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This is the most accessible access to the second reef of the double reef system. The two are closest (I believe) here and deep is not required. It gets deeper the as it goes south. Where the slope starts is a very likely place to see some pelagic species swinging by.
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Angel_City/
www.oldbonairetalk.com/newsgroup/messages/30/222907.html
Species:
Smallmouth Grunt
Stoplight Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Horse-eye Jack
Cubera Snapper
Yellow Goatfish
Palometa
Ocean Triggerfish
Schoolmaster

Another dive in the aquarium...
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Red_Beryl/
scubadiverlife.com/best-dive-sites-bonaire/
Species:
Hawksbill Turtle
Yellowtail Snapper
Spotted Eagle Ray
Smooth Trunkfish
Juvenile French Angelfish

A dive at Sand Dollar Resort's house reef. I made it into four separate "dance" sequences. Seemed right at the time!
www.sanddollarbonaire.com/
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Bari_Reef/index.htm
Species:
Horse-eye Jack
Trumpetfish
Smooth Trunkfish
Hawksbill Turtle
Prawphan, fish whisperer

Just south of Atlantis, Vista Blue has even easier entry (no kiteboarders!) and just as much an "aquarium" dive. Lush!
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Vista_Blue/
Species:
Creole Wrasse
Trumpetfish
Honeycomb Cowfish
Juvenile Spotted Drum
Yellowtail Snapper
Saucereye Porgy
Banded Butterflyfish
Hawksbill Turtle
Great Barracuda
Long-spined Sea Urchin

Footage from three dives, on the 28th and 30th October plus 16 November 2007.
Species:
Common Octopus
Bearded Fireworm
Christmas Tree Worm
Tarpon
Porcupinefish
Rainbow Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Blue Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Stoplight Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Trumpetfish
Bar Jack
Juvenile Spanish Hogfish
Midnight Parrotfish
Tang Gang
Banded Butterflyfish

Ah, what contrasts! Siem Reap sports "6 Star" Hotels ... then you walk out the door. Angkor Wat was way beyond expectations. Wow!
www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/siem-reap-angkor-wat-world-heritage-guide
Watch:
The Khmer Empire - Fall of the God Kings
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghmjIBD2Fd4

Aka Saigon. We fly in from Hue and spend the day seeing the sights around the city. It has none of the charm of Hanoi. In the evening we depart for Siem Reap, gateway to Ankgor Wat.

Famous in the west for the Tet Offensive, but I swear, you cannot spit without hitting a Concubine palace/villa/whatever.
It was the custom of the day to exile orphaned/widowed Concubines to a magnificent villa out away from palace intriques.
www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/once-in-a-lifetime-journeys/asia/guide-to-hue-the-imperial-city-of-vietname/

Playa Frans is the last dive site going north before the Washington Slagbaai National Park reserve. A fish camp.
www.bonairetalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-76333.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Slagbaai_National_Park
stinapabonaire.org/washington-slagbaai/
Species:
Gorgonian
Juvenile Threespot Damsel
Fairy Basslet
Crinoid
Scrawled Filefish
Squirrelfish
Pillar Coral
Whitespotted Filefish
Yellow Goatfish
Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse
Porcupinefish
Smooth Trunkfish
Lettuce Sea Slug
Caribbean Reef Squid
Blackbar Soldierfish
Caesar Grunt
Goldentail Moray
Black Durgon

Another "drift" dive (ie ignore current direction) from the aptly named La Dania's Leap north to the next dive site Karpata.
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/La_Dianas_Leap
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Karpata/
Species:
Tiger Grouper
Giant Anemone
Yellow Goatfish
Banded Butterflyfish
Christmas Tree Worm
Barred Hamlet
Smooth Trunkfish
Hawksbill Turtle
Bar Jack
Brown Chromis
Mahogany Snapper
Schoolmaster
Stoplight Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Stoplight Parrotfish Initial Phase
Tang Gang
Spanish Hogfish

Trouble is, every visitor we have insists on diving the Salt Pier. Earlier in the day, the better!
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Salt_Pier/
Species:
Princess Parrotfish
French Grunt
Juvenile French Angelfish (running a cleaning station, see below)
Bar Jack
Squirrelfish
Smooth Trunkfish
Caribbean Reef Squid
Queen Angelfish
Great Barracuda
Midnight Parrotfish
Sergeant Major
Blackbar Soldierfish
Yellow Goatfish
Banded Butterflyfish
Whitespotted Filefish
Brown Chromis
Queen Parrotfish
Tarpon
Schoolmaster
Scrawled Filefish
Spotted Trunkfish
Yellowfin Mojarra
Silversides
Pelican
***
www.leisurepro.com/blog/explore-the-blue/reef-life-what-is-a-reef-cleaning-station/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleaning_station
www.livingoceansfoundation.org/science-diary-15-may-2006/

