Pure and Simple: Klein Bonaire
Off the west coast of Bonaire, a satellite island offers a serene escape for divers and snorkelers. Klein Bonaire is virtually uninhabited, and is surrounded by 26 pristine underwater sites that are accessible by boat only. Like its big-brother island, Klein’s surrounding water is protected by the Bonaire National Marine Park, and this protection covers the majority of the island’s landmass as well. Diving any of the sites here reveals a thriving underwater oasis marked by staggering drop-offs and prolific coral reefs. If you can only dive one site on Klein, make it Captain Don’s Reef. As you fin along the lush reef, bicolored damselfish dart through brain corals and tube sponges, while spotted eels hide beneath rocky overhangs. And during your time on this shallow reef, look for a plaque honoring Capt. Don, who dedicated his life to protecting Bonaire’s reefs.