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    Snorkeling "Eighteen Palms"

    by ainsleigh Written Jan 30, 2010

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    The "Eighteen Palms" snorkel and dive site is located off the beach in front of the Plaza Resort Bonaire Hotel, opposite the Lieutenant Governor's house. It's near to a busy hotel beach that's pretty good for swimming.

    While snorkeling we saw schools of blue tangs, chromis, sergeant majors, and beautiful coral landscapes. The water is very calm and clear, and the reef slants down into the deep so you can just float over top the different kinds of coral. It's also a good place to see eagle rays.

    School of blue tangs at Eighteen Palms School of chromis at Eighteen Palms Blue tangs and coral, Eighteen Palms Coral landscape, Eighteen Palms Busy reef, Eighteen Palms
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    Wilemstoren Lighthouse

    by ainsleigh Written Jan 30, 2010

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    First lit in 1838, Wilemstoren Lighthouse is located at the Southern tip of the island. It's a great place to walk or drive, and there are some cool ruins on the beaches nearby.

    There is a dive site here; guides recommend it only be attempted by advanced divers, and during the calmest conditions. Needless to say we didn't get a chance to check out the water at this part of the island.

    Wilemstoren Lighthouse, Bonaire Wilemstoren Lighthouse, Bonaire Wilemstoren Lighthouse and ruins of an old house Ruins of an old house on the beach in Bonaire Ruins of an old house by the lighthouse in Bonaire
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    Bachelor's Beach

    by ainsleigh Written Jan 30, 2010

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    Another spot with good diving and snorkeling right off the shore, but a little rocky for swimming. You can see lots of coral, gorgonians and sponges, as well as parrotfish, filefish and surgeonfish. Currents are mild. It's also a very nice walk.

    Bachelor Beach, Bonaire Bachelor Beach, Bonaire Purple sponges at Bachelor Beach Gorgonians at Bachelor Beach Purple sponges at Bachelor Beach
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    Renee Snorkel Trips

    by ainsleigh Written Jan 30, 2010

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    Renee is an excellent guide who can take you on snorkeling trips all around Bonaire. She has an extensive knowledge of fish and coral, and was always willing to teach. We learned a great deal about the reef and she took us to places where we could find some of the more uncommon or harder to spot fish. The night snorkeling trip was one of the most amazing things I've ever done.

    Renee will also provide transportation, snorkeling lessons, equipment if required and cold water for $30 USD an hour for one stop, $35 USD for two stops and $40 USD for three stops. She only takes groups of up to 4 people. She helped us choose good places to go on our own in between trips. I really can't say enough good things about Renee Snorkel Trips...we have so many cool undersea memories to thank her for.

    Snorkeling in Bonaire: French angelfish Snorkeling in Bonaire: hogfish and spotted eel Snorkeling in Bonaire: squid Snorkeling in Bonaire: stoplight parrotfish Snorkeling in Bonaire: sergeant majors
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    Kralendijk Town Pier

    by ainsleigh Updated Jan 29, 2010

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    Kralendijk Town Pier is one of the best known snorkeling and diving sites on Bonaire, and is rated one of the best night dive sites in the world. There was amazing snorkeling here; during the day you can see grunts, trunkfish, parrotfish, and French angelfish among others. At night there were eels, pufferfish, an octopus, and much more. The plankton glow like tiny stars and you can see a new, eerily beautiful side to the reef.

    We went with a guide-please see my tip on "Renee Snorkel Trips" - you can enter the water right from shore but I'm not sure if special permission may be required at certain times. Regardless you'll want to be aware of boat traffic.

    The pier is in the middle of Kralendijk and is a nice place to walk along as well.

    Coral blocks by Kralendijk's town pier Busy reef by KralendijK town pier. KralendijK town pier Coral growth on blocks at Kralendijk Town Pier Cool brain coral at Town Pier
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    Island tour with Achie Tours

    by Dabs Written Jan 25, 2010

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    After we were done with our snorkel tour, the owner of Woodwind asked us if we were interested in a 3 hour island tour so we opted to do that instead of getting a taxi to take us around. The tour was on a 20-30 person minibus and cost $25 per person, a reasonable amount for a 3 hour tour. They first took us north along the west coast of Bonaire pointing out some rock formations and popular snorkel and dive sights. At the north end of the island, they took us to an overlook to see Goto Lake which was filled with delightful pink flamingos, still a bit too far away to see closely. But they then took us closer to the lake, we couldn't get out but you could see the flamingos up close and personal from the window including one poor fellow with a broken wing who was walking in circles while trying to eat his afternoon snack.

