Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
08/12/2004 4.65 La Machaca Bonaire North, ABC Islands
I was staying at Captain Don's so dived it several times over the week. It was so convenient for us as we could get from our bedroom to the water in about 45 seconds. It is the best 'House reef' I've dived. The coral is in excellent condition and it has an abundance of fish. Loads of parrots, angels, blue chromis, bigeyes and grunts. I also saw eels, mainly spotted moray but also one big green one, lizardfish, porcupines and scorpions. At night we were joined by Tarpon longer than us, as they hunted anything our torch beams picked out. Even if you are not staying on site it would still be a dive I would recommend to anyone.
08/11/2004 3.61 Town Pier Bonaire North, ABC Islands
The secret of this dive is a good dive master. Robert at Capt. Don's was great! He knew all the places to look. He took it very slowly taking exactly an hour to go around the site. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who hasn't mastered there buoyancy as you need to spend most of the time hovering between one and three metres. I'm told that before the hurricane it was superb but it still proved to be the dive highlight of my trip. The corals are spectacular growing perpendicular to the pillars. We saw among other things two frogfish, a turtle, an octopus, two seahorses and several eels. It was busy with two other groups of divers down at the same time as us but since you need to do this one slowly it wasn't a problem most of the time. We were also joined by several large (over two meter) Tarpon using our dive lights to hunt.