350 Cubic Meters!!!! And counting......
Clean Up Dive April 2017
105 volunteers helped to clean up under the South Pier. Over 700 kg of rubbish and 1 km of fishing line was taken from the reef.
16 April 2017
An Easter morning well spend on the east coast. Instead of looking for Easter eggs Fee and Veer decided to pick up some plastic.
18 March 2017
Nice haul of plastic from the east coast! Thanks!!
3 January 2017
Hard working Hanneke and Richard won't STOP until ALL of Boca Onima is clean!!! They made two trips - ROCK STARS of the ENVIRONMENT!!!
9 July 2016
Awesome Clean Up Dive with 121 volunteers and 2,491 items of marine debris removed!!
24 March 2016
The plastic keeps on washing ashore and our fabulous volunteers keep on collecting! Please keep up the good work! 260 cubic meters!
2 February 2016
Thank goodness we have more and more volunteers, because the ocean is bringing more and more plastic to our shores. The 10 cubic meter container has been filled for the first time this year! You can reduce your plastic consumption with a re-usable water bottle!
23 January 2016
Making Bonaire Debris Free underwater with a Dive Against Debris!!!! Dive Friends Bonaire has been hosting our world famous quarterly underwater clean-up for over 10 years. Saturday, January 23, 2016 we’re proud to say that had the biggest turnout EVER with 135 volunteer divers! We also had additional on-land support teams of the Dive Friends Bonaire crew to help divers in and out of the water and our non-diving team to sort and count the estimated 1 ton of garbage collected!
28 December 2015
These are not the toys we want for Xmas! Thank you volunteers for giving Bonaire the gift of a debris free beach and filling the container for the last time in 2015, 240 times in total = 240 cubic meters of plastic debris removed!!!
15 November 2015
Bottles and caps and shoes, oh my! Who knows what else you'll find when you volunteer for a Debris Free Bonaire! 230 loads of plastic make a difference!
18 October 2015
On Saturday, October 18, we had 116 volunteers join us at Dive Friends @ Dive Inn for the last quarterly clean up dive of 2015 under South Pier. There was plenty of trash to remove including: 365 glass bottles, 398 glass fragments, 154 plastic fragments, 90 plastic cups, 424 pieces of dangerous fishing line, 29 ropes, and much much more.
27 September 2015
Single use water bottles are definitely the biggest culprit! 220 cubic meters!
18 July 2015
Over 95 volunteers turned up to clean underwater under the Town Pier. 1,063 pieces of marine debris were removed (and a good time was had by all) Check out the video here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5mEXXBn6yM
7 May 2015
Three generations of the van der Kroft/Kleijwegt family helped to make a Debris Free Bonaire! From Grandpa Henk to little 4 year old Remo - they all worked very hard to fill an entire truck load of marine debris! Way to go Henk, Monica, Robin, Alex, Lara and Remo!!!
11 April 2015
A successful clean up dive under Bonaire's South Pier! 117 volunteers removed 987 items of marine debris!
16 March 2015
Another container filled thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers! Please make sure that you stop for pictures when you're dropping off your plastic so that we can post your photos here!
5 Jan 2015
AMAZING!!!! This is a record for Debris Free Bonaire - the 10 cubic meter container was filled in only one WEEK!!! That's the 20th time that it's been filled, totaling 200 cubic meters (7,063 cubic feet) of marine plastic debris removed from the environment.
3 Jan 2015
Wow! We're really starting 2015 right! So many volunteers are helping to make a Debris Free Bonaire, having fun and getting the chance to win 7 nights at Villa Makoshi and 6 days of shore diving with Dive Friends Bonaire. Thanks everybody!
29 Dec 2014
YEAH!!!! Today we filled the container for the 19th time. That's 190 cubic meters (6,709.79 cubic feet) of marine plastic removed by YOU, our volunteers! Thank you so much for giving us the gift of a clean beach. Now let's try to hit 20x! And make a New Year's resolution to reduce, reuse and recycle.
25 Dec 2014
So many people are taking time on their holiday to give Bonaire the gift of a clean coastline!! They've also been entered to win a free week for two at Villa Makoshi Penthouse & 6 days of unlimited shore diving with Dive Friends Bonaire!
12 December 2014
Samantha, Larry & Robin cleaned up 9 bags today! Great work!!!
18 October 2014
117 volunteers cleaned up under the South Pier and collected 1,304 items of marine debris. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ-hVV3XhZw
12 July 2014
We had a fantastic and successful clean up dive thanks to all of our younger volunteers like the STINAPA Junior Rangers and the Road Less Traveled. 119 volunteers removed over 1,308 items of marine debris from around the Town Pier of Kralendijk. Enjoy the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICecbvsGcwQ
22 May 2014
Angie and company from the Dive Outfitters in Edmonton, Canada brought 24 volunteers to fill up a few truckloads of marine debris. They are return divers, so this time they came prepared with gloves and a "pick-up-stick." Great idea! Thanks for your help! If you live in their area and want to come along on their next group trip to Bonaire, check them out here: http://www.thediveoutfitters.ca/
19 May 2014
Great news! Not only has the Debris Free Bonaire container been filled 16 times (making the total amount of collected debris 160 cubic meters or 5,650 cubic feet) but we've received our new re-usable recycled water bottles! The tap water on Bonaire is safe to drink and sadly, a lot of what we're collecting from our eastern coastline are single use plastic water bottles. Be part of the solution! The $5 purchase price goes to support our program BUT if you're a volunteer, you'll only pay $4 (with a bag of collected debris).
