Overview of Karpata


Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Ed Kenney
Date: 02/06/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Ed Kenney Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Rainier Reef:    4.00
State:   Washington Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   10 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   400 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.51
Karpata is the best site I dove from shore on Bonaire. Even the reef top held surprises after a leisurely solo tour of the steep spur/grooves to the right. It would easy to spend three dives in the second groove alone, following it from 100 up through both branches, the diversity and density of species is so great. Loved the turtles wedged into small spaces. Don't know what species the yellow jacks were exactly, but they were abundant and inspirational! I only had time to lightly explore four grooves and really enjoyed the view in crystalline viz from the edge of one groove to another. Loved the filefish variety and squid in the shallows. Oddly, this is the only dive on Bonaire where I didn't see a tarpon or barracuda. It can be a bad place to leave your rental car unattended. Mine was broken into and the hose severed in my ensuing drift snorkel from nearby Weber's Joy to 1000 Steps.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2002
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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