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Chachacha

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Video

Female

Location

Difficulty

#1

Boka Bartol

Boka Bartol is Bonaire's most northern dive site. It's a remote site with very healthy coral, where often large species can be seen such as barracudas and eagle rays. Boka Bortal is also home to eels, hermit crabs and turtles. Access by road may be difficult. A boat dive is recommended

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Washington Slagbaai National Park

Difficulty

#1

Playa Benge

Playa Benge has some of the most untouched reefs of Bonaire. The reef wall starts at about 11 meters. Sponges, glass fish, groupers and stingrays are common species at Playa Benge. Sometimes even larger species such as manta rays and hammerhead sharks can be seen. Playa Benge is also loved by the more experienced snorkelers.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Washington Slagbaai National Park

Difficulty

#1

Playa Funchi

Playa Funchi is a beautiful dive site, which can be reached by swimming 120 meters from the beach. During your dive you'll be accompanied by horse mackerels, parrot fish, trumpet fish and lots of curious small crabs, shimps and squid. Also pay attention to the remnants of the Washington Plantation, which was established here in earlier times. The foundations of the old pier are still recognizable.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Washington Slagbaai National Park

Difficulty

#1

Bise Morto

Bise Morto is a nice dive site with a huge variety of corals. Large area's of the reef are covered with staghorn, elkhorn, brain and finger coral. Groupers and triggerfish fight for the best spot on this beautiful reef, while the sunlight reflects in its clear waters. Bise Morto means dead deer, referring to it's large fields of staghorn corals. Don't head for deep water right away, the shallow plateau may be the best Bise Morte has to offer.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Washington Slagbaai National Park

Difficulty

#1

Wayaka

Wayaka is a remote dive site in the Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire. The site can only be reached by '4 wheel drive' and is closed in case of heavy rain fall. Wayaka has a lot to offer. It's in every way a beautiful dive site with a wide variety of marine life. You'll see sergeant majors, French emperor fish, rainbow parrot fish and much more.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Washington Slagbaai National Park

Difficulty

#1

Boka Slagbaai

Boka Slagbaai is the most southern dive site in the Washington Slagbaai National Park, with a lot of historical remnants like ballast stones, old anchors and old anchor chains. There are two dive routes on both you will find ancient canons. Those on the southern route are real, they lie in shallow water at 3 meter. The cannons on the the northern route are fake, they were used in a movie. Take at least one hour to explore this dive.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Washington Slagbaai National Park

Difficulty

#1

Nukove (Doblet)

Nukove (Doblet) is a beautiful dive site on a deserted beach. It's an easy but very enjoyable dive. The colorful reef is almost untouched and regularly visited by the larger fish species in the Caribbean. Nukove is the most northern dive site outside of the Washington Slagbaai National Park.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

northwest of Washington- Slagbaai.

Difficulty

#1

Carel’s Vision

Carel's Vision opened in 2005 in honor of Carel Steensma. Carel Steensma is a resistance hero from the Second World War, he played an important role in the creation of the Washington Slagbaai Park. The reef got seriously damaged in 1999 by hurricane Lenny. Yet there is plenty to see, the coral recovered reasonably. Predominantly you will see black coral, but also plate, star and cobble coral occurs.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Noordwestkust Bonaire

Difficulty

#1

Karpata

Karpata is one of the finest dive sites on Bonaire. The site is famous for its good visibility and beautiful panoramas. The pristine coral reef has beautiful shapes and forms and the water is teeming with fish. Karpata is perfect for wide-angle photography and a great dive site to spot turtles. If you haven’t seen one at Karpata, you didn’t look good!

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Queens Highway, Bonaire

Difficulty

Hard entry for kids (5)

#1

La Dania’s Leap

La Dania's Leap is a wall dive and an excellent location for a deep dive. The reef descends from 10 meters steeply down to 30 meters and than changes into a vertical wall. The second reef runs from 40 to 60 meters. Entering the waters is done by making a giant leap. Leaving the water is only possible by making a drift dive to Karpata. A boat dive is recommended.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Kralendijk, Bonaire

Difficulty

#1

Rappel (Boka Di Tota)

Rappel, also called Boka di Tota, is one of the most popular dive sites in Bonaire. The beautiful coral gardens seem to have been landscaped by a dedicated gardener. Rappel is known for its steep reef wall that descends to great depths and is covered with the most beautiful corals.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Bonaire

Difficulty

#1

Bloodlet

Bloodlet is a popular dive site with a wide sandy plateau and a wide variety of corals in beautiful formations. The reef itself is covered with dense vegetations and runs straight down. Among the different types of corals, child's head an plate coral can be found. During your dive you may be accompanied by turtles and barracudas.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Bonaire North

