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Windsock

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Windsock is located at the end of the airport runway. The beach is very popular for sunners, swimmers, kids, and of course, divers!

Directions: At the end of the airport runway (ocean side!)


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12/26/2012 Jack (Avg: 4.05 Review) - Winsock is one of my favorite dive sites day or night, very nice plenty to see! You can enter easy near the pier for reference point and go left when you reach your desired depth. Time your dive out and back to the pier it's very easy. Lots of corals and marine life to see. Viz is at least 100' just fantastic here. The beach has plenty of sand to relax on between dives so bring water and food. This is a dive I will definitely do again this coming March when we return to Bonaire. It was my Favorite site for sure and its easy entry made the little lady happy too because easy entry is tough to come by on Bonaire, but there are a few if you look hard enough for them. This is definitely one of the best sites I dove on Bonaire. We have done 25 so far and more to come very soon!

07/20/2012 Dan Ford (Avg: 3.67 Review) - Snorkeled here in July, 2012. Easy entry. Very healthy coral right off shore. Sea life of note included squid and an eel.

12/28/2009 Bill K (Avg: 3.22 Review) - There is easy access to this site along the popular beach, so it makes a good second dive site. The entry is from a sandy beach. The shallows are beat but might be OK to snorkel. The reef slopes pretty steeply, and is a mix of big coral heads and sponges with sand between them. We had a pretty decent current the day we dove here, but saw tons of tiny fish from tiny juveniles to large french angels and a goldentail moray.

05/22/2006 Jason NYC (Avg: 4.62 Review) - Located across the street from the windsock at the Bonaire airport, this easy beach entry (only very small rocks and coral rubble) is a great choice for a slow and relaxing dive. We saw all the usual suspects and concentrated our dive in one small area just observing macro life. No current, 75ft viz, short swim to the reef line over a sandy bottom that mostly ends at the drop off, and welcome to yet another great shore dive on Bonaire! You have to park your car along the busy main road so be careful suiting up. Maybe a 25 yard walk to the water. Nice and easy! This site may be listed as a northern site but I also considered it a southern site due to its typically "southern Bonaire" feel. It really is much like other places along the southern shore line like Angel City, Invisibles, and The Lake both above and below the water.

01/16/2006 Mike Struchen (Avg: 3.86 Review) - I find myself partial to the Northern sites, and I consider this a Southern site because of its characteristics. I did mention this site because of critters here. I saw 2 of the biggest examples of a particular species I have ever seen. I saw a Green Moray that was well over 7 feet, a Southern Stingray that was bigger than our rental pick-up. There were lots and lots of schools of smaller varieties. The downfall here was the surf and swim out to reef.

02/13/2005 Ed Kenney (Avg: 3.91 Review) - I only had the chance to enjoy one dive here, when wind and waves forced me off the northern sites. I wasn't expecting much and the reef was somewhat featureless, but as soon as a half dozen squid visited me, and a spotted eagle ray took off almost from under me, the site improved immensely! There was so much to see that I didn't go very deep at all, and spent 72 minutes just floating around from one cleaning station to another.

12/20/2004 Gonzalo (Avg: 2.91 Review) - My first dive here was on July 2003 and was exactly what I expected: one the best night dives in the Caribbean. Unfortunately hurricane Ivan and the crowds have torn down nearly two thirds of the large amount of corals and sponges. Last week I had the chance to do my second dive there and I was very sad and disappointed. I was told that the divemasters are the ones who tied the sponges to the columns so now there is something left to see. I really wish that nature will do its part and, in some years from now, the diving community will be able to enjoy this site as it was before.

04/08/2004 Jim Homan (Avg: 3.73 Review) - I have had very good success on this dive, even finding a seahorse at about 60 feet. The waves that hit the island devastated the coral growth in the shallows, replacing it with a lot of the debris from the docks that were wiped out further north on the island. The last time I was there, shortly after the waves, there was an incredible number of juvenile fishes, and you already could see some of the corals recovering. Make sure you lock your car. There are a lot of people who hang out here who know how long a diver will be underwater.

01/03/2004 Deborah Norton (Avg: 3.73 Review) - We chose this site as one of our first because we had a beginner diver in our group. The entry is very easy, current is light and the swim to the reef very short. However, the site is mediocre as compared to others on Bonaire.

10/15/2003 Marge Lawson (Avg: 4.10 Review) - We went here one day when we had some snorkeling friends with us, and the water was too rough farther south (where our favorite dives are). This is the only place (in 5 weeks of diving) that we found some thermoclines. Our snorkeling friends noticed the water temperature variation also. Saw a scorpion fish, some spotted drum (adult and juvenile), a spotted moray, etc. Our snorkeling friends saw three squid.

11/19/2002 Randy P (Avg: 3.79 Review) - Super easy entry, always fellow divers/swimmers around so no problems with car/gear safety. Saw a nice barracuda and octopus. TONS of juvenile fish. A good experience for all levels of divers.

02/27/2002 Marcelo S. Ramos (Avg: 4.10 Review) - North Belnen - Windsock in front of Flamingo airport. Easy entry by a rocky beach at a road easy to park. I saw squid, trumpet fish sea horses, etc at this site. Due to the fact that it is near the town (Kralendjick), it was our favorite dive site (we dove 5 times in this point in our 23 dives trip)

09/10/2001 Charles Ackerman (Avg: 3.47 Review) - Nice and easy.


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Parking

 Map     Sat
GPS: NB2301
N1207.9841'
W06816.8912'

 

Parking at Windsock 

All parking is located at the edge of the road, down by the trees in the distance. Watch for traffic as cars come whipping around the corner!

Overview

 

 

Overview at Windsock 

A very scenic beach to spend the afternoon.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: NB2303
N1207.9985'
W06816.8997'

 

Entry at Windsock 

Entry is very easy, with the reef edge just a 'stone's throw away'.

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Aerial at Windsock 
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This is a wide expanse of beach. Just pick your spot. (The wide dirt road to the Donkey Preserve is in the background.)

Last Verification: February, 2001  

 

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


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.54
Bottom Conditions:  3.77
Reef Conditions:  3.77
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  3.23
Facilities:  3.08
Solitude 3.08
Roads:  4.69
*Site Average:  3.78
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.92
Beginner Scuba:  4.46
Intermediate Scuba:  4.23
Advanced Scuba:  3.77
Night diving Scuba:  3.62

Number of reviews for this site: 13

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