Cai

Cai
Bonaire South
ABC Islands

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Site Review by
 Wayne Sargent
Date: 02/29/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Wayne Sargent Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Silverton Reef:    5.00
State:   OR Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    5.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   180 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    2.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.46
From Kralendijk go southeast following signs toward Sorobon and Lac Cai Bay, turning east on a dirt road before the mangroves and then following them on your right eventually passing a Kayak center and ending up near some shacks and a large conch shell pile. Lac Bay's southeast perimeter is a breakwater 'barrier' reef on the ocean. Parking on the north shore near the shacks, there's a channel that leads southeast to the edge of this exposed and shallow reef barrier. It's an easy walk-in entry at this channel, which typically has a brisk current and many resident tarpon. Before descending, take a compass heading, particularly for the return. You'll enter a depression at about 40 feet deep, with tarpon, large parrotfish, etc, around the corals. Tarpon stack up here like wind vanes facing into the current. Continue southeast and drop over the reef wall and turn right, or southwest, but remember to find a good marker where you drop over the wall for the return to shore later. Turtles and rays can be seen anywhere on this dive, but especially beginning here. Continuing southwest between 30 to 80-foot depths you will see some metal junk, and some large concrete blocks, a good landmark for turning back soon. Everything Bonaire has is seen here, plus the bigger pelagic creatures. Upon return, there's a huge difference between a surface and submerged swim leaving and returning to the rocky beach. Don't fight it, and you're ok. Just avoid running low on air, requiring a surface swim back against this strong surface current, by leaving the reef wall with 800-1000psi. You won't win that battle, and would likely have a long walk back from somewhere. It's best to go early or weekdays; Sunday afternoon is party time at Cai. Best times are when winds are lower, especially fall. One stop I'd make before going is http://www.bonairetalk.com/ to read and ask questions for any Bonaire dive site, or for other Bonaire information.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2003
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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