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Dive sites I will always do again, dive site I will not do again.

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by rayaslin, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. rayaslin

    rayaslin Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oklahoma
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    Came back from a wonderful week in Bonaire, our 3rd trip.

    We dove rented tanks from Dive Friends. On recommendation from the DFB shop near our condo (hamlet oasis) we visited the DFB at Delfins resort (a very snazzy looking place) which is basically just north of lighthouse point.

    We ended up visiting it twice, that's a great dive. It's bit of a kick out, and you do need to make sure you start your dive into the current - but it was beautiful. Eagle ray on the first visit, turtle on the second. Some fighting scorpion fish...and countless other little things.



    Dives I won't do again. Just to try something different - we did the shore dive off the Divi resort just south of the cruise ship. The first half of the dive was fine. It was an mid morning/lunch time dive. On the 2nd half of the dive the cruise ship started up her engines. That went from 'hmm, that's loud' to 30 minutes later when we were finally back to our entry point on the wall - much closer to the cruise ship where it was maddening. My ears actually rang for a few minutes after exiting the water.

    The dive was visibly pretty (they all are though) but that noise...never again...maybe as a night dive when the ships are gone.

    FYI - if you do want to try that dive: If you are visiting divi (not staying there) you have to send one person to the front entrance of resort - to open the back gate from the inside - the other person drives around to park near the back gate.

    Tried something special for the first time, it was pretty nice. The parking situation was a bit suspect. While we were there came across someone who seemed to be sticking his head in open truck windows (better than breaking closed ones I suppose).

    Not so many turtles this trip as we saw in September. In sept we saw them every dive. This time we saw 3 across the week. I'm convinced they are there it's just a matter of luck :) We get focused on looking deep in the reef for critters, I think we might miss them above us.

    already want to go back.
     
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  2. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
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    2,791
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    Thanks @rayaslin any other "will" or "won't" sites on Bonaire?
     
  3. arew+4

    arew+4 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pa
    471
    462
    63
    Will:
    Oil Slick Leap
    Salt Pier
    Tolo
    Karpata
    Windsock, if for nothing else lunch on the beach after
     
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  4. rayaslin

    rayaslin Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oklahoma
    145
    59
    28
    the ones that arew+4 listed above are certainly on my will list:

    our top 5 - in no particular order - these are the dives we would't leave the island without doing...
    Karpata, Delphins, Oil Slick, Salt Pier, Alice in Wonderland

    Most of the others fall under the 'great dives' but I'm willing to give up in order to visit another site.

    That's bonaire, you can pick from the great dives or really great dives.
     
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  5. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Portland, OR
    2,169
    2,377
    113
    In addition to what @arew+4 recommended

    Will:
    The Lake
    Candyland (not on the maps)
    Nukove
    Pink Beach
    Red Beryl
    Vista Blue
    Red Slave (conditions permitting)

    Won't:
    Hilma Hooker (controversial, I know!) - just doesn't do anything for me. I am not into wrecks for wrecks sake. I need a compelling reason. Some historical significance or amazing coral growth and/or fish life. The Hooker meets none of my criteria. It is a Bonaire check off dive in my opinion. One and done. It is to Bonaire what the Kittiwake is to Grand Cayman. Again- just my opinion and preference.
     
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  6. kilroy63

    kilroy63 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canada
    14
    7
    3
    Try the hooker reef instead of the wreck much better
     
  7. shoredivr

    shoredivr Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ontario
    8,827
    9,483
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    Do many times again

    Weber’s Joy
    Salt Pier
    Invisibles
    Bari
    Cliff
    Karpata
     
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  8. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern NH.
    1,445
    533
    113
    I think that the only dive that I have done that I will probably not do again is Salt Pier. It's just too sad to see what humans can do to a reef system, I just don't have any desire to dive in a junk yard.
     
  9. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Portland, OR
    2,169
    2,377
    113
    Not me and another reason I don't dive Hilma Hooker. The adjacent reef is devoid of life, compared to so many other places on the island. Not like I haven't given it many chances either.
     
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  10. RIHappyDiver

    RIHappyDiver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Rhode Island
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    We had a similar cruise ship experience but it was on either Windsock or Bachelor’s. A ship left shortly after we started the dive, so it was a distant rumble followed by a deafening rumble followed by another distant rumble. Finally, it cleared our area. If I go back I will definitely do the dive again, I’ll just check cruise schedules first.

    Erik
     
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