Overview of Andrea I

Andrea I

Bonaire North
ABC Islands

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Andrea I is a large site, with ample diving space so you won't be bumping into the one or two other divers that may share this spot with you!

Directions: The entrance is about 5 km North of Kralendijk.


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08/22/2012 Willis Chung (Avg: 3.90 Review) - Fun site to dive, with a nice thatched cabana area next to the parking lot, giving really nice shade for relaxing before or after the dive. Variable activity, sometimes deserted, sometimes 4 trucks of divers. Entry/exit easy north of the big yellow painted rock. Snorkelers will really like the large batch of coral just to the south of the big yellow rock. Reef looks pretty good, nothing special to report, but didn't notice signs of stress.

12/28/2009 Bill K (Avg: 4.04 Review) - This site is much like Andrea II, except that you can drive down a concrete road to park on the rubble beach. Easy entry is through the sand channel by the big yellow rock. The coral rubble in the shallows attracts many damsels and parrotfish for good snorkeling. The reef has many coral heads with sand between them. There are several sand channels to the north (right) that show damage from the October 2008 storm. This is a good site to look for little critters on the reef, including anemones and cleaner shrimp.

09/25/2007 Jason NYC (Avg: 4.24 Review) - Well things are changing here at Andrea one since my last visit here 1.5 years ago so I decided to write and update. Sad news really. The construction has moved south and is almost covering the entry to Andrea One and certainly not helping what was a more solitary site free of human touch. I almost drove into a construction ditch getting to this site. The Iguanas I mentioned in my last review are all gone and I am sure the recent construction of waterfront homes almost touching one another doesn't help. Annoying. Moreover, who the heck wants to live in a waterfront home in paradise where you will probably be able to hear your neighbor fart from your own kitchen??? Nonetheless, it's still a great site for a dive or snorkel and was busy at sunset with about 6 cars of water lovers on hand for a lovely sunset dive/snorkel. The solitude score is suffering on this one now! This wasn't the only site on Bonaire suffering from waterfront construction.

03/23/2007 Colleen Haggart (Avg: 4.41 Review) - Very easy entry for the North shore. Just walk down what looks like a boat launch ramp and into the water. Do this dive early as it is a rather deep dive (the shoulder just keeps going).

05/21/2006 Jason NYC (Avg: 4.33 Review) - Just returned from a week in Bonaire. This site can be found after driving through a new neighborhood and past some home construction and down a small hill to the beach. Yellow marker rocks will guide you from the main road. Total beach access was deliberately blocked by large rocks so a 50 yard walk from the truck to the only sand channel will bring you to the entrance by the middle palapa. A small ledge, rocks, and some coral heads to navigate around to the drop off located in about 25 fsw but no big deal if you walk the entry before you put your gear on. All of the usuals were spotted along with large schools of chub and don't forget to look for the giant parrot fish feeding in the shallows. This is a great place to feed iguana. Bring some fruit and about 50 lizards will come running out of the bushes to greet you. They aren't shy!

08/10/2005 Alan (Avg: 3.35 Review) - The road to the beach has been greatly improved by addition of a short concrete roadway. There are many places you should not enter/exit because the coral is too shallow. Find the large, faded yellow painted rock half way along the beach. There is a good slot for shore entry here. Another fun dive!

07/18/2004 Lee (Avg: 2.89 Review) - Asphalt road is cut, detour via dirt/rock road. Road down to beach is in very bad condition - 10-12" holes down the slope. We were unsure of abilities of the truck/driver and loaded-down divers on this slope. Did not dive this site.

03/11/2004 Wayne Sargent (Avg: 4.14 Review) - The upper parking area is in the bushes, and we have had items stolen from our pick up, and heard of others with the same bad luck. This is a great snorkel for the day prior to flying with lots of area at less than 15 ft, but remember your protection as the sun will burn your backside snorkeling. Octopus, Tang, Parrots, Burrfish, Trumpetfish, Triggers, Lobster, etc. are here in the shallows... and the beach is ok for Bonaire. The dive itself I would rank towards the middle, or just below, for Bonaire dives, which still ranks higher than most places. Swim straight out 150 ft over the sandy beginning, and go either direction... Andrea II is to the right. Boats are not uncommon here. Note: The conventional wisdom on Bonaire is to leave your car windows open so they are not broken by thieves, which means you really don't want to take anything diving with you that you don't take into the water, or risk losing.

01/03/2004 Deborah Norton (Avg: 4.02 Review) - Park on the hill - the road down to the site was erroded and there was evidence that someone had gotten stuck recently when we were there in Oct 2003. It is a fairly long walk with gear to the entry point and be careful walking down the slope! Entry at the yellow rock is easy. Swim to reef is not long. Small wall in good condition, but it is popular with boats and got crowded while we were there. Good dive with lots of marine life.

06/15/2003 Tom Reynolds (Avg: 4.52 Review) - Easy entry next to big rock with yellow paint. Submerged at 15 feet after taking bearing on the buoy. Excellent either to right or left. We tended to swim in the 50-65' range out and 35-40 back. Lots of small fish, eels and abundant coral. Dove several times

05/20/2003 Alex NL (Avg: 3.07 Review) - Beware of theft on this side, don't leave anything in your car

10/25/2002 Lorraine Bayford (Avg: 4.13 Review) - This was a fun dive. Saw a turtle. Good Vis. Saw some thieves running in the underbrush, so DON"T leave anything in your vehicle.

09/09/2002 Jim Haggart (Avg: 3.50 Review) - Very difficult entry and exit. Lots of good coral and fish.

09/10/2001 Charles Ackerman (Avg: 3.21 Review) - Easy entry, wade in, crouch down and go. Well marked entry Lots of BIG parrot fish The snorkeling to the left of the entrance is the best.


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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: NB1601
N1211.1712'
W06817.5889'

 

Entrance at Andrea I 

Off the main road, look for the dirt road to the West. Travel toward the ocean until you come to a T, then turn right.

Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: NB1602
N1211.2432'
W06817.7457'

 

Entrance at Andrea I 

Off this one lane road, look for this hard packed coral road on the left.

Parking

 Map     Sat
GPS: NB1603
N1211.2570'
W06817.7677'

 

Parking at Andrea I 

Parking is available here, above the site---

Overview

 

 

Overview at Andrea I 

or, if your vehicle can handle the beach road to the upper right, there is parking right next to the entry point.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: NB1605
N1211.3003'
W06817.7907'

 

Entry at Andrea I 

Snorkelers, divers, sun-bathers and beach-combers will enjoy this setting.

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Aerial at Andrea I 

The diving couldn't get much closer!

Last Verification: February, 2001  

 

Diver Averages for  Andrea I  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.79
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.07
Animal Life:  4.29
Plant Life:  3.79
Facilities:  2.93
Solitude 3.21
Roads:  3.36
*Site Average:  3.84
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.07
Beginner Scuba:  4.07
Intermediate Scuba:  3.79
Advanced Scuba:  3.43
Night diving Scuba:  3.14

Number of reviews for this site: 14

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