SCUBA DIVING IN BONAIRE

“Bonaire is located just north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. This Dutch Caribbean island has protected its marine resources for more than 35 years. Commonly ranked as one of the Caribbean’s top dive destinations, marine life abounds in this scuba diving paradise with more than 470 fish species found in Bonaire’s water. Great boat dives only complement your ability to access many dive sites right from shore. Underwater photography is a favorite activity due to Bonaire’s incredibly clear water and unspoiled ecosystem. Because Bonaire is an arid island, you can also explore its desert landscape and visit protected wildlife areas to see iguanas and pink flamingos.

Great Dives

  • 1000 Steps – This site is well worth taking the numerous steps down to the beach (not anywhere near 1000). Fantastic coral formations, barracudas, turtles and various, colorful, reef fish greet you on this pristine reef.
  • Hilma Hooker – This encrusted 72-metre/240-foot freighter lies at 18-30 metres/60-100 feet and rests on the sand between two reefs. The ship is home to lots of marine life and offers many photo opportunities.
  • Salt Pier – This site’s easy shore entry an accessibility makes it a popular destination for both new divers and underwater photographers. Underwater, the pier’s pillars transform in to majestic living works of art encrusted with colorful sponges and corals. The big attraction is the sheer volume of fish that take refuge in the shadows created by the pier overhead. Take time to explore the nearby reef and you may be rewarded with an eel, juvenile drumfish or even a seahorse sighting.
  • Bari Reef – Boasting a large number of fish species, Bari Reef is an easy shore dive that is usually very calm with no current. You may see tarpon swim by, and can find seahorses and octopi, on the colorful reef.
  • Karpata – This is a popular boat dive to a reef that starts at 6 metres/20 feet and drops down to 30 metres/100 feet. Swim along interesting coral formations and ridges, and stop for a photo with one of the many huge ship anchors embedded in the coral.
  • Klein Bonaire – This small offshore island is home to hundreds of boat diving sites.Outstanding coral formations and amazing aquatic life make diving here a must on any trip to Bonaire.”

    via Padi