Tips and Tricks for Shore Div­ing in Bon­aire

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Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing To make the most of each dive, it’s a good idea to ask a di­ve­mas­ter when to head to the sites on your list. For ex­am­ple, shore-div­ing sites such as Karpata on Bon­aire’s north­west coast should be done as early as pos­si­ble. But the iconic Hilma Hooker wreck is less crowded in the af­ter­noon.

So don’t rush any­thing You’ll thank your­self later for keep­ing an eye on the waves and mak­ing a slow, de­lib­er­ate en­try. This will help keep you from get­ting rocked by a wave, and from be­ing flus­tered be­fore your dive. Be­fore mak­ing your de­scent, give your­self an­other minute to breathe, take in your sur­round­ings, and check in with your buddy. (If you’re div­ing with a fancy cam­era rig, we sug­gest us­ing the buddy sys­tem: One diver gears up and safely en­ters, then is passed the cam­era be­fore his or her buddy gears up and gets in the wa­ter.)

Travel light Make sure you have the pocket space for the es­sen­tials, and leave un­nec­es­sary gear in your room. You’ll want to keep your hands free dur­ing shore en­tries in case an un­ex­pected wave rolls by. If it’s not water­proof, leave it in your room be­cause unat­tended trucks can at­tract un­wanted at­ten­tion.

Boots are a manda­tory ac­ces­sory Save your full­foot fins for the dive boat be­cause with­out a rugged pair of dive boots — prefer­ably with a thick, non­slip sole — your shore div­ing could be over be­fore it be­gins. Rocky en­tries with sea urchins lead to many of Bon­aire’s best shore dives.

Speak­ing of es­sen­tials Be sure to have the fol­low­ing items, espe­cially if you’re div­ing with­out a guide: dive boots, open-heel fins, a com­pass, a dry case (for keys and credit cards), a dive com­puter, an SMB, a BC with large pock­ets and a warm wet­suit.

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