Cliff

Bonaire North, ABC Islands
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Cliff

The Cliff may be found off-shore from The Hamlet resort. 2.5 km North of Kralendijk, just North the intersection of Kaya Gobernador Nicolaas and Kaya Amsterdam.
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:04 AM
scuba
There are various places to park. Parking should be found away from the villas as a courtesy to the resort guests. Make your way down to the small beach area, and dive in! The entrance is easy to find.
Bill K
Bill K
Jan 5, 2016, 12:00 AM
scuba
This was a new site for us this recent trip; we did a day dive, a day snorkel, and a night snorkel on New Year's Eve (complete with fireworks!) here. The site is accessed from Dive Friends Bonaire's operation; the staff was very helpful with a site briefing. Entry is pretty easy by holding onto the left side of the big rock and following the pipe out to the reef. Swimming south takes you along the base of the cliff (it really is vertical) at about 60-70 feet, with lots of plate corals and whips here. Midday and afternoon are best times here so that the wall is lit by the sun. Visibility was typical. Top of the reef is at about 25 feet for your return to the pipe. Snorkeling is very good up in the shallows where there is lots of fire coral. We saw many parrotfish, some small moray eels, and several turtles while snorkeling here.
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Andy from Haddenham
Andy from Haddenham
Mar 31, 2014, 12:00 AM
scuba
Nice easy access site - will always stick in my mind due to a close encounter with a MANTA followed shortly after by 2 eagle rays.
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Willis Chung
Willis Chung
Aug 23, 2012, 12:00 AM
scuba
Went north from the Cliff entry site, towards the desalination plant, and the reef past the heavy chain is in pretty bad shape. We went further north for a while, but got discouraged, and returned to the entry site where we cruised around looking in the deep and shallow areas. Going south is a much better choice: takes you through healthier reef, to the wall, and into the tarpon hunting grounds. Visited by reef squid. Saw sharptail eel in the clear area around the pipe protecting the cable that runs off into the deep, and saw a nice large moray eel at about 40 feet just to the south of the pipe.
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Willis Chung
Willis Chung
Aug 22, 2012, 12:00 AM
scuba
This is an excellent place for a night dive, or diving any other time as well. There is a large pipe protecting some sort of underwater cable that goes out from the entry/exit area into the depths. It is nearly impossible to miss this and makes navigation on the return trip nearly a no-brainer. Makes the return leg of a night dive much more relaxed. Pretty short swim to the reef drop-off, and the reef looks pretty healthy now. Going south, the reef becomes the vertical cliff, and there appears to be more varied life in the reef just short of the cliff. There are abundant banded coral shrimp and arrow crabs at night. Several moray eels and sharptail eels, as well as peacock flounder in the shallows. The tarpon will hunt using your lights if you do a night dive. Awesome having 4-5 foot long fish flash past you at 1-2 feet distance.
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Robert D. Hunter
Robert D. Hunter
Jul 22, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
Probably the easiest entry on all of Bonaire. The vertical 'wall' is fairly impressive. Saw a juvenile spotted drum at 32'. The fauna appears a bit stressed and damaged as I suspect this site has seen a lot of diving pressure. Appears to be a popular place for dive certification courses.
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Marge Lawson
Marge Lawson
Oct 14, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
Only did this dive twice, but saw squid both times right at the drop off. The second time, we were coming up from our dive when we were surrounded by a "squid squadron" of about 10 or so squid. They often swam in formation, forward, backward, or just hanging out watching us. They would often flash each other changing color very rapidly (a form of communication?). We spent 25 minutes in 10 - 20 foot depth (it made it a 90 minute dive) watching the squid, and left only when we were too low on air to stay longer. Also saw: spotted moray, queen angelfish and French angelfish, Spanish hogfish, bearded fire worm, horse-eyed jack, bar jack, honeycomb cowfish, black margate, blue spotted coronet fish, sharp-tail eel, etc. This is an interesting dive since it's different from the other dives. The wall is very vertical, with lots of wire coral hanging out.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Fiona Rattray
Fiona Rattray
Aug 21, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
Ridiculously easy entry down a set of stairs. When we were diving, there seemed to be some weird hot/cold vertical thermoclines I didn't notice anywhere else on Bonaire. The little wall was great, we went all the way from Cliff almost to the desalination plant, then back to Capt. Don's reef before returning to shore.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Wanda S. Rodriguez
Wanda S. Rodriguez
Mar 4, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
A great dive for beginners. Check out dives for Open Water students are done here a lot. I saw my first sea horse at this site. There were also lots of morays and lobsters. There is a small shallow wreck at this site. Reef appeared slightly abused.
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Doug Shuman
Doug Shuman
May 28, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
Stayed at Cap'n Don's Habitat to get certified and used their dive dock which is within 50 yards of the reef. Totally excellent! They have tanks any time, day or night, super easy entry and exit, outdoor showers, etc. The wall was protected from hurricane 2 years ago by a little barrier island and still has a great coral reef. I saw abundant marine life, including Queen Angels, lots of Caribbean octopus, spotted drum, etc. Great dive!
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Jerry & Donna Hamberg
Jerry & Donna Hamberg
May 21, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
The coral is in very good shape, there is a absence of fish life compared to 15 years ago. The most notable missing fish is the Queen angel
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Cynthia Brown
Cynthia Brown
Apr 1, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
Very easy entry off "seven body beach" north of Habitat. Short little wall dive. Always see a lot of fish and eels.
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