Once is never enough, so, back to the premier southern site. No kite boarders to deal with this time!
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Atlantis/
Species:
SchoolMaster
Foureye Butterflyfish
Trumpetfish
Creole Wrasse with Ispod
Banded Butterflyfish
Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse
Peacock Flounder
Hawksbill Turtle
Bar Jack
French Angelfish
French Grunt
Mottled Mojarra

It is a great night dive, somehow we almost always do it during the day. I'd guess because it is nice to see the fish that think you are there to feed them. The night shift is far more rude
www.skin-diver.com/bonaire/divesites5.html
Species:
Porcupinefish
Sand DIver
French Angelfish
Giant Anemone
French Grunt
Butter Hamlet
Orangespotted Filefish
Spotted Trunkfish
Queen Angelfish
Graysby
Trumpetfish
Arrow Crab
Sharptail Eel
Smooth Trunkfish
Foureye Butterflyfish
Spotted Moray
Threespot Damselfish, enraged
Peacock Flounder
Corkscrew Anemone
Banded Coral Shrimp
Juvenile French Anglefish
Purplemouth Moray

Yeah, only about 72 or so, but whose counting? Steps lead to a great beach and dive. If I remember right, I was leading a bunch of Brazilians this dive...
/www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/1000_Steps/
Species:
French Angelfish
Rainbow Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Smooth Trunkfish
Striped Parrotfish
Tang Gang
Sergeant Major
Blackbar Soldierfish
Bar Jack
Juvenile Spanish Hogfish
Mahogany Snapper
Black Durgon
Queen Parrotfish Initial Phase
Trumpetfish

Once again at our house reef. It is fun getting to know a dive site like the back of your hand. Here, we have a cleaning extravaganza!
www.leisurepro.com/blog/explore-the-blue/reef-life-what-is-a-reef-cleaning-station/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleaning_station
www.livingoceansfoundation.org/science-diary-15-may-2006/
Species:
Bar Jack
Juvenile Spanish Hogfish
Hawksbill Turtle
Creole Wrasse
Banded Coral Shrimp

Queen of the southern sites, IMHO. With the extra fun of dodging Kite Surfers. At times, I've used my camera housing held over my head while hugging the bottom to get past the long shallow sandy bottom. Worth the effort!
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Atlantis/
www.bonairekiteschool.com
Species:
Greater Soapfish
Peacock Flounder
Gorgonian
Black Margate
Whitespotted Filefish
Creolefish
Sergeant Major
Great Barracuda
Glasaseye Snapper
Bar Jack
Yellow Jack
Smallmouth Grunt
Yellow Goatfish
Stoplight Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Hawksbill Turtle
Brown Chromis
Schoolmaster
Isopod
Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse
Yellowhead Wrasse Terminal Phase
Sand Tilefish

This is an unmarked site to the north. You drive around the tank farm and find it before you get the Nukove, a marked site.
www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/off-the-beaten-path-dive-sites-of-bonaire.329098/page-2
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Nukove/
www.bonairetalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-75929.html
Species:
Stoplight Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Black Durgon
Scrawled Filefish
Creole Wrasse
Stovepipe Sponge
Fairy Basslet
Peppermint Basslet
Smooth Trunkfish
Juvenile Spotted Drum
Crab (unidentified)
Great Barracuda
Gorgonian
Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse
Foureye Butterflyfish
French Angelfish
Elkhorn Coral

House Reef of the Hamlet Resort.
A beautiful little wall in shallow water is very picturesque.
www.hamletbonaire.com/en/
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Cliff/
Species:
Smooth Trunkfish
Feather Duster Worm
Sergeant Major
Whitespotted Filefish
Tarpon
Great Barracuda
Juvenile Spotted Drum
Cubera Snapper
Rope Sponge
Black Grouper
Tiger Grouper
Smallmouth Grunt
Brown Bowl Sponge
Bar Jack
Schoolmaster
Horse-eye Jack