Difficulty

#1

Ol’Blue, Boka di Tolo

Tolo or Ol' Blue is named after it's wonderful, blue waters full of tarpons, parrot fish, snappers and turtles. But also pay attention to the small marine life. Shine with your diving lamp into the big purple finger sponges, often you'll see beautiful crabs and shrimps that are living in the sponges! Tolo is also beautiful above water. Enjoy the scenery before and after your dive.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Queens highway

Difficulty

#1

Country Garden

Country Garden or Mushroom City is a boat dive with moderate current. Suitable for all divers. The huge limestone pillars between 7 and 13 meters make Country Garden special. The pillars have fallen of the limestone wall that is located next to Country Garden. They are beautifully overgrown and provide a habitat for many fish. A unique dive site in Bonaire.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Centraal Bonaire

Difficulty

#1

Bon Bini Na Kas

Bon Bini Na Kas means 'welcome home'. Its an appropriate name, Bon Bini Na Kas will make you feel right at home. Divers of all levels come here to enjoy the reef filled with coral, puffer fish, morays and much more. Bon Bini Na Kas is an easy dive site with a gently sloping bottom and a slight currents.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Trans World Radio

Difficulty

#1

1000 Steps

Thousand Steps is one of the most famous dive sites of Bonaire. You park at the top of a cliff, then you take the staircase with 67 steps down. The staircase is the reason for the name thousand Steps. At the end of the stairs you can prepare for your dive. You see a lot of brain and stag horn corals, gorgonide rods, springs and whips. Permanent residents include turtles and moray eels. For those who think the staircase is too long, you can always reach Thousand Steps per boat. Also a perfect snorkel location.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Queens Highway, Radio Nederland

Difficulty

Depending on waves, can be fairly easy (2.5)

#1

Weber’s Joy (Witche’s Hut)

Weber's Joy is a very colorful dive site with a hugh variety in sponges and corals. This colorful display, in combination with a wide variety of fish species, attracts many underwater photographers. Almost all kinds of reef fish can be seen at Weber's Joy, including squid, parrotfish and octopuses. Weber's Joy is also known as Witches Hut, named after a small hut which once stood here on the beach.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Queens highway

Difficulty

Fairly easy (3)

#1

Jeff Davis Memorial

Jeff Davis Memorial is an isolated dive site whit lots of ‘cleaning stations’. Watch how various kind of cleaner fish take care of the larger species, but keep your distance while observing this natural phenomenon. Most ‘cleaning stations’ can be found between 8 and 20 meters. Named after the memorial for Jefferson C. Davis, who died here.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Queens Highway

Difficulty

#1

Kalli’s Reef

Kalli’s Reef is a nice dive spot, where diving is either possible form the shore or from a boat. Entering or leaving the water from shore isn't easy though. In fact, you'll have to swim to a dive site nearby to end your dive. Kalli's Reef is full of soft and hard corals. Common fish species are trigger fish, puffer fish and spotted morays. Kalli's Reef is named after a former ranger, Kalli Demeijer.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Queens Highway

Difficulty

#1

Oil Slick Leap

Oil Slick Leap is a beautiful dive site where sometimes seahorses can be seen. Snappers, parrot fish and barracudas are more common inhabitants. Oil Slick Leap, named after the oil terminals which had to be build here, is a wonderful underwater world. Luckily the plans never became reality. The dive site has its own parking and stairs.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Bulevar Gob. N. Debrot, Kralendijk

Difficulty

#1

Barkadera

Barcadera is a beautiful reef, right in front of Santa Barbara Crowns. The reef is densely populated with beautiful coral gardens, large plate corals and several ‘cleaning stations'. Observe how large fish are waiting in line to be freed from parasites. Barcadera is a boat dive site.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Santa Barbara Crowns

Difficulty

#1

Andrea II

Andrea II is well know for its coral. At a depth of 20 meters beautiful formations of plate coral can be seen, interspersed with whip coral and cobble coral. The site is also beautiful in shallow water, which makes this a great site for snorkeling as well. Vegetation starts at 6 meters with species of hard and soft coral, brain coral and staghorn coral. Interesting inhabitants of A

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Santa Barbara

Difficulty

#1

Andrea I

Andrea 1 is a beautiful dive site with both hard and soft coral. Enter the water from the small coral beach and search for corals, sponges, turtles and different types of parrotfish in this wonderful underwater world. The reef runs up to 38 meters, where it turns into a sloping sandy bottom. Andrea is a dive spot with strong currents.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

