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Bonaire Is More Than Just "Good Air"

Bonaire

Los Angeles, CA – December 8, 2013 – There are differing opinions among the cultures of Bonaire as to how the beautiful island got its name. The French translation for the Island is "good air." However, natives assert the name is from the Caiquetio language, originally spelled "Bonay" Either way, one fact is certain, Bonaire is more than just "good air." In fact, it has often been referred to as a diver's paradise. 

This small Caribbean Island boasts more than 100 dive sites (see Bonaire dive map), many of which are easily accessible from the shore. Whether you are looking for exotic fish, ancient shipwrecks or you want to explore some of the most beautiful reefs in the world, Bonaire is the place that has it all. Novice and experienced divers alike find this region challenging and exhilarating. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are three of our favorite dive sites in the area, just to give you a sampling of what's in store. 
  • Angel City is a double reef on the southwest shore of the island. Swim to the top of the reefs, observing the 60-foot valley in between the two. From that vantage point, you'll view Boulder Star coral that is home to an array of fish, including Black Margates, Schoolmaster, Horse-eye Jacks and Snappers. The gentle slope of this dive makes it a relaxing excursion, while the beauty of the reefs and unique ocean life add to the thrill of the dive.
  • White Hole is a favorite of many divers. As the name indicates, it's a huge hole, roughly the size of a soccer field. The west side wall of coral provides sights of Green Morays, Snapper, Cubera Snapper, Grunts, Tarpon and Black Grouper. The hole's sandy bottom is home to Queen and Milky Conch and Southern Stingray. You'll see beautiful Giant Anemones along with their Spotted Anemone Shrimp inhabitants. Venture to the shallower part of the hole and you'll observe sea green turtles. This huge area is home to so many different species, it's difficult to name them all.
  • Bari Reef, according to the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, is home to more than 393 species, including Grouper, Jack-in-the-box, Spotlight Parrotfish, Grunts, French and Queen Angelfish, and rare fish like the Spotted Scorpionfish and Peacock Flounder. See these species in their breath-taking habitats made of various sponges, including orange elephant ear, purple and feather varieties. 
Taking a trip to Bonaire will satisfy any diver's thirst for excitement and discovery. Get the most out of your trip. Contact us for information about our Spring 2014 trip or for help planning your next dive adventure.
Bonaire Scuba Diving

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