Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy  
Shore Diving and Snorkel Sites of Bonaire
by Susan Porter
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About the Guide

Bonaire is a unique dive and snorkel destination. Nowhere else in the Caribbean has as many unrestricted shore sites. This guide is a tool for those who want to enjoy the freedom this offers. Most of the sites are easy, but there is something for divers and snorkelers of all experience levels. Descriptions of the entrance and exit points for all sites are included in addition to brief descriptions of the underwater terrain.

With permission from STINAPA I have included their map of Washington Park and the BNMP map of all marked dive sites, rules of the Marine Park and contact information which you can also find on your BNMP tag. STINAPA has also provided information about the protected species of Bonaire.

There is a quick reference chart for all sites listed in the guide. Aerial photographs are provided to assist finding unmarked sites at both ends of the island.

Here is a sample:

THE LAKE    REEF #0027
Marked site - BNMP #42
Easy - possible surge at entrance/exit


ENTRANCE AND EXIT: The access road can often be a challenge due to large holes during rainy season. It may be easier at those times to park alongside the road and walk down to the parking lot and entrance. There is an easy “ramp” entry at the small sand area to the right which leads to an open area of substrate outside the surge where you can put on your fins.

THE DIVE: It is easier to swim straight out to the drop off than to the mooring which is at 25 feet to the south. The shallow area is mostly sand and coral rubble. The slope of the inner reef begins at 30 feet and becomes a sand bottom at 85 feet. This reef has a mix of hard coral, Gorgonians and sponges. Keep your eyes open for Southern or Spotted Eagle Rays which like to feed between the reefs. The second reef crests at 65 feet and extends down on the seaward side to over 130 feet. To the south there are several coral bridges joining the two reefs. This is a good opportunity to explore the second reef which consists of many varieties of hard coral including large formations of Star coral. Black Margate and School Masters congregate around the bases and inside these large formations. A flashlight is a must for exploration.

 

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