Pure and Sim­ple: Klein Bon­aire

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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.

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