15 Ridge, Kralendijk

Difficulty

#1

Petrie’s Pillar

Petrie's pillar has some resemblance with Andrea I and II. The name of the dive site is special. Captain Don, Bonaire's best known diving pioneer, named this dive site after a friend, as a wedding gift. The name also also refers to the pillar coral that is frequently seen here. Petri's Pillar has a limited current and is therefore suitable for divers of all levels.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Northern Road to Karpata

Difficulty

#1

Cliff

Cliff's main feature is a vertical wall which runs steeply from 9 to 22 meters. The wall lies on the left side of the spot and is covered with whip coral. Cliff is one of the best dive spots in Bonaire for macro photography. Sponges, french emperor fish and large tarpon can be seen here.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 123, Kralendijk

Difficulty

#1

Small Wall

A vertical wall with some large sponges, plate, and sheet coral, and a small cavern at its base makes this site an interesting dive.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

accessible from shore via the pier at the Black Durgon Hotel north of Kralendijk

Difficulty

#1

La Machaca

Wreck La Machaca lies on the house reef of Captain Don's Habitat. The 14 meter trawler was purposely sunk as a dive wreck. La Machaca lies upside down and is quite overgrown with weeds. You'll find it 30 meters from shore, at a depth of 14 meters. La Machaca is an old film location. In 1979 the Dutch movie, 'Duel in de diepte', with Rutger Hauer was filmed here. La Machaca is also great for snorkeling.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

103 Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, Kralendijk

Difficulty

#1

Reef Scientifico

Reef Scientifico is located just south of dive site, La Machaca near Captain Don's Habitat. The name refers to a grid system that was once designed to study the growth of algae on the reef. The conditions at Reef Scientifico are similar to those of La Machaca. Both sites are wonderful for snorkeling and night diving. Permanent residents of this reef are morays and parrot fish.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

South of La Machaca

Difficulty

#1

Buddy’s Reef

Buddy's Reef is situated before the Buddy Dive Resort. Buddy Dive Resort has all the facilities you can wish for as a diver, such as a shop, a dive school, a scuba filling station and a restaurant. Buddy's Reef is a shore dive, but boat dives can be booked here as well. Dive over the shallow, barren plateau with its small formations of hard coral. The drop-off lies at 8 meters, where the vegetation starts to increase. The deeper you go, the more coral and fish you will see.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Kaya Gob N Debrot 85, Kralendijk, Bonaire

Difficulty

#1

Bari Reef

Bari Reef is a very nice dive site near Kralendijk with an enormous biodiversity. Different schools of fish hide under the small jetty on the north part of the site, while others turn to the sand for protection. Common species in Bari Reef are octopuses, barracudas, tarpons and much more. Try to spot the yellow headed jaw fish aswell, which carries his eggs in his mouth.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Kaya Gob. N. Debrot

Difficulty

#1

Front Porch

Front porch is not know for its coral reefs but for its scrap! The bottom is littered with steel pipes, wreck parts and old machinery. Strange enough, it attracts a wide variety of marine life: Scorpion fish, tube worms, soap fish, large groupers, moray eels and much more. There's a wreck here as well. It's a ten-meter tugboat at 28 meters, right in front of the beach. The tug lies upside down with the bow northwards.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Eden Beach Resort

Difficulty

#1

Something Special

Something Special is something special. It's a dive site with a high biodiversity that is loved by divers and snorkelers. The site consists of a mixture of hard and soft corals, sand bottoms and areas with old rubble. The rubble patches are beautifully overgrown, which attracts fish in all shapes and sizes. You'll find even more marine life along the wall. Something Special is ideal for wide-angle photography and night diving.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Kaya Playa Lechi

Difficulty

#1

Town Pier

12° 8'59.35"N 68°16'38.14"W 

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Video

Female

Location

currently closed for diving

Difficulty

#1

Calabas Reef

Calabas Reef lies directly in front of the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. This is a PADI gold palm resort with five boats, a diving school and a shop. Boat diving, diving from shore and snorkeling, it's all possible here. The reef is not quite pristine, but the water is calm and full of life. Common species at Calabas Reef are octopuses, groupers, turtles and occasionally even a seahorse.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

Abraham Boulevard, Kralendijk

Difficulty

#1

Eighteen Palms

Eighteen Palms lies in front of the Plaza Resort with its many facilities, including a diving school, swimming pools and restaurants. The underwater life is quite interesting. Snappers, octopuses, tarpon and barracuda's are frequently seen. The reef runs from 6 to 12 meters, then drops steeply to more than 30 meters. Paid diving.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

