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La Dianas Leap

La Dianas Leap
Bonaire North
ABC Islands

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Site Review by
 Jim O
Date: 08/29/2017

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jim O Entry:    1.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Grand Junction Reef:    5.00
State:   CO Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   156 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.87
Short of a dive I had on Hawaii Big Island with a Humpback Whale encounter, this site is my favorite site anywhere! But it is not for beginning divers for sure. Once you pass Tolo, you'll crest the top of a small hill where there is a single parking spot on each side of the road. You'll see a large pile of coral and a path heading down. The path begins fairly steep and goes over ancient coral which is sharp. Good booties needed! The path decreases in grade and turns to dirt until you approach the cliff edge and then it gets sharp again. You'll see a large yellow rock just above the entry point. There is about enough room for one diver to don their fins and giant stride off the 5 foot drop. I took the plunge first and my wife tossed me her fins and then jumped in. I pulled her away from the cliff assisted her with her fins and then kicked out a short distance to the buoy. Drop down and about 70 feet you'll drop over the vertical wall that is well over 100 from the 70' edge'. You have now entered nirvana! Clear water, no 'snow' and absolutely stunning views! It takes about 5 minutes to get past the wall and you enter topography similar to Karpata with steep UW ridges and sand chutes in the draws. As you near Karpata you'll notice a ridge that is less steep than what you've been seeing, that's your ridge out to the Karpata platform. There is a large old anchor on this ridge, but you may or may not see it so just use the topography to guide you. It takes about 20' minutes from the Leap to Karpata at a leisurely rate. So if you can consistently get 50 min. out of your tanks you should be fine. But! There is no out between the two sites. On our 2nd dive here on this trip when my wife jumped her reg' went into a massive free flow and I had to turn her valve off to stop it. Boom! Just like that 900 psi gone! We ended up diving the upper zone above the wall down to Karpata just to be safe. It just goes to show you, sometimes good plans go awry and you better be able to deal with it on a dive like this one! However, I'd do this dive again tomorrow if I was there!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    2.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2017
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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