Join us for our semi-regular scuba videos featuring Bonaire's best dive locations and critter encounters.
Our favorite on the double reef. Head south at the second reef. Almost always large schools loitering here. Great coral formations abound.
Another dive on the wonderful southern reef. Watch out for the kiteboarders. Best here are the soft corals. Great place to see Turtles and Eagle Rays, both of which we did see.
More evidence of Bari Reef supremacy! Four human - critter interactions, I call the Bari Reef Ball Dances. The video is long, but I wanted to show how extensively one can interact with reef creatures when one is patient.
On a calm day, head down south to this soft coral garden. Nice sandy chute entry. Very pretty scenery and great snorkel spot. Species seen: Banded Butterflyfish, Creole Wrasse, Great Barracuda, Hawksbill Turtle, Honeycomb Cowfish, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Long-spined Sea Urchin, Saucereye Porgy, Trumpetfish, Yellowtail Snapper.
From three dives at the Sabadeco Pier. Saw many of what have become our friends: Octopus, Midnight, Rainbow and Blue super-male Parrotfish, and many others
A long drive to the end of the road on the leeward side to a small fishing village. Worth the drive as this is a hard coral heaven. Head south (left) as this is the prettiest direction. Species seen: Black Durgon, Blackbar Soldierfish, Caesar Grunt, Caribbean Reef Squid, Crinoid, Goldentail Moray, Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse, Lettuce Sea Slug, Pillar Coral, Porcupinefish, Scrawled Filefish, Smooth Trunkfish, Squirrelfish, Whitespotted Filefish, Yellow Goatfish.
Our first visit since hurricane Felix, and again, the visibility is great. Loads of fish action! Highlight was a Midnight Parrotfish triggering a feeding frenzy at a Sergeant Major nest. Species seen: Banded Butterflyfish, Bar Jack, Blackbar Soldierfish, Brown Chromis, Caribbean Reef Squid, French Grunt, Great Barracuda, Juvenile French Angelfish, Midnight Parrotfish, Princess Parrotfish, Queen Angelfish, Queen Parrotfish, Schoolmaster, Scrawled Filefish, Sergeant Major, Silversides, Smooth Trunkfish, Spotted Trunkfish, Squirrelfish, Tarpon, Whitespotted Filefish, Yellow Goatfish, Yellowfin Mojarra.
Back for our first dive at this pier since hurricane Felix passed by. The bottom did take a beating and we saw fewer overall fish, but still lots of good fish and critter interactions! Species seen: Arrow Crab, Banded Coral Shrimp, Butter Hamlet, Corkscrew Anemone, Threespot Damselfish, Foureye Butterflyfish, French Angelfish, French Grunt, Giant Anemone, Graysby, Juvenile French Angelfish, Orangespotted Filefish, Peacock Flounder, Porcupinefish, Purplemouth Moray, Queen Angelfish, Sand Diver, Sharptail Eel, Smooth Trunkfish, Spotted Moray, Spotted Trunkfish, Trumpetfish
Actually, only about 64 steps...Very nice hard coral here. A beautiful secluded beach and cove, well worth the effort. Species Seen: Bar Jack, Black Durgon, Blackbar Soldierfish, Juvenile Spanish Hogfish, French Angelfish, Mahogany Snapper, Queen Parrotfish, Rainbow Parrotfish, Sergeant Major, Smooth Trunkfish, Striped Parrotfish, Tang Gang, Trumpetfish.
Be very cautious of the kiteboarders, who usually do not arrive before 10 am. Worth the extra care as this is one of Bonaire's premiere dive sites. Beautiful coral, plentiful fish. This time we saw four turtles as well! Species seen: Bar Jack, Black Margate, Brown Chromis, Creolefish, Isopod, Glasseye Snapper, Gorgonian, Great Barracuda, Greater Soapfish, Hawksbill Turtle, Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse, Kiteboarding, Peacock Flounder, Sand Tilefish, Schoolmaster, Sergeant Major, Smallmouth Grunt, Stoplight Parrotfish, Whitespotted Filefish, Yellow Goatfish, Yellow Jack, Yellowhead Wrasse.
Just north of BOPEC, where the road rejoins the shore. Entry easier than it looks. The best, most healthy coral I have seen around Bonaire! A Black Durgon mob over the reef. Very dramatic! Species seen: Stoplight Parrotfish, Black Durgon, Scrawled Filefish, Creole Wrasse, Stove-pipe Sponge, Fairy Basslet, Peppermint Basslet, Smooth Trunkfish, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Great Barracuda, Gorgonian, Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse, Foureye Butterflyfish, French Angelfish, Elkhorn Coral.
We entered on the north end of Hamlet, at the Yellow Submarine dive shop. visibility was awful, but we were treated to several cruising Tarpon and a number of very active cleaning stations. You can find one of Bonaire's few underwater walls. Pretty dive. Species seen: Bar Jack, Black Grouper, Brown Bowl Sponge, Cubera Snapper, Feather Duster Worm, Great Barracuda, Horse-eye Jack, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Rope Sponge, Schoolmaster, Sergeant Major, Smallmouth Grunt, Smooth Trunkfish, Tarpon, Tiger Grouper, Whitespotted Filefish.
