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Alice In Wonderland

Bonaire South
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Alice In Wonderland is another excellent view of the double reef system, should the other sites have more than a couple of divers!

Directions: 1.9 km North of the Salt Pier.


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11/03/2012 James Flenner (Avg: 2.24 Review) - I'm quite sure we dove the same site as all the other reviews, the yellow rock was clearly marked and the site was in the same order. Despite all the other glowing reports, we found a reef that was terribly unhealthy. Not much in the way of fish population, and the scenery was all the same: lots of remains of prior coral life, in many cases covered with red algae. It made us sad. The poor vis didn't help. We scootered this site extensively, headed out to the second reef, and despite exploring it to a depth of ~100' on the far side, only found a continuation of the devastation. The entry and exit was easy as was parking.

07/03/2012 Jim Olinger (Avg: 4.15 Review) - This was our first experience with the dual reef structure. Easy in and easy out and my dive log states, 'The far side of the outer reef is an absolute explosion of life!' We saw a huge > 100 lb grouper here. This one is close to the Hilma Hooker which tends to draw lots of divers, so earlier is better if you're seeking solitude. Really, really nice dive with lots of diversity! Enjoy!

01/16/2012 Jim Haggart (Avg: 4.17 Review) - Easy entry with a long kick out to the reef. Visibility was not a good as the other sites. No idea why as they are close. Fair fish and dive.

01/23/2010 Bill Burkett (Avg: 4.28 Review) - Our second favorite dive site (Tori's Reef was our first). Lots of fire coral so make sure your buoyancy is good. Huge tube sponges and lots of cuda seen swimming in the area. We also saw a couple of dolphin swimming while suiting up. Excellent dive!

12/26/2008 Bill K (Avg: 3.79 Review) - This was a real pretty dive, but it seemed like longer swimming for the view than at the adjacent Angel City. Beach entry is over flat and slippery rocks, though there is a small sand channel that we used on the exit. We saw little in the sand, but the inner reef was very pretty with abundant soft corals. The swim over to the outer reef seemed very long (not visible) with the sand channel about 100 feet deep. The outer reef rises up to about 70 ft in many mounded and brain corals, with many plate forms on the edges of the reef. We saw the usual abundant fish here, including some morays and the larges pair of banded butterflyfish I can remember. The return to the entry was easy; we ran the compass course backwards from the mooring buoy!

01/22/2008 Lloyd Haskell (Avg: 4.59 Review) - The southern dives on Bonaire are incredible. The double reef system lends itself to an array of dive profiles for any level. I highly recommend any of the Bonaire dives. Alice in Wonderland for some reason is one of my favorites. I can't stop going back to this place.

12/06/2007 Anonymous (Avg: 4.85 Review) - There are no bad dives on Bonaire. This has one of my favorite double reefs. It is a very easy dive with the best of the best!

09/25/2007 Jason NYC (Avg: 4.37 Review) - Yet another awesome dive in Bonaire with my ShoreDiving.com hat! Park as close to the water as the terrain will allow and then scout out the best entry into the water over coral rubble, rock, and other hazards that aren't too difficult to avoid. A slightly longer swim over a sandy bottom on these southern sites to the usual awesome, healthy, gently sloping drop off teaming with life! No need to go deep. Bad dive in Bonaire? No. Typical southern site. I find this area of sites to be particularly thick with coral growth once at the drop off.

08/02/2007 Elgin Z. (Avg: 4.02 Review) - This was the best dive of my trip to Bonaire, which included dives at, among others, 1000 Steps, The Hilma Hooker, Monte's Divi (Klein Bonaire) and Town Pier. The entry/exit was a little rocky, but fairly easy because of a complete lack of any serious waves at the entry/exit point. The swim out to the buoy was again easy. The inner reef starts soon after the buoy. There is an almost vertical drop off to about 85 feet. The drop off is predominantly covered by tightly packed stony corals that seem to grow in flatter shapes the deeper you go. On this particular day, there was a very slight current going South along the reef. Down at about 85 feet, there is a sandy plain. The sand was very clean, with no corals or algae growing on it. I knew there was supposed to be an outer reef, but looking West I could not see it. Swimming West I started seeing the outer reef after just a few seconds, but I have to admit that these seconds felt like an eternity. Visibility was about 70 feet, so I estimate that the outer reef was about 100 feet from the inner reef, at the point where my buddy and I made the crossing. Further North however, there are some coral islands, connected to the outer reef, that come very close to the inner reef. The outer reef, also comprised of predominantly stony corals, rises from the sandy plain to about 65 feet. Some of the coral formations resembled large mushrooms. Going further West over the outer reef, my buddy and I encountered a massive drop off; the bottom was nowhere in sight. Looking down I got the curious feeling that I was about to float off the end of the Earth. Looking up I realized that we were about to swim into a school of Horse Eye Jacks. By this time we had been down there for 20 minutes. Sadly, it was time to go back to the inner reef and find the rest of our group. Of course, the crossing back to the inner reef seemed much shorter than before. Swimming back South along the inner reef, we soon encountered the rest of our group. They had missed the best part of the dive; at least, that is what I hoped.

