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A bottlenose dolphin swims over the reef at Monte’s Divi

Klein Bonaire Dive Sites

A NO NAME BEACH

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B EBO’S REEF
C JERRY’S REEF
D JUST A NICE DIVE
E NEAREST POINT
F KEEPSAKE
G BONAVENTURE
H MONTE’S DIVI
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ROCK PILE

J JOANNE’S SUNCHI

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K CAPT DON’S REEF
L SOUTH BAY
M HANDS OFF
N FOREST
O SOUTHWEST CORNER
P MUNK’S HAVEN

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Q TWIXT
R SHARON’S SERENITY
S VALLERIE’S HILL
T MI DUSHI

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U C H ANNEX / YELLOWMAN
V CARL’S HILL
W EBO’S SPECIAL
X LEONORA’S REEF

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Y KNIFE
Z SAMPLER

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Klein Bonaire Dive Sites

GOOD SNORKELING

ture, to ensure healthy reefs, turtle and
waterfowl nesting grounds would be
open and native plants and animals
could thrive.
The government of Bonaire has plans
for the island to become one of the Antilles National Parks, whereby it will remain untouched forever. However, the
remainder of the money necessary to
pay for it and formalize park management must now be raised.
Divers mostly dive here in the mornings but afternoon and night dives here
are excellent.

Klein Bonaire is the flat, little uninhabited island off the central west coast of
Bonaire that is a paradise for snorkelers
and divers, and also a popular destination for day-trippers.
Every day, boats carrying beachgoers
and divers head out to visit the 26 marine park sites on the island. Many just
head to No Name Beach to laze in the
white sand and soak up the rays. Others
enjoy the deep dives in the channel between the islands, or the beautiful corals off the western end of Klein.
Snorkelers use the moorings here and
go to some of the very rewarding sites
in the protected bay areas, where coral
is thick and the water clear.
This island is now a reserve and a
sea turtle hatchery. Sea turtles use the
beaches of the island to make nests and
lay eggs. Thus, only a small portion of
the island and its beaches are open for
public use, and the rest is set aside for
turtles and to let the natural flora and
fauna grow.
This island has a rich history in the
diving world and was once privately
owned. In 1939, German dive pioneer
Hans Has explored and photographed it.
In 1966, American John Bogart bought
the island for $15,000. He and Bonaire’s
scuba pioneer, Capt Don Stewart, intended to develop Klein Bonaire. The
island was overrun with goats, so Capt
Don organized the ‘Great Goat Round
Up.’ The past 33 years have now been
goat-free and the natural f...
Klein Bonaire is the flat, little uninhab-
ited island off the central west coast of
Bonaire that is a paradise for snorkelers
and divers, and also a popular destina-
tion for day-trippers.
Every day, boats carrying beachgoers
and divers head out to visit the 26 ma-
rine park sites on the island. Many just
head to No Name Beach to laze in the
white sand and soak up the rays. Others
enjoy the deep dives in the channel be-
tween the islands, or the beautiful cor-
als off the western end of Klein.
Snorkelers use the moorings here and
go to some of the very rewarding sites
in the protected bay areas, where coral
is thick and the water clear.
This island is now a reserve and a
sea turtle hatchery. Sea turtles use the
beaches of the island to make nests and
lay eggs. Thus, only a small portion of
the island and its beaches are open for
public use, and the rest is set aside for
turtles and to let the natural flora and
fauna grow.
This island has a rich history in the
diving world and was once privately
owned. In 1939, German dive pioneer
Hans Has explored and photographed it.
In 1966, American John Bogart bought
the island for $15,000. He and Bonaires
scuba pioneer, Capt Don Stewart, in-
tended to develop Klein Bonaire. The
island was overrun with goats, so Capt
Don organized the ‘Great Goat Round
Up. The past 33 years have now been
goat-free and the natural flora has been
able to make a comeback.
More recently, other development
plans surfaced, and in 1996 a group of
concerned citizens – led by longtime
Bonaire naturalist Dee Scarr – met to
save the island.
Money was raised from various
sources (mostly private and through
help from the Dutch government) to
buy the island and give it back to na-
ture, to ensure healthy reefs, turtle and
waterfowl nesting grounds would be
open and native plants and animals
could thrive.
The government of Bonaire has plans
for the island to become one of the An-
tilles National Parks, whereby it will re-
main untouched forever. However, the
remainder of the money necessary to
pay for it and formalize park manage-
ment must now be raised.
Divers mostly dive here in the morn-
ings but afternoon and night dives here
are excellent.
Klein Bonaire Dive Sites
Klein Bonaire Dive Sites
GOOD SNORKELING
NOVICE
INTERMEDIATE
ADVANCED
A NO NAME BEACH
••
B EBO’S REEF
C JERRY’S REEF
D JUST A NICE DIVE
E NEAREST POINT
F KEEPSAKE
G BONAVENTURE
••
H MONTE’S DIVI
••
I ROCK PILE
••
J JOANNE’S SUNCHI
••
K CAPT DON’S REEF
L SOUTH BAY
••
M HANDS OFF
••
N FOREST
••
O SOUTHWEST CORNER
••
P MUNK’S HAVEN
••
Q TWIXT
R SHARON’S SERENITY
S VALLERIE’S HILL
••
T MI DUSHI
••
U C H ANNEX / YELLOWMAN
V CARL’S HILL
W EBO’S SPECIAL
X LEONORA’S REEF
••
Y KNIFE
Z SAMPLER
••
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