Karpata

Many consider Karpata one of the best dive sites in Bonaire. It is famous for its spectacular visibility and beautiful topography. The reef is covered in healthy soft and hard corals and the reef has beautiful shaping to it. A must dive while in Bonaire!

A great site to spot sea turtles! You’ll see typical Caribbean life like nurse and reef sharks, possible eagle rays, stingrays, and lots of fish: snapper, angelfish, grunts, parrotfish.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 23 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Macro Spot

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Recommended Training

Open Water Diver

Begin your lifelong adventure as a certified diver with the globally recognized SSI Open Water Diver certification.

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Enriched Air Nitrox Level 2 (40%)

Extend your dive time, shorten your surface intervals and spend more time exploring the dive sites you love, with the SSI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty certification program.

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Night Diving and Limited Visibility

Diving does not end when the sun goes down! Become a night diver and meet the incredible marine life that only comes out at night. Join the SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility specialty program.

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Search & Recovery

Make lost items a thing of the past with the SSI Search & Recovery specialty program. You will learn all you need to plan and conduct search and recovery dives, so you can find lost items with ease.

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Waves, Tides & Currents

Take control of your dives no matter the conditions with the SSI Waves, Tides and Currents specialty. Learn all you need to go diving in currents, waves and rivers, enjoy shore diving and learn about the environmental conditions that affect dive sites.

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Deep Diving

Many exciting and iconic dive sites lie in deeper waters. The SSI Deep Diving Specialty will get you there - safely and with confidence. Learn how to plan and conduct dives to between 18 and 40 meters deep with SSI.

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Scooter / DPV

Enjoy longer dives, explore further and cover a larger area on every dive. Become an SSI Scooter/DPV Specialty Diver. Get started today.

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Perfect Buoyancy

The SSI Perfect Buoyancy Specialty is the best way to improve your body position for relaxed dives, lower your air consumption and increase your bottom times. Take control of your enjoyment. Start online now!

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Photo & Video

Learn how to take underwater photos that capture your dive highlights and incredible marine life encounters with the SSI Photo & Video Specialty program. Get started online today.

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Shark Ecology

Sharks are vital for healthy oceans and are truly spectacular to dive with! Join the SSI Shark Ecology program and learn how to dive safely with sharks, why their behaviors are misunderstood and more. Start online today!

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Marine Ecology

The SSI Marine Ecology Specialty program is the best way to discover the exciting science of marine ecology and become an underwater naturalist. Enhance your dives in a new way. Earn the SSI Marine Ecology specialty certification now!

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Sea Turtle Ecology

You will learn to identify sea turtles species, discover their history and role in marine ecosystems, and threats to their survival. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty certification.

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Manta And Ray Ecology

Diving with mantas and other rays is one of the best dive experiences you will have. Learn how to safely interact with rays and recognize different species with the SSI Manta & Ray Ecology Specialty program.

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Fish Identification

Learn how to identify fish with the SSI Fish Identification specialty program and enhance your dives! Discover all you need to identify common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific and Red Sea reef fish and earn your SSI Fish Identification specialty certification.

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Basic Freediving

Discover the freedom and tranquility that keep freedivers returning to the water. Learn how to go freediving with this essential freediver training and earn your SSI Basic Freediving certification! Your adventures as a freediver begin here!

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Dive sites nearby

Thousand Steps

Thousand Steps is one of the most famous dive sites in all of Bonaire. Parking for this site is at the top of a cliff where you descend down 67 stairs with your gear on to access the beach. The long set of steps is where this site gets its name. A beautiful dive location.

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Oil Slick Leap

This dive site is an easily accessible shore dive right outside of the downtown area. There is a latter for easy entry and exit from the water. An extremely easy dive site to navigate and great for all levels of divers.

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Andrea II

An easily accessible shore dive location with areas of shade and parking not far from the entry point. This is a large dive site so it never feels crowded here.

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Andrea I

Just down the beach from its sister site, the Andrea II, the Andrea I is most well known for its beautiful coral formations from the plate coral that call this reef home. Easily accessible from shore, this is a shallow reef dive and great for snorkeling and beginning divers.

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Cliff is considered one of the best dive spots on Bonaire for macro photography. Another easy entry shore dive this site does not disappoint as it has a wall running along the left side of the dive site that drops to over 22 meters.

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Captain Don’s Habitat

Captain Don’s Habitat is one of the most famous dive resorts in Bonaire. The house reef that sits right off from the resort is a very popular and easily accessible dive site with a healthy reef system and tons of marine life. A great site to have a night dive.

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One of the most popular dive sites in all of Bonaire, Buddy’s Reef is a very easily accessible shore dive perfect for beginners to experienced divers. It sits right off the popular Buddy’s Dive Resort and is their house reef.

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A small jetty runs along the northern section of this dive site where plenty of fish hide like octopus, crabs, lobsters, etc. An easily accessible shore dive suitable for all levels of divers.

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Front Porche

Front Porche is a shore accessible dive site not well known for its outstanding reef, but for its scraps. The site is littered with steel pipes, wreck parts, and old machinery. This interesting mix of artificial reef attracts a wide array of marine life.

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Something special

This dive site lives up to its name: Something Special because it is just that. An incredible amount of biodiversity calls this reef home; it’s filled with an incredible mixture of hard and soft corals. The sandy areas have discarded rubble that acts as a fantastic artificial reef.

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