    From there they took us through the middle of Bonaire with a couple of stops for photos and then down to the southern end of the island to see the salt flats and slave huts. The flamingo sanctuary down on that part of the island is too far away to see anything but pink dots.

    Achie Tours Cactus Fence made from cactus Bonaire

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    Casa Iguana House Reef

    by klasher Written Nov 26, 2009

    This reef is largly unspoiled due to the limited access to the reef. This part of the island is lined with private homes and next door to Belmar Dive. You could do a nice drift dive by entering at Bachelor's Beach and exiting at Belmar Apartments.
    We did several dives here due to the easy accessibility. The reef is healthy and the best depth is 35-45 feet. Baracuda, tarpon, soft corals, seahorse, parrotfish, trunkfish and many others.

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    Dive Pink Beach

    by klasher Written Nov 26, 2009

    Maybe if you concentrate really hard, this beach could be pink. Small sandy strip with a couple of palm trees. Beautiful dive with most of the interesting stuff around 40-50 feet. Lots of brain coral, orange elephant ear and lavender tubes.

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    Dive Buddy's Reef

    by klasher Written Nov 26, 2009

    We pulled our truck full of gear right up to the waterfront and had an awesome burger and some beers prior to our dive at Buddy. Easy ladder entry and exit. Night dives here are very popular thanks to the friendly resident Tarpon who like to fish by dive lights.
    Buddy Dive resort is partners with Belmar Divers and we were able to use their drive through tank exchange.

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    Dive Alice in Wonderland

    by klasher Written Nov 26, 2009

    This is a double reef southern site. Entry is in light surf with large rocks to navigate. As with all of the Southern spots, there is an abundance of soft coral. We did not explore the second reef, we were having too much fun on the first. Keep your eyes to the sandy channel that separates the reefs for rays.

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    Dive Hilma Hooker

    by klasher Written Nov 26, 2009

    The Hilma Hooker is a popular Southern dive. We arrived at 8 am and had the whole dive to ourselves. Everytime we would drive by the site in late morning and afternoon, there were always multiple trucks at the sight.
    The Hilma Hooker was busted with 25,000 pounds of marijuana before it was sacrificed to the ocean. The owner of the boat lived two doors down from where we were staying.
    The dive was nice, easy entry and the botoom of the boat lies at 90 feet. Bring a light.

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    Dive Red Slave

    by klasher Written Nov 24, 2009

    Red Slave is one of the named dives furthest south. We encountered pretty stiff currents, but the wildlife was worth it. We saw all of the usual suspects including a Southern Stingray and multiple turtles. It seems most of the wildlife was at 25-30 feet. The turtles could be found underneath soft coral and were abundant not far from the mooring.

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    1,000 Steps

    by ainsleigh Written Jul 11, 2009

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    1,000 steps was our best snorkelling experience in Bonaire. We were fortunate enough to see an endangered hawksbill turtle a few metres in from the drop-off which was just amazing to watch. You can also see a variety of coral and gorgonian sea rods, and of course tons of reef fish. Entry into the water is right from the beach which is also really beautiful.

    Built in 1968, the stone staircase down to the beach is actually only 67 steps, however was apparently given its name for how it feels like 1,000 steps when climbing up with scuba gear. The site is well marked and located along the scenic coastal drive, which was also a highlight and totally worth doing.

    Hawksbill turtle at Bonaire's 1,000 steps Bonaire's 1,000 steps taken from the caribbean sea Bonaire's 1,000 steps Hawksbill turtle at Bonaire's 1,000 steps Blue tangs and parrotfish at Bonaire's 1,000steps
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    Butterfly Farm

    by Ahidyn Updated Feb 21, 2009

    You can find butterflies from around the world ( more that 30 species)
    open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM. Entrance fee is $12.00 per person for adults, and $8.00 per person for children up to 12 years old.

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    Solar Salt Hills

    by Ahidyn Written Feb 21, 2009

    flat salt pans called saliƱas are flooded with sea water , and then allowed to evaporate under the heat of the sun. This leaves the ocean's bountiful salt filling the pans, and then collected and moved, become pyramids of salt.

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