Overview of Karpata


Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Jim O
Date: 08/23/2017


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jim O Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Grand Junction Reef:    3.00
State:   CO Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   156 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.13
I just returned from an August 2017 trip to Bonaire. We last dove Karpata in 2012 and my log book is full of praise for this site especially in the 25-35' depth as there is just an explosion of life in a healthy system. So imagine the shock when I saw these very same shallows with an approximate bleaching of around 30% of the hard corals. I'd estimate the mortality of coral here at around 10%. Don't get me wrong, there is still much to see and lots of life on this reef, but the degradation over this 5 year period is dramatic. Over the past 10-15 years I've been listening to the old timers say, 'Yeah? You liked the dive? You should have seen this reef 20 years ago'. Now I've seen the health of these Bonaire reefs decline in just 5 years. So my question is this, how long are those of us from the USA going to allow the powerful and wealthy to force us down this path of using hydrocarbons over renewable energy? Do we have to lose 95% of our Earth's reefs as is predicted by scientist and by 2050 before we act? The next much needed antibiotic or cure for a diseases is probably existing in these reefs right now. If you care about these reefs, NOW would be a great time to let your politicians here from you. The year 2050 is 32 years from now! We no longer have time to do nothing.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2017
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    3.00

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