19 April 2014
What a great clean up dive! 77 volunteers collected 1,494 items of marine debris from underneath the South Pier of Kralendijk, including a lot a dangerous fishing line.
Plastic debris keeps on coming to the container....but it's like invisible elves are bringing it...they don't stop for pictures!!! Thank you mystery volunteers!
12 Feb 2014
The container's been filled for the 15th time! 150 cubic meters cleared - way to go everybody!!!!
11 Jan 2014
Our quarterly clean up dive was a great success with 112 volunteers collecting over 2,771 items of debris from around Karel's Pier. Thanks to all participants!
5 Jan 2014
What a great way to start off the New Year! After a fantastic week of diving, the Rochester Institute of Technology dive group headed east to work on making Bonaire debris free!
11 Dec 2013
It was an amazing day! Twenty crew members from the Holland America cruise ship Noordam volunteered for a beach clean up for Debris Free Bonaire. Instead of resting and relaxing from their busy schedule, they were up bright and early to head over to the east coast. THEY FILLED THE ENTIRE DEBRIS FREE BONAIRE CONTAINER IN ONE HOUR!!!!! Come back anytime!
6 Dec 2013
Martin de Roo is an ocean hero! 21 bags removed all on his own!!! 130 cubic meters cleared in total!
20 Nov 2013
It's incredible! The container has been filled up AGAIN! That's 120 cubic meters (4,237.76 cubic feet)!
10 Nov 2013
The plastic keeps on floating up....and pouring into our container thanks to all of our (sometimes invisible) volunteers 110 cubic meters/3,884 cubic feet of marine plastic removed! We've come a long way since our very first bag!
7 Nov 2013
Wow! Respect to Southeastern Divers, Inc! Their group of 18 divers collected 40 bags of marine debris in 45 minutes!
27 Oct 2013
It's official! Debris Free volunteers have cleared over 100 cubic meters of plastic debris from the east coast of Bonaire. Thank you for all of your help! Now let's work for 200!!!!
14 Oct 2013
Kelle Fitzpatrick and Randy Parker made an awesome video to challenge their friends on their next vacation! Will you accept Kelle's challenge to give back a bit of your time to help Bonaire? We promise...it's fun!
12 Oct 2013
108 volunteers helped to clean up Te Amo Beach and collected 3,297 pieces of marine debris from above and below the water! This is the beach on Bonaire that's close to the airport and famous for the human wall of volunteers guiding baby turtles to the water - check out the Huffington Post article here!
16 Sept 2013
Tim, Margaret & Margaret make keeping Bonaire clean a family event!
12 August 2013
It's official, the container has been filled 9 times. That's 90 cubic meters or 3,178.32 cubic feet of marine plastic cleared by our volunteers from the beaches of Bonaire!
30 July 2013
The Grail Family came back with 5 bags for the container. Nice work!
13 July 2013
In addition to having a fantastic underwater clean up dive - we also filled our container for the 8th time! That means that 80 cubic meters of marine plastic debris have been removed!
Here's a link to the Clean Up Dive video.
1 July 2013
113 baby loggerhead sea turtles thank you for the plastic free birthplace!
As featured on ABC News!
As featured on ABC News!
17 May 2013
Hard work for Alice, our new DM Candidate.
Our volunteers are not wasting any time to start working towards 80 cubic meters! Check out how much we have already!
14 May 2013
Filled the container for the 7th time! That's 70 cubic meters (2472 cubic feet!) of debris removed from the marine environment of Bonaire.
12 May 2013
Susanne, Ulricke, Stefan, Thomas and Thomas collected 12 bags and a huge tire! Now we're almost to 70 cubic meters!
10 May 2013
Sheila, Doug & Steve came all the way from Illinois to clean up our east coast. Nice work, more than 6 bags!
5 May 2013
While diving on the Yellow Submarine house reef, Joseph (aka The Killer) found a plastic food wrapper floating around. This plastic could easily have been mistaken for a jellyfish by a turtle and eaten. When Joseph took it out of the water, he found a small fish trapped inside. So which is more deadly, "The Killer" or the plastic?
2 May 2013
Jeffrey & Nancy contributed a few bags, taking us closer to 70 cubic meters. They even found sad proof that marine plastic debris is also harmful to terrestrial animals....this poor lizard got stuck in a plastic bottle and couldn't get back out!
