Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
02/09/2017 4.02 Boca Bartol South Bonaire North, ABC Islands
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.