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.

The 7th edition was completely reworked and went on sale in March of 2018. I revisited almost all the sites and updated entrances/exits and other descriptors. I added 4 dive sites and removed some we were unable to reach any longer or which had become too dangerous for recreational divers. The Introduction and Authors Notes were rewritten and the dive sites at-a-glance chart revised and updated. The Bonaire National Marine Park map of dive sites and information is new, as is the one for the Washington Slagbaai National Park. Also added are color plates of protected marine species of Bonaire. The color photographs will help you to find the unmarked sites. The 7th edition continues the tradition of being a great tool for anyone shore diving in Bonaire.

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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