80 Julio A. Abraham Boulevard, Kralendijk, Bonaire

Difficulty

#1

Windsock

Windsock is a simple, yet beautiful dive site just on the opposite of to the airport. Its a great site to spot stingrays, crabs, turtles, parrotfish and big bass. A shallow sandy plateau is followed by a reef with hard and soft corals. Windsock is named after the wind bags, coming from the airport nearby.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

EGG Boulevard

Difficulty

#1

Corporal Meiss (Dick's Place, North Belnem)

Corporal Meiss has no specific dive site characteristics. Yet, all kinds of marine life can be found here! Schools of barracuda hunt on the reef, while eels and octupuses hide between the different kind of corals. Every now and then a turtle makes it's way to the surface. Corporal Meiss has a long, narrow beach with benches and trees that provide some shade after your dive.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

EGG Boulevard

Difficulty

#1

Bachelor’s Beach

Bachelors Beach starts on a sandy plateau. Then you will reach the reef, where you see both corals and anemones. Some are brightly colored which makes this dive site ideal for underwater photographers. In contrary to what its name suggests Bachelors Beach has no beach. At low tide you can see a strip of dry land, but you can’t call it a beach.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

EEG Boulevard, Belnem

Difficulty

#1

Chez Hines

Chez Hines, also known as South Belem, has a large shallow plateau full of beautiful corals. Enjoy yourself in the shallow water with its large variety of marine life such as parrot fish, turtles, nurse sharks and trumpetfish. The coral is not dens, but spread in formations across the sandy bottom.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

Yes

Video

Female

Location

South Belnem

Difficulty

#1

Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point consists of a shallow sandy bottom that slowly passes over into coral. Eels and rays hide under the sand while large schools of fish roam free in open water. Different types of hard and soft coral grow in dense formations in a spectacular reef garden. The drop-off lies at 15 meters. At this point the coral increases in density to slowly pass over into a sandy area between 30 and 35 meters.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

South Bonaire

Difficulty

#1

Punt Vierkant

Punt Vierkant (Point Square) marks the beginning of the double reef of Bonaire. In the shallow areas a mix of soft and hard coral can be found, including brain and fire corals. The inner reef descends to about 25 meters, forming a sand channel with the outer reef. On the south side, between the inner and the outer reef, you'll see a transition of coral species.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

EEG Boulevard

Difficulty

#1

The Lake

The Lake has a beautiful double reef with fine corals and lots of fish. You'll have to snorkel or make a shallow dive to reach the first reefs. Than cross the wide strip of sand between the two reefs to reach the second one. It's worth the effort, because the second reef has a different character than the first. The name Lake refers to the ‘lake of sand’ between the two reefs.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

Difficulty

#1

Hilma Hooker

Hilma Hooker is the most famous wreck of Bonaire. The wreck lies relatively close to the shore and is marked by three yellow buoys. Hilma Hooker lies on her side, parallel to the coast, with the deepest point at 34 meters. Go before 07.30 if your want to enjoy the wreck peacefully. After 08:15 the site will be crowded with divers and dive boats for tourists. Hilma Hooker has been used as a drug ship. Police and customs took out twelve tons of marijuana hidden the a ship's hull. The ship was deliberately sunken, to be used as a dive wreck.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

EEG Boulevard. Vlakbij zoutmijnen en Atlantis Beach

Difficulty

#1

Angel City

Angel City has a double reef, preceded by a shallow plateau. Unlike the dive sites Alice in Wonderland and Salt City, the second reef is relatively shallow and therefore accessible for beginners. The dive site is named after the emperor fish which you'll spot on almost every dive at this location. Angel City is also a great site for snorkeling.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

EEG Boulevard

Difficulty

#1

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is really a wonderland! The underwater world is breathtaking. The site has a double reef, mainly consisting of fan-, leaf-, star- and brain coral. The second reef is not immediately visible. You'll have to find it, using your compass. Alice in Wonderland starts with a sandy bottom followed by the first drop-off at 8 meters.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

EEG Boulevard

Difficulty

#1

Aquarius

Aquarius has a double reef with the first drop-off at 8 meters. It's preceded by shallow waters, which are home to hard and soft corals and anemones. Navigate well and deal economically with your air supply, while searching for the second reef. Both reefs are heavily covered with mainly hard corals.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female

Location

no info

Difficulty

#1

Larry’s Lair

Larry's Liar is a nice dive site with a wide shallow plateau followed by two reefs. It's a beautiful site with dense vegetation and a lot of marine life. Dive over the coral fields with their different kinds of coral while the duke fish and spanish file fish are keeping you company. The larger species such as barracudas, mackerels and groupers can be found at greater depths.

Dive/Snorkel

Hair

Medium

No

Video

Female