Overview of Boca Bartol South

Boca Bartol South

Boca Bartol South
Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Site Review by
Date: 06/18/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bjorn Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Reef:    5.00
State:   Animal:    4.00
Country:   Plant:    4.00
Diving:   0 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   0 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    1.00


*Average:    3.81
If you don't mind a kidney-punching drive through Washington Park, Bartol is an EXCELLENT reef due to limited traffic. Unlike every other Bonaire reef we dove, it has a significant, fairly level spur/groove structure, followed then by the standard (spectacular) Bonaire steep drop-off to 100+ feet. The spur/groove reminded us vaguely of portions of the Caymans such as the Grotto. Depths there are limited to 30', perfect for a beginner if the surf and current are low. From Bartol South, angle NE to encounter the spur/groove area. Stop to explore, or better yet continue to the drop-off, go deep, then return early for an extended and very satisfying deco tour between 30 and 15 feet. All of Bonaire is well-preserved, but Bartol especially is pristine. Beware the drive, though! If you like 4-wheeling, you'll have fun (4-wheel NOT required, though, a pickup definitely is).    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2005
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00

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