Overview of Boca Bartol South

Boca Bartol South

Boca Bartol South
Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Hannah Rempel
Date: 02/09/2017


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Hannah Rempel Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Luis Obispo Reef:    5.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   United States Plant:    4.00
Diving:   5 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   700 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    1.00


*Average:    4.02
I've been diving at over 2/3 of the (official) sites on Bonaire and this is now in my top 5. The marine life is hands down amazing, and the reef shape is unique- one of the only places to find spur and groove formations on the west coast. We saw 1 nurse shark, 3 southern stingrays, a 1m/3' rainbow parrotfish (and another smaller one), and a juvenile turtle. Easiest entry: -By the most southern end of the inlet there's a cement square, just S of there is a nice place to walk down to the inlet. There's a piece of coral that juts out creating a little protective 'cove' at the very end of the inlet. There was decent sized surf/waves (though there were 22kt winds that day), but it was doable. For people less stable on their feet, have a buddy carry weights in for you. Snorkel out ~30', there's a channel near the S bank of the inlet. Descend in one of the spur groove channels, head out past the sand flats till you hit the reef crest and you're in for a great dive. Who should dive here: People experienced with shore entries with surf/surge and stable on their feet. Navigation skills also help- but there are good natural markers underwater.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2017
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    2.00

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