Diving in Bonaire: From Karpata to Hilma Hookers


With a warm, dry climate year-round and an effortless access to magnificent underwater gardens, Bonaire is easily one of the top diving destinations in the Caribbean. It caters to a number of avid snorkelers and divers who are keen on taking a closer glimpse of the island’s astonishing natural environment. Lucky me, I was able to explore four of its top diving sites last year:


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Alice in Wonderland.
This dive demands divers to take caution on their depth gauge while delving into the wonders of the double reef. The depth of this popular dive ranges from 30 to 100 feet.

Hilma Hooker.
Lying 60 to 100 feet below water surface, this site features a sunken cargo ship that has been covered with stunning orange coral across the decades. This wreck is home to a wide variety of marine species, including eels, barracudas, and tarpons.

Known for its dramatic underwater landscape, Karpata is a visual Mecca for photographers, both amateur and professional. This world-class dive offers enormous elkhorn coral formations, in addition to a remarkable marine wildlife. Moreover, Karpata caters to all levels of divers with its 18 to 100 feet depth.


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One Thousand Steps.
Although it takes more than just 1,000 steps from the beach shore to get to this popular site, One Thousand Steps is outright phenomenal. It possesses a high temple-like star coral formation where different reef creatures thrive. In its hollow cores, divers may keep an eye out on male sergeant majors guarding their eggs. In addition, this 20- to 100-feet dive offers an encounter with manta rays, whale sharks, and hawkbill turtles.

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