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Diving in the waters of Bonaire

With over 85 dive sites to choose from, you could easily spend all your time on Bonaire in the water. There, you’ll find tropical reefs exploding with color from more than 57 species of coral and more than 350 species of fish. You can even reach some dive sites directly from the shoreline. Just look for the names of the dive sites marked on the yellow stones by the shore road. Of course, before you dive, remember to buy your Nature Tag.

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Sea turtle swimming in shallow water
This site was named for shore divers, who will find that the 67 steps leading from the road down to the beach seem like 1000 on the way back up....
School of fishing swimming amongst coral
This Dive offers a chance to really experience the double reef. Care should be taken to watch your depth gauge, especially when crossing from one reef to the other.
Colorful fish swimming underwater
Located about 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) north of the destination plant, these sites are ideal for the beginning divers and snorkelers. There are many anemones and soft corals, which provide...
This site is #1 in the entire Caribbean for the fish diversity with over 300 species sighted and surveyed.
Two divers swimming
Gorgonians flourish in the shallows, and in deeper water, one finds huge colonies of fern-like black coral, hence the name. At 23 meters (75 ft.), a large cave provides occasional...
Diver swimming near the Hilma Hooker shipwreck
This internationally known wreck dive is located near the beginning of the double reef system. The Top of the ship lies at 18 meters (60 ft.), the mast at 30...
Close up shot of underwater sea life
Popular with shore divers. Karpata is located at the end of the one-way section on the coastal road. Known for its good visibility and panoramic views, this site is great...
Close up shot of underwater sea life
There is a good chance of finding a seahorse here. The shallow areas have large stands of staghorn coral. A lone divi divi tree stands guard on shore, directly opposite...
Close up shot of underwater sea life
Located on the west side of Klein Bonaire. The shallows terrace there is coral and sand with many burrowing creatures, such as yellowhead jawfish and hard to find sand tile...
A few divers swimming near some coral
This dive lies directly in front of No Name Beach. While large coral heads are sparse here in shallow water, there is a sandy bottom, where many lively yellowhead jawfish...
Fish swimming near some coral
Located on the northwest of Washington Slagbaai National Park. The experienced diver will be rewarded with some of the most pristine coral found on Bonaire. This site is also home...
School of fish swimming around one fish
Though recommended as a boat dive, the adventurous can find a steel ladder leading to the water from shore. Named Oil Slick Leap because this was the site originally proposed...
Fish swimming next to coral
This site lies off a long stretch of coral beach just north of 1000 Steps. Friendly angels and schooling fish abound. Keep an eye out to depths, as whale sharks...
Rocky beach entrance
Located in Washington Slagbaai National Park. Horse-eye jacks can be seen out in blue water. The shallows are loaded with many of the smaller species that approach divers and snorkelers...
Yellow huts lined up by the ocean
Located adjacent to the second set of slave huts, this site is definitely recommended for experienced divers only. Horse-eye jacks and turtles are seen here, also off-shore schools of baitfish,...
Close up shot of underwater sea life
Easy entry for new divers and great for photography. The pillars here are fully encrusted with sponges and corals. Large schools of fish congregate in the shadows created by the...
Close up shot of coral reef
Located directly opposite the outflow from the salt works, the shore entry is fairly easy through a channel that passes under the road and opens out on the reef. Divers...
Beach entrance next to a rocky hill
Located within the confines of Washington Slagbaai National Park, Wayaka offers divers a new site where very little diving has been done in the past. Many times, dive sites in...
Close up shot of underwater sea life
This site lies off Lac Bay. Also known as East coast diving. Check with East coast dive operators. Numerous tarpons and turtles are found here as well as rays, and...
Close up shot of underwater sea life
A sandy beach with patches of shade provides a pleasant place to relax after diving: a favorite spot for picnics. Divers can encounter rays, turtles and much more, which are...

X Marks the Spot

There’s so much to explore in the waters around Bonaire that we had to make a map.