Very nice little secluded beach on the far north end of Windsock. This is near the Plaza marina entrance, so watch out for boat traffic. Interesting terrain. Saw a Hawksbill Turtle intent on feeding. Species seen: Banded Butterflyfish, Bar Jack, Blue Tang, Creole Wrasse, Foureye Butterflyfish, Hawksbill Turtle, Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Orange Elephant Ear Sponge, Pluma, Porcupinefish, Smallmouth Grunt, Sponge Brittle Star, Stoplight Parrotfish Terminal Phase, Threespot Damselfish, Touch-me-not Sponge, Yellowtail Snapper.
Back to the Town Pier again as it never disappoints! As Roseanne said, its like finding all your little friends in one place. Seeing a Hawksbill Turtle eating off the pilings was a first for us. Also, a large Cubera Snapper with a retinue of pilot-like fish. Species seen: Trumpetfish, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish, Arrow Crab, Banded Coral Shrimp, Bar Jack, Butter Hamlet, Chain Moray, Cubera Snapper, Feather Duster Worm, Goldentail Moray, Hawksbill Turtle, Honeycomb Moray, Juvenile Threespot Damsel, Pilotfish, Porcupinefish, Redlip Blenny, Smooth Trunkfish, Spotted Moray, Tobaccofish, Tug Boat, Yellowhead Jawfish.
Bonaire's most famous and accessible wreck dive. Usually pretty crowded, but not too many this time. Can count on Tarpon and schooling Jacks with a nice reef to decompress on on the way back to shore. Species seen: Long-spined Sea Urchin, Horse-eye Jack, Tarpon, Tiger Grouper, White Scroll Alga, Queen Parrotfish, Smooth Trunkfish, Parrotfish, Sergeant Major, Male Sergeant Major guarding eggs, Christmas Tree Hydroid, Yellow Goatfish, Creole Wrasse, Barred Hamlet, Slender Filefish, Tang Gang, Blue Tang.
Got in a bit north of the usual and went up to the marina entrance. Like a lot of dives in this area, we saw a lot of interesting things. Best was a pink Longlure Frogfish sitting on a pink sponge. Species seen: Creolefish, Isopod, French Angelfish, Giant Anemone, Hawksbill Turtle, Longlure Frogfish, Long-spined Sea Urchin, Maculated Flounder, Ocean Surgeonfish, Peacock Flounder, Porcupinefish, Sand Diver, Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, Spotted Scorpionfish, Squat Anemone Shrimp, Tiger Grouper, Touch-me-not Sponge, Trumpetfish, Yellowhead Jawfish.
One of Bonaire's more spectacular shore dives. From the four foot jump in at La Dania's, the deep vertical walls and the plunging reef dropoff, to the huge abundance of hard corals; a dive not to be missed. Species seen: Blackbar Soldierfish, Blue Tang, Boulder Star Coral, Brown Chromis, Caribbean Reef Squid, Creole Wrasse, Elkhorn Coral, Fairy Basslet, Fire Coral, Great Barracuda, Green Finger Sponge, Lettuce Sea Slug, Orange Elephant Ear Sponge, Queen Parrotfish, Sea Fan, Smallmouth Grunt, Spanish Hogfish Juvenile, Stoplight Parrotfish, Stove-pipe Sponge, Tang Gang, Tiger Grouper, Touch-me-not Sponge, White Filefish, Yellow Tube Sponge.
Sand Dollar house reef. Tour led by the incomparable Bill & Prawphan. This is the E-ticket dive tour! Amazing collection of critters on this reef. Highlights were turtles, seahorse, and a frogfish. Species seen: Chain Moray, Hawksbill Turtle, Horse-eye Jack, Juvenile French Angelfish, Longlure Frogfish, Longsnout Seahorse, Peacock Flounder, Spotted Moray, Swimming Crinoid, Trumpetfish, Whitespotted Filefish, Yellowface Pikeblenny.
Our home reef. We dive it a lot and still very much enjoy. Explored a bit deep and in the shallows found Tangs feasting on some dead comb jellies. Species seen: French Angelfish, Mantis Shrimp, Crinoid, Yellow Goatfish, Creole Wrasse, Pederson Cleaner Shrimp, Midnight Parrotfish, Great Barracuda, Blue Tang, Spot-winged Comb Jelly, Caribbean Reef Squid, Butter Hamlet.
Long swim (90 minutes plus) through dramatic terrain. Saw the rare Yellowbelly Hamlet and a Spotted Moray out hunting...rare during the day. Very nice dive! Species seen: Creole Wrasse, Barred Hamlet, Yellowmouth Grouper, Yellowbelly Hamlet, Porcupinefish, Yellow Goatfish, Honeycomb Cowfish, Spotted Moray, Rainbow Runner, Crinoid, Tang Gang, Black Margate.