Overview of Boca Bartol North

Boca Bartol North

Boca Bartol North
Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Robert Crow
Date: 04/08/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Robert Crow Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Reef:    4.00
State:   Florida Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   11 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   127 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    3.35
OK, Diver Dudes and Dudettes, I just got back from a killer vacation in Bonaire, and this is one of the most challenging sites I ever dived here! I guess when the weather is right, it's a pretty easy entry, but there were some swells we had to fight. Reminded me of California diving. There are lots of big rocks around, so you got to watch your step, and its not fun when a wave crashes you into them! So don't dive this site unless the weather is good there are other sites in the park that are easier if the weather is bad. Anyway, head out slightly to the left and you'll find a slope heading down to some coral heads under a 100 feet. We actually saw a pretty good size grouper, and a school of Barracuda swimming in the current just sorta hanging out. I heard some bigger stuff can be found around here, but we didn't want to go out too far out, since there was a current. Be careful following the bottom cause you can go too deep without knowing it. We didn't make it all the way down to the coral heads, but stayed in shallower and headed south with the current to end up a the south end of the beach.. Along the way, we saw sea fans and sponges, all were in pretty good condition, since this site isn't dived too much. Matter of fact, there was no one else there the whole time. This is a great place to bring a lunch, especially on the south side of the beach. If you do want to do your exit on the south, make sure you scope it out first since there are a lot of rocks and coral channels to swim through. There are some more awesome dives in the park, and I'll write about those later. Have fun, it's a great dive!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    2.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    2.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2003
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    1.00

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