Dive Sites


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#17 1000 Steps
Situated in front of the Radio Netherlands towers, 1000 Steps is a shore or boat dive. (Shore divers will find that there are only 64 steps down to the site from the road; it seems like 1,000 steps coming back up with scuba gear!) Currents are light, so divers of all skill levels will have a chance to observe Hawksbill Turtles or a passing Whale Shark or Manta Ray.

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#18 Weber's Joy/Witches Hut
This easy shore or boat dive, with light currents and a depth of 20-100 feet, offers novice divers a chance to see mountainous star corals with abundant fish life. Angelfish, Rock Beauties and butterflyfish make their homes in the rocky reefs. This site is a favorite of underwater photographers.

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#19 Jeff Davis Memorial
Accessible from boat or shore, this site is great for beginners, with light to moderate currents and a depth of 20-100 feet. The shallows are covered with soft corals and may shelter turtles or seahorses. There are a number of large coral structures, forming chutes that lead to a sandy bottom.

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#20 Oil Slick Leap
Recommended as a boat dive, the hearty shore diver will find a steel ladder leading to the water. This site was named Oil Slick Leap because it was originally proposed as a site for an oil storage terminal. It is a great dive for the novice boat diver, with mild currents and a depth of 20-80 feet. There are generally large numbers of barracuda seen here.

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#21 Barcadera
This boat dive is located directly opposite the Bonaire Marine Park Headquarters. Moderate currents and depths of 30-100 feet make it a great dive for novice to intermediate divers. The shallows are covered with Elkhorn Corals and host schools of algae-eating Blue Tangs.

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#22 Andrea II
Located just past the desalination plant, Andrea I and II can be reached from boat or shore. Currents are mostly light, so the sites are ideal for beginning divers. With an average depth of 20-100 feet, there are many anemones and soft corals offering shelter to hungry trumpetfish. Both of these sites offer a good chance of seeing seahorses.

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#23 Andrea I
See Andrea II.

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#24 Petrie's Pillar
This is a shore dive for the beginner, with moderate currents and an average depth of 30-100 feet. The terrain is much like Andrea I and II. Large stands of Pillar Coral are found in the shallows along with schools of Blue Tangs. This site was named by Capt. Don as a wedding present for a friend.

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#25 Small Wall
Located in front of the Black Durgeon Inn, this site offers the novice diver a chance to do a shallow wall dive. Accessed from boat or shore (you need permission to cross private property to shore dive), the currents are light to moderate, with the wall beginning at 20 feet. A cave can be found at 60 feet, with the possibility of seeing a sleeping Nurse Shark.

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#26 Cliff
Accessed either from shore or boat, Cliff is located in front of the Hamlet Villas, north of Habitat. With light to moderate currents in 20-70 feet of water, the novice diver will have a chance to see Capt. Don's underwater Stone Memorial to the "divers who have gone before us," which is marked with a plaque and dive flag.

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#27 La Machaca
Situated off Capt. Don's Habitat, this site with mild to moderate currents allows the novice diver a chance to do a "wreck dive" in relatively shallow water. The 45-foot locally built boat lies in 40-50 feet of water, 30 yards from shore. It is the home of a large Green Moray Eel who is accustomed to seeing divers, so approach him with caution.

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#28 Reef Scientifico
South of La Machaca, in 40 feet of water, a grid system has been constructed to monitor algae growth on the reef. While the conditions are much the same as La Machaca, the night diving will reward you with a view of Sleeping Parrotfish and free swimming Spotted Moray Eels.

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#29 Buddy's Reef
Located in front of Buddy Dive Resort, this shore dive has mild currents and is perfect for beginners. With depths of 30-100 feet, expect to see Black and White Crinoids perched on coral heads in the shallows. A resident school of tarpon almost always greets night divers.

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#30 Bari Reef
Located at the Sand Dollar Beach Resort in 20-100 feet of water, Bari Reef has light to moderate currents and is an ideal site for the novice or non-diver to learn scuba diving. Access is from the shore at the dive shop pier. This is a popular night dive, with friendly Tarpons darting back and forth in front of your light beam.

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#31 Front Porch
Truly an easy dive, with light to moderate currents, Front Porch is located at the Sunset Beach Resort. Access is always from shore. The prolific fish life begins at 15 feet, right under the pier, and continues down to 80 feet, where a small tugboat lies upside down in the sand.

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#32 Something Special
Located just south of the marina entrance, this shore or boat dive is for the beginner. Currents are mild and the depth is from 20-80 feet. There is very little coral growth, since this is one area where sailboats are allowed to anchor. However, the fish life is abundant, with a sandy bottom where rays are often seen. It is a great site for night diving.

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