We dove for 2 weeks, boat diving many sites around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. Winds were quite high the whole time. Visibility was 30' - 60', but in one small area dropped to around 10'. There is a healthy fish population, although we saw fewer number of species than other places in the Caribbean. Very few sponges, and most not very healthy, so color was minimal. Corals are in very bad shape. Other than some small brain corals that are healthy, most corals were largely dead, with some live patches. Algae growth was generally light on the dead corals. None of the colorful sea fans that characterize the Caribbean, except remnants of a few long dead fans. Bonaire does not compare favorably with the Bahamas, Caymans, Houduras, etc.
Bonaire is known for shore diving and indeed there are many dive sites that can be accessed from shore. However, entry and exit with your dive gear is very hazardous. There may be sand visible above water but in the light surf, it's very slick with smooth, slippery rocks with holes. After one experience with shore diving, we stuck to boat diving, much easier and safer. Boats have access to essentially all the same sites as shore diving, plus to Klein Bonaire on which there is no shore diving.
We enjoyed the Klein Bonaire and Salt Pier dives best.
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