Bonaire: The Easy Diving Mecca

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Why Dive Bonaire?

This lovely Caribbean island off the coast of South America supplies entry to a collection of concentric reefs that collectively home one of many largest marine life nurseries on Earth. A starting snorkeler or leisure diver will see extra marine life species in Bonaire in a single dive than many professionals see in a lifetime. It's considered one of leisure diving’s best-kept secrets and techniques. I loved my many visits there a lot that I took my then ten-year-old son to Bonaire for his first diving expertise. I extremely advocate it as a household dive vacation spot.

Bonaire’s whole shoreline has been protected, to the depth of 200 ft (60 meters), because the Bonaire Nationwide Marine Park. Thirty years of safety, the reef system, and an arid local weather make the encompassing sea calm, silt-free and dive-able yr spherical. These elements mixed with the range of viewable marine wildlife create an ideally suited vacation spot for underwater photographers.

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Newbie Shore Diving is the Greatest within the World

Bonaire has numerous “walk-in dives” – lovely underwater websites that you simply entry from shore by merely strolling into the water and taking a brief swim to the world. However maybe probably the most superb experiences shall be your night time shore dives, which give the novice diver the chance to see a completely totally different plethora of marine species which are nocturnal, together with the elusive seahorse.

A few of the greatest shore dives for starting divers are Windsock, Ol’ Blue, and the pristine Nukove.

You enter Windsock on the finish of the pier that's situated throughout from the top of the island’s airport runway. Flip left and time your dive out and again utilizing the pier as a reference level. Visibility is implausible, at the very least 100 ft (30 meters), and there's a lot to see night time or day.

The reef may have faculties of smaller marine life, however bigger ones are additionally sited, together with a resident 7-foot inexperienced moray eel, a southern stingray concerning the measurement of a small automotive, parrotfish and a turtle. The sandy seashore right here is nice for rests between dives, so take a picnic.

Ol’ Blue can also be entered from one other nice sunning and picnicking seashore, situated on the stretch of street between Columbia and Karpata, about two miles from Kralendijk. Locals might check with it as Tolo. The location is nicely marked from the street and has ample parking. You enter by way of a set of secure rock steps. I recommend first taking your gear down after which gearing up in your dive near the water. You enter the location by means of a sand channel simply to the left of the steps that's about 20 ft in size. You will notice ample education fish, squid, porcupine fish, sea slugs, and Sargent Majors. You might also act as cowl for searching bar jacks. It's a pretty journey dive distinctly totally different from the others which are alongside Bonaire’s coast.

Nukove is situated at a pristine bay the place you could be the one divers and is nicely well worth the adventurous drive. It is likely one of the most lovely dives on Bonaire. Take plenty of water, a picnic, and bug repellent. The marine wildlife can be numerous and plentiful and also you may see one of many largest parrotfish round. Additionally, you will see hawksbills and a few of the largest and most lovely coral formations accessible to leisure divers. Make a day of this journey. This website can also be wonderful for snorkeling.

A hawksbill turtle

Boat Diving Angel Metropolis and Klein Bonaire

If a number of days of seashores and restful, sluggish straightforward dives have you ever prepared for open water, it's time for Angel Metropolis, Rock Pile, and Jerry’s Sponges.

Angel Metropolis is a basic instance of southern Bonaire’s concentric reef system. It's a good extra thrilling boat dive for a newbie. Descend on the fringe of the outer reef, which is in 60 to 80 ft (18 to 24 meters) of water, and discover above it. Then swim towards the present inland towards the second inside reef above a sand channel. Above the sandy stretches, hold your eyes open for feeding stingray and an occasional and extra uncommon noticed eagle ray. You'll attain the inside reef, which is in about 30 ft of water. Put together for a burst of shade as you expertise swimming amongst myriad faculties of smaller marine life shielded from stronger currents. They're consultant of over 350 species calling Bonaire’s ocean nurseries residence.

A diver at the Hilma Hooker wreck

Klein Bonaire is a small, flat and human-uninhabited island one mile off the western coast of Bonaire that has been made a world sea turtle hatchery and reserve. It is just accessible by boat and gives two of the world’s greatest novice boat dives.

Rock Pile is known as for a cluster of rocks on the shoreline seashore. It's lovely day or night time, with stellar visibility, and in addition appropriate for snorkelers. It begins in shallow waters after which tilts right down to deeper ones for these with extra expertise. I like to recommend bringing lights even on day dives to view quite a lot of fauna that inhabit the reef’s crevices and cavities. The panorama is fascinating. You will notice banded coral shrimps; sea crabs; sea plumes; sponges; yellow pencil, leaf, and sheet corals; and my favourite sea turtles. It's considered one of few websites the place you will notice a big colony of staghorn corals. A big inexperienced moray eel hangs out among the many boulder corals.

Jerry’s Sponges is a superb place to see a number of sea turtles who inhabit the world and are used to divers, so will come and swim throughout you, which is a tremendous expertise. Additionally, you will see giant bluish barracuda, drum fish, sand divers, elephant ear sponges, and noticed eel out on the reef. That is along with the myriad faculties of fish which are widespread to virtually all Bonaire reef dives. One other plus to this dive is that spinner dolphins are sometimes sited on the boat journey again to the island. They leap out of the water, spin round, after which dive again in.

Bonaire Details

Bonaire is a particular municipality of the Netherlands situated off the coast of northern South America close to western Venezuela. It is among the three islands, together with Curacao and Aruba, generally known as the ABC Islands. Dutch regulation governs it. Its foreign money is the U.S. greenback.

This weblog was initially written by Anne Downing and revealed on the Diviac Journal.

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