Right at the end of the runway at a very nice little beach, popular with locals.
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Windsock/
Species:
Porcupinefish
Creole Wrasse
Blue Tang
Smallmouth Grunt
Orange Elephant Ear Sponge
Banded Butterflyfish
Foureye Butterflyfish
Threespot Damselfish
Bar Kack
Yellowtail Snapper
Juvenile Spotted Drum
Stoplight Parrotfish Terminal Phase
Pluma
Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish
Touch-me-not Sponge
Sponge Brittle Star
Hawksbill Turtle

The famous wreck that marks the beginning of the second reef system (follow Hilma's anchor chain across the sand).
Usually crowded and you want to catch the schools undisturbed early...
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Hilma_Hooker/
Species:
Long-spined Sea Urchin
Horse-eye Jack
Tarpon
Tiger Grouper
White Scroll Alga
Queen Parrotfish
Smooth Trunkfish
Mixed Parrotfish dance
Sergeant Major (male guarding eggs!)
Christmas Tree Hydroid
Yellow Goatfish
Creole Wrasse
Barred Hamlet
Slender Filefish
Tang Gang

A nice early sunny day. Quite a cast of characters!
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Town_Pier/
www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/town-pier-bonaire.417817/
Species:
Trumpetfish
Juvenile Spotted Drum
Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish (too cute!)
Tobaccofish
Tug Boat
Chain Moray
Bar Jack
Hawksbill Turtle
Banded Coral Shrimp
Arrow Crab
Spotted Moray
Butter Hamlet
Redlip Blenny
Goldentail Moray
Juvenile Threespot Damsel
Feather Duster Worm
Yellowhead Jawfish
Cubera Snapper
Pilotfish?
Smooth Trunkfish
Porcupinefish

Always something special here. We entry at a friend's beach house that backs onto the dive site.
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Something_Special/
Species:
Ocean Surgeonfish
Peacock Flounder
Tiger Grouper
French Angelfish
Touch-me-not Sponge
Trumpetfish (yellow!)
Longlure Frogfish
Spotted Scorpionfish
Giant Anemone
Squat Anemone Shrimp
Porcupinefish
Brown Garden Eel
Yellowhead Jawfish
Sand Diver
Spotted Cleaner Shrimp
Creolefish
Isopod
Hawksbill Turtle
Maculated Flounder
Long-spined Sea Urchin

An unmarked site with easy entry to a coral garden wonder.
oldbonairetalk.com/newsgroup/messages/30/425814.html?1269211557
Species:
Sea Fan
Sea Rod
Blue Chromis
Brown Chromis
Black Durgon
Sergeant Major
Gorgonian
Stove-pipe Sponge
Rope Sponge
Graysby
Creole Wrasse
Yellowtail Snapper
Azure Vase Sponge
Whitespotted Filefish
Foureye Butterflyfish
Longsnout Butterflyfish
Hawksbill Turtle
Sharpnose Puffer
Yellowfin Grouper
French Angelfish
Coney
Spanish Hogfish
Southern Stingray
Pillar Coral
Rock Beauty
Elkhorn Coral
Porcupinefish

Karpata has one of the most dramatic dropoffs ... to very deep - watch that gauge! A fun "drift" dive is to get in at La Dania's Leap, the site just to the south. When you get out, it is only a short walk for one of us back to Leap's parking area to get your vehicle.
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/La_Dianas_Leap/
www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Karpata/
Species:
Elkhorn Coral
Gorgonian
Mountain Star Coral
Fairy Basslet
Brown Chromis
Sea Fan
Creole Wrasse
Blue Tang Gang
Boulder Star Coral
Green Finger Sponge
Great Barracuda
Stovepipe Sponge
Yellow Tube Sponge
Tiger Grouper
Whitespotted Filefish
Orange Elephant Ear Sponge
Caribbean Reef Squid
Smallmouth Grunt
Blackbar Soldierfish
Lettuce Sea Slug
Queen Parrotfish
Stoplight Parrotfish, Initial Phase
Juvenile Spanish Hogfish
Fire Coral

Bari Reef being the Sand Dollar Resort's house reef.
Species:
Hawksbill Turtle
Trumpetfish
Longlure Frogfish
Horse-eye Jack
Chain Moray
Whitespotted Filefish
Yellowface Pikeblenny
Peacock Flounder
Spotted Moray
Longsnout Seahorse
Swimming Crinoid
Juvenile French Angelfish
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In 2003 blennylips relocated to Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. On 10/10/10 the Antilles broke up and we joined the Caribbean Netherlands (Caribisch Nederland) along with Saba and Eustatius.

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