Top Diving Spots in Bonaire for Advanced Scuba Divers
Experienced divers know that the tiny Dutch island of Bonaire is home to some of the best diving in the Caribbean, if not the entire world. With nearly 90 dive sites to choose from in Bonaire National Marine Park, it can be hard to narrow it down. Here are a few of the best dive sites for experienced scuba divers.
This internationally famous wreck dive, accessible from a boat or the shore, lies at a depth of 60 to 100 feet (18 to 30 meters). The entire wreck has been transformed into an artificial reef teeming with marine life—it’s a must for those comfortable with diving into deeper waters. Certified wreck divers can even explore inside the sunken vessel.
This dive site is home to some of the most pristine corals anywhere in Bonaire. Larger fish species often visit the waters, where experienced divers can descend from 15 to 100 feet (5 to 30 meters).
Named after the set of former slave huts visible onshore on the southern end of the island, this challenging dive site rewards experienced divers with the chance to spot turtles, horse-eye jacks, and schools of baitfish, bigeye scad, and larger predatory fish.
This gem of a dive site sits off Bonaire’s east coast, known as the ‘wild side’ for its choppy waters. This sandy pit is surrounded by reef walls on all sides, where it’s common to see schools of tarpon, a nurse shark here and there, and green sea turtles swimming among the corals.
Those comfortable with drift diving shouldn’t miss the Forest. Since the site is adjacent to open water, it’s not uncommon to see sea turtles and large barracuda, as well as plenty of reef fish and the occasional moray eel. The current begins to pick up speed as you drift toward Southwest Corner.