Dive Sites

#1 Boca Bartol
This shore dive is the northernmost site in the Marine Park. Advanced divers may encounter strong currents. The recommended depth is from 20-80 feet, with interesting coral formations in the shallows. Many of the larger fish species abound, and there is a chance to see rays and Garden Eels in the sandy bottom.

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#2 Playa Benge
Located along the northwest coast of Washington Slagbaai Park, Playa Benge is known for its heavy currents. Recommended only for the advanced diver, the depth ranges from 15-100 feet. A shore dive only, the experienced diver will be rewarded with some of the most pristine corals on Bonaire.

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#3 Playa Funchi
Located in Washington Slagbaai National Park, Playa Funchi has moderate to heavy currents, so it is recommended for advanced divers only. There is no mooring here, so access is from the shore. The site slopes from 15-100 feet. The shallows teem with Spotted Trunkfish, which approach divers looking for handouts. Horse-eye Jacks can be seen in deeper water.

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#4 Bestia Morto
Another Washington Park dive, this boat dive site can have moderate to strong currents and is recommended for the intermediate to advanced diver. Depths of 20-100 feet offer shallows loaded with Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals, hence the name, which means "dead deer." The deeper waters provide an opportunity to see larger species, including Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

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#5 Wayaca
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#6 Think Frink Reef
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#7 Boca Slagbaai
Located in Washington Slagbaai National Park, this site is known for its moderate to strong currents and is recommended for intermediate to experienced divers. With depths of 20-100 feet, you may have a chance to see Mantas or other smaller rays. At the southern end of the cove, there are cannon in just 10 feet of water. Slagbaai is also accessible by boat.

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#8 Nukove
A bit hard to find, this site is a shore dive only. It ranges from 20-100 feet and has mild to strong currents. Intermediate level divers will find huge Elkhorn Corals in the shallows, with schools of algae-eating reef fish present. Also seen are large Midnight Parrotfish. The drop-off has large coral heads that sometimes shelter Nurse Sharks.

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#9 Boka Dreifi
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#10 Karpata
One of Bonaire's most popular shore dives, Karpata features depths ranging from 20-100 feet and light to moderate currents. Novice and intermediate divers can pose for pictures alongside one of the many huge ship anchors embedded in the coral. Known for great visibility, wide-angle photographers enjoy panoramic vistas to frame their subjects. Karpata can also be reached by boat.

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#11 La Dania's Leap
Known for the practice of "leaping" off the shore and then doing a drift dive to Karpata, it is recommended that intermediate divers access this site by boat only. With light currents and depths of 15-100 feet, La Dania's is one of Bonaire's few vertical walls, with numerous canyons and sand shoots.

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#12 Rappel
The most often asked for dive site, Rappel is reached only by boat. Due to the proximity of a rocky ledge, an intermediate skill level is required. With a depth of 30-100 feet and moderate currents, Rappel has huge sea fans in the shallows and an abundance of nudibranchs.

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#13 Bloodlet
Too difficult for shore diving, Bloodlet has moderate currents and is recommended for the intermediate boat diver. Averaging 20-80 feet, there is a dense reef structure that is home to schools of algae-eating Blue Tangs. Yellow and green tube sponges are also evident. Bloodlet is one of the places where sea turtles are often sighted.

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#14 Ol' Blue
This shore or boat dive site lies just off a long coral beach, east of 1000 Steps. Light to moderate currents and depths of 20-100 feet offer novice and intermediate divers the chance to see numerous friendly French Angelfish and schools of Horse-eye Jacks.

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#15 Country Garden
This site, accessed by boat, has moderate currents and is recommended for the beginning to intermediate diver. The average depth is 20-80 feet, and the shallows are covered with large boulders that fell from the cliffs, providing shelter for Schoolmasters, grunts and goatfish.

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#16 Bon Bini Na Cas
"Welcome Home" in the native language, this site lies just next to 1000 Steps and is accessed by boat only. With light to moderate currents, beginning and intermediate divers will enjoy schools of Creole Wrasse and Blue Tangs in depths ranging from 20-100 feet.

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