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Bonaire is famous as the shore diving capital of the Caribbean. But most diving is done on the calm, sheltered, west coast of Bonaire. Due to rougher conditions and the need for specialized boats, there is very little diving done on the east coast.
The east coast has much more wind and wave action. Typical dive boats won't function well in these conditions, and entry from the beach for shore diving isn’t possible. Bonaire East Coast Diving is the only dive operator who currently has the specially designed Zodiac boat that can handle the conditions. They limit the size and number of excursions to protect the unspoiled nature of these dive sites. These dives are not recommended for absolute beginners, as divers use the backward roll method to enter the water, and reentering the boat can be a little challenging in rough seas. But while you are in the water, it is well worth the effort.
Scuba diving off the east coast is a completely different experience from the calm, easy dives on the west coast. Different geography, coral formations and sea life make for a unique dive experience. With so much activity on the west, most of the larger sea life has moved to the east side of the island. Sea turtles, eagle rays, sharks and large moray eels are constantly sighted. To see what made Bonaire so famous in past decades, reserve a spot on one of the east coast dive excursions.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|