26 April 2013
The container keeps on filling up, but not everyone stops to have their picture taken. Especially the local people who collect marine debris regularly. It's like it's been filling up by magic... We caught Ilse from our sponsoring business www.djambobonaire.com making a drop off, but she got away before we could get her photo!
19 April 2013
Thanks Channing, Kirsten & Shellie! A great start towards 70 cubic meters!
24 March 2013
Sally & Scott cleared a whopping 254 bags on their own since December. They're officially our BEST volunteers! Wow!
22 March 2013
Johnny cleared 6 bags by himself in 40 minutes, that's a Debris Free Bonaire record! What an eco-hero!
21 March 2013
When a group of divers from Frank's Underwater Sports & Travel from Oklahoma needed to stop diving before their flight home, they made valuable use of their time to help us make a debris free Bonaire. Nice work!
9 March 2013
The Maine Maritime Academy brought 16 divers to Bonaire. On their last day, they took a trip to the east coast and cleared 3 truckloads of plastic! Thank you so much!
8 March 2013
Not too much more to go before we reach 50 cubic meters!
3 March 2013
Nice! Bram and family are back with 4 more bags of trash!
25 February 2013
Bram is our youngest volunteer yet! He's only 4 years old and he had his own little basket to collect debris. He was very proud every time he filled his basket and we're very proud of him! And what a great way to teach your child the importance of reducing, reusing & recycling!
18 February 2013
This is why we need your help! A loggerhead turtle was rescued by Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire on the beach at Lagoen today. It was entangled in marine debris. If you have time, please grab a bag and clean some up! Photos from Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire. www.bonaireturtles.org
11 February 2013
Becky & Lester are helping to save our environment and having fun while they do it!
4 February 2013
The container is filling up fast, we're halfway to filling it for the fourth time. Our volunteers are moving too fast to stop for photos!
25 January 2013
Liek, one of our local volunteers came up with a great idea. She says "I always have four debris-bags from dive-friends in my car so whenever I am at the coast I can fill them. Today I was looking for a challenge because you can easily fill up a debris-bag in ten minutes. I decided to try to fill up one bag with just small debris. It took me 45 minutes and a sore back to fill up half a bag with caps of bottles, disposable cutlery, toothbrushes and straws, a lot of straws. I challenge anybody to fill a whole bag in 1 1/2 hour with this stuff. I am a good sport and in this case I don't mind to loose. Good luck!"
23 January 2013
20 January 2013
We took some time off from collecting plastic along the coast to collect marine debris from underwater at Karel's Pier. 118 Volunteers removed 1,438 glass bottles, 38 pieces of fishing line, 286 plastic cups, 1 chair, 31 ropes, 9 items of clothing, 6 shoes, 18 pieces of wire, 25 rubber fragments, 137 cans, 1 mobile phone, 1 pacifier and much more!
Here's the YouTube video!
Here's the YouTube video!
18 January 2013
16 January 2013
Conny & Jan came back for more, dropped off another 6 bags and stopped to pose with the Debris-o-meter. Pretty soon we'll have another full container.
14 January 2013
Conny & Jan make their contribution of marine plastic to the Debris Free Bonaire container.
13 January 2013
Sterling & Robin dropped off 4 bags today and we're halfway to another full container.
6 January 2013
It's full again already, this is going way faster than we could have ever hoped! Amazing! Another 10 cubic meters (800 kg) of plastic removed from the beautiful environment of Bonaire. Thanks everybody!
4 January 2013
Chris and friend drop off a bag and show off the "debris-o-meter." The container is almost full again, already. Wow! It's great that the volunteers keep on coming, because the plastic marine debris keeps on coming too.
3 January 2013
The Rochester Institute of Technology Underwater Photography/Videography group started the New Year off right by collecting a whopping 17 bags of plastic debris!!!
29 December 2012
The container is back at Hamlet and ready for more plastic...and it keeps on coming!
28 December 2012 - 1st container filled to overflowing in ONLY 10 DAYS!
Overwhelming! Amazing! In just 10 short days, our local & visiting volunteers managed to fill up our first 10 cubic meter container. Wow!
23-27 December 2012
It was a busy holiday season on the island and the bags kept on coming in......and look how much everybody is enjoying themselves!
22 December 2012
The elusive Sigrid dropped off a load of bags, but disappeared before a photo could be taken....
21 Dec 2012
The beautiful sponsor banners were ready thanks to Sign Studio! Unfortunately, the metal mesh of the container wasn't keeping all of the small bits of plastic inside, so in order to keep tthe plastic from escaping to the beautiful dive site of Cliff, a few minor repairs were made. While we were working on the container, our fabulous volunteers (Sally, Jim, Carla & Chris) kept on dropping off bags!
20 Dec 2012
Lieke and friends pitch in with 6 bags!
18 December 2012
Alex, Carolyn, Jetje, Andries & Amy (the Birthday Girl) head East to see how much they can accomplish in an hour...
17 December 2012
It's a great start!
Scott & Sally, our first volunteers made a "deposit" of two bags of plastic. We're on our way!!!