1000 Steps Beach
The promise of a beautiful, remote beach and ocean filled with coral make the descent to 1000 Steps Beach more than worth the effort. But, not to worry, the hike down is ‘only’ 72 steps. This diving spot is perfect for divers of all levels. The average depth is 20 metres and the coral reef starts just off the coast. Once underwater, you’ll see a wide diversity of sea animals, including dolphins, basking sharks, hawksbill sea turtles and rays.
A special diving spot
The locals love to dive at Something Special, not so much for the coral, but first and foremost because it’s teeming with sea life. Manta rays can be seen gliding over the sandy sea bottom and, in some places, garden eels pop up their heads – a fantastic sight to see. These unique fish bury most of their bodies in the sand and only poke their heads from their burrows, as if they are growing like plants in a garden. Something Special is suitable for beginners and easy to reach from the marina. It is also possible to go night diving here.
Get your camera ready
Karpata, in north-eastern Bonaire, is one of the most popular diving spots on the island. It is named after the country estate on the coast and divers enter the water from its pier. The water here is calm and clear, making it perfect for beginners. In some places, the reef drops straight downwards, where you’ll see a few old ship anchors at the bottom. Thanks to the clarity of the water, divers can take fabulous pictures of seahorses, angelfish, horn coral and more.