Overview of Karpata


Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Bill K
Date: 12/21/2011


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill K Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Dover Reef:    5.00
State:   Delaware Animal:    5.00
Country:   United States Plant:    3.00
Diving:   30 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   500 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    4.31
We finally worked out the family schedule to make this dive and it was definitely worth it. Remember that this site is pretty far north on the one-way road, so you have to make the 25-minute trip back through Rincon to return to town. The entry wasn't bad in 1 foot surf -- gently walk in to the platform, grab on and walk to the right side, then put on your fins and swim out. Reverse the steps on the return. Heavy surf conditions should make you carefully reconsider this dive. The reef drops off steeply and is cut by V-shaped coral canyons, not sand chutes as at most other sites. The comments about flying out from or above the reef should be followed! Corals and sponges were abundant and healthy, though we saw lots of brown algae below about 60 feet. There are plenty of fish, but the scenery makes this dive outstanding. Take time to snorkel after your dive, since the mooring is only in 18 feet of water. There are some sea fans south of the concrete entry slab.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2011
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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