11:06:40 (AST)
We will be there soon and I want to do the barbe and the evening snorkel and since we will be there a month I think we will have the time Very excited to see you all and hear of all the new sitings. Need anything???
Beverly Fillio EAST KINGSTON , NH USA – Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 02:50:27 (AST)