Overview of Nukove


Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Nukove is really out of the way, but not difficult to find with a good map. It is a beautiful cove and beach area where you'll have little, if any, company. The dive is easy and rewarding. Bring a lunch and plenty of water.

Directions: You'll start your trek by turning right just before the Bonaire Petroleum Corporation storage tanks in the Karpata area.


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09/17/2012 Mark Wilson from Beaumont (Avg: 3.69 Review) - We have been to Bonaire before but wanted to dive Nukove this time. It was about a hour and a half drive from our Condo. The road was rough in spots. If you are in a Car, or have not driven on rough roads don't do it. Also have the extra insurance on the vehicle. In many places the overgrowth will scratch the car. Once there, the entry was intermediate. The coral is a bit jagged in spots. The rocks and coral in the entry were very slippery. Once in, there are a couple of ways out over the reef table. Out through the sandy shelf and to the reef, it was great. It was nice diving in a spot that is not overdove. Being a Bonaire reef of course it was great. I did see the largest Parrot Fish that I have ever seen. I recommend it if you have never done it. Bring lots of water and snacks as the only service is a trash can. We also dive 63cu tanks for shore dives for less weight. All in all, I can now say I dove it and it was a decent dive.

10/01/2011 Anonymous (Avg: 4.24 Review) - This is by far the best snorkeling place we have ever been to, and it has been over 11 years ever since 1989. The beach is quite secluded and quiet (or it used to be).

08/07/2011 Richard 1 (Avg: 3.77 Review) - This was a great dive. Worth the extra time on the road, and no 4WD is needed. Had it all to ourselves. Entry a little more difficult than average, but not a problem. Nice sized Hawkbill that swam up to my son and 'kissed' his mask. Reef very healthy, and current minimal the day we dove. Highly recommend this dive.

03/28/2008 Artur Gasparetto (Avg: 3.28 Review) - You just have to worry about the way in and out to the shore. The entry is a little more difficult because of the stones and reefs right on the shore, and the surf that throw you to the stones. There is a path between the reefs that drives you to the drop off and then...freedom! And like the rest of Bonaire, a great dive site! The life is more abundant from here to south than to the north.

01/02/2008 Yuri (Avg: 4.44 Review) - We dived there in December 07. It took us about an hour to get there from Sand $, and you need a 4WD to do that. The sea was calm and the dive was very interesting. The coral formations were the largest we saw on Bonaire, and sea life very diverse and abundant. After this dive we followed the road until the end and dived there (I could not figure out the name of the site; it is a small plaza with couple of shacks and there is a salina with flamingo right there) which also was an awesome dive. Highly recommended.

08/06/2007 Maria from Atlanta (Avg: 4.54 Review) - Pristine dive site! Definitely worth the long trek down the isolated dirt road. One of the best sites on Bonaire! Pack water, snacks and make sure you have bug spray and a functional spare tire. The condition of the road is similar to the roads within the park and the gnats are relentless.

12/27/2004 Pim Smits (Avg: 4.34 Review) - One of the best dive sites on Bonaire! Only the first few meters the coral have not yet recovered from the storm in 2000. Below 6 meters the coral is just perfect.

01/05/2002 Sharon (Avg: 3.34 Review) - This was my very first shore dive. This was post Lenny and we went to this site based on pre Lenny reports. The easy entry is gone, for about 30 feet out from the shore there is rock that washed in from Lenny, the water over the rock bed is only a foot deep, makes for very tricky going out to deeper water. Once over the rocks, the dive site was beautiful. I now have over 60 shore dives, but still would not want to go over those rocks again.

07/18/2001 Eds Link (Avg: 2.44 Review) - This site was great prior to 2000. In the fall of 2000 it was really bad as most of the coral was just rubble.

07/02/2001 Mike Dunn (Avg: 4.32 Review) - Excellent site. There was lots of fish life. The entry is a little tricky getting from the parking lot to the beach, but not that difficult. There was no one there when we were there, and definitely worth the trip. Remember that the road back is one way and you must go through Rincon to get back. We dove this the day before Lenny hit, and actually ate at the Green parrot on it's last night in business.


Site Photos

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GPS: NB0701


Entrance at Nukove 

This picture is looking South, back toward at the turn-off at the storage tanks. The road is well-maintained dirt and gravel, with concrete paving on the hills and ravines.


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GPS: NB0702


Entrance at Nukove 

Driving North along the coast, hopefully the yellow marker and sign will still be there. Your GPS will tell you exactly where to turn.


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GPS: NB0703


Parking at Nukove 

There's plenty of parking for this small cove.




Overview at Nukove 

The cove and entry are to the right. The kick-out is easy.


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GPS: NB0705


Entry at Nukove 

The entry is a sandy beach.




Aerial at Nukove 
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You don't have to swim far to reach whatever depth you want.

Last Verification: February, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Nukove  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.20
Bottom Conditions:  4.10
Reef Conditions:  4.20
Animal Life:  4.20
Plant Life:  4.30
Facilities:  2.40
Solitude 4.10
Roads:  2.50
*Site Average:  3.84

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.00
Beginner Scuba:  2.90
Intermediate Scuba:  3.40
Advanced Scuba:  3.70
Night diving Scuba:  2.70

Number of reviews for this site: 10


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