07/25/2004 JoAn (Avg: 4.05 Review) - Very easy beach entry, but a long swim out to the inner reef. There is a quite a distance to the outer reef - we had to head into the open blue water and swim a few minutes before we started to see the outer reef. Top of outer reef was at 70 feet, so you might want to make this your first dive of the day to really enjoy.

02/20/2004 Rich Penksa (Avg: 4.49 Review) - This was a great dive filled with all sorts of plant life. Nudibranches on just about every branch you came upon. Easy entry, great vis, really pleasant dive with lots to see.

01/03/2004 Deborah Norton (Avg: 4.28 Review) - Very easy entry if you find just the right spot. Medium length surface swim to the inner reef. We could not see the outer reef. Reef was in good condition. Lots of little golden and spotted morays and spotted drum.

10/15/2003 Marge Lawson (Avg: 4.10 Review) - Outer reef very nice. Lots of sponges. Saw a flamingo tongue, several barracuda, a gold entail moray, an adult spotted drum, a peacock flounder, and the usual assortment of other fish. Inner reef OK, but not nearly as nice.

07/10/2003 Bob Mallin (Avg: 4.60 Review) - This was the best reef dive we had on Bonaire. The reef was very healthy both the inner and outer reef. They say you can see the outer reef from the inner reef, but we could not -- swam a couple hundred feet blind and the reef came into view. There was a beautiful 5ft green Moray that lives here and we were lucky enough to see him swimming in the open.

06/15/2003 Tom Reynolds (Avg: 4.18 Review) - Very easy entry. We submerged at 15' [well before buoy] and headed to first reef. Went right or left at 50-65 feet and returned at 35 feet. Lots of small fish, eels and abundant coral. Dove several times.

11/19/2002 Stefan Van pellicom (Avg: 4.35 Review) - Best site of the week. Maybe because it was my 200th dive there ...

10/25/2002 Lorraine Bayford (Avg: 3.70 Review) - This was one of my favorites. Just a nice, no stress dive. Morays, flounders, crab and conch shells. Easy access.

09/09/2002 Jim Haggart (Avg: 3.91 Review) - Easy dive, a medium snorkel out to the reef. Lots of Eels and fish that look like spiders.

08/21/2002 Fiona Rattray (Avg: 3.85 Review) - Did this at dusk, lots of little fish and some fire coral in the shallows. A bit of surge on the way out, watch that fire coral again!

06/28/2002 Dan Benson (Avg: 4.50 Review) - We dove all over Bonaire, and this was one of my favorite dives. There is a double reef. The second is separated by a beautiful white sandy bottom that looks like freshly fallen snow. The second reef is PRISTINE! It would be hard to find another reef in as good a condition. Not a lot of small, colorful reef fish, however, because it's a relatively deeper dive at 80+ feet. The beauty of the bottom sand coupled with some nitrogen narcosis makes this a dive to remember!

05/20/2001 Robert Illanne (Avg: 3.85 Review) - A beautiful dive with an abundance of life. The colors were stunning. Plenty of micro life with lots of action from the bigger species. The name of the site really says it all.


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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: SB0801
N1205.9865'
W06817.0975'

 

Entrance at Alice In Wonderland 

The entrance is clearly marked.

Parking

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GPS: SB0802
N1205.9682'
W06817.1173'

 

Parking at Alice In Wonderland 

Easy parking for several cars.

Entry

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GPS: SB0803
N1205.9682'
W06817.1173'

 

Entry at Alice In Wonderland 

Look for the dive buoy. The entry couldn't be more inviting!

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Aerial at Alice In Wonderland 
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The higher and higher concentrations of brine give the evaporation beds the eerie color of pink.

Last Verification: February, 2001  

 

Diver Averages for  Alice In Wonderland  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.38
Bottom Conditions:  4.29
Reef Conditions:  4.43
Animal Life:  4.19
Plant Life:  3.95
Facilities:  2.67
Solitude 3.81
Roads:  4.52
*Site Average:  4.11
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.29
Beginner Scuba:  4.19
Intermediate Scuba:  4.48
Advanced Scuba:  3.81
Night diving Scuba:  3.57

Number of reviews for this site: 21

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