For our honeymoon we chartered the sailboat Safari which sails between Bonaire and these tiny uninhabited islands off the coast of Venezuela called Las Aves. The sailing turned out to be much more of an adventure than originally anticipated. The weather, engine and water challenges were more than we bargained for but the food was fantastic, the view was beautiful and there certainly is something to be said for staying 10 days in a location where few other are or have been. A few of the highlights include experiencing amazing storms as they blew threw, including one that evicted us from our bed next to the mast due to lightning, seeing the bottoms of the clouds turn green from the reflection of the amazing water and walking on a reef out in the middle of the ocean with no real land masses in site.
We ended our trip with a three day stay in Bonaire after we finally got through customs (long story, but it involves a moronic captain, no engine, and no wind on an island where there is always wind). Bonaire is surrounded by a protected marine park so all the reefs are in pristine condition. Our final certification for diving couldn't have occurred at a better location. We had such a great time!