Margate Bay

Bonaire South, ABC Islands
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intermediate
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Margate Bay

Margate Bay is nice, remote diving spot. 1.2 km South of White Slave.
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:05 AM
scuba
The entry is a bit rugged, so help your buddy. Plenty of parking for the few who visit.
Brad Stan
Brad Stan
Nov 13, 2014, 12:00 AM
scuba
My first trip Bonaire. Amazing. Did shore dives at 23 different sites. Awesome dive. Turned out to be one of my favorites of the entire trip. Super easy entry and short surface swim. Saw largest jack I have seen yet, spotted eels, a free-swimming green moray, and more spotted drum.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Bill K
Bill K
Dec 23, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
We dived and snorkeled this site this year. Park by the side of the road, then walk through the shallow puddle by the mangroves. The entry is not difficult, despite a step-down of about a foot onto rocks that have urchins in the holes. Just watch your footing. There are a number of isolated coral heads in the shallows that are covered by brain and fire coral, whips, and sea fans. Lots of fish are around these areas. Staghorn coral is starting to regrow a bit further out towards the break. The reef slope has abundant coral cover and sponges, so is quite scenic. We saw a good number of the usual fish. This is a nice relaxing dive (despite a pretty stiff current the day we dived it), where you can use the mooring buoy as a reference on your return.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Jennifer Buuck
Jennifer Buuck
Jul 10, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
Pretty easy entry and exit with a short swim to the drop-off at 20ft. Abundant life and coral formation. Saw a couple of small eels on the way in, lots of rock beauties along the way and a few French angels. Great shore dive.
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Robert Williams
Robert Williams
Apr 28, 2008, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great dive. Lots of soft coral in the shallows, so this would be a great snorkeling site. Saw a huge Green Moray and a large grouper.
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JoAn
JoAn
Jul 25, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
Beach entry was a bit rugged, but if you take your time, you shouldn't have a problem. Shallows were filled with Stag horn coral - very beautiful. Some Barrel sponges in deeper water. Some cool sights: intermediate phase Rock Beauty, Long Snout Butterfly fish, and Golden Tail Moray Eel.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
JoAn
JoAn
Jul 25, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
Beach entry was a bit rugged, but if you take your time, you shouldn't have a problem. Shallows were filled with Stag horn coral - very beautiful. Some Barrel sponges in deeper water. Some cool sights: intermediate phase Rock Beauty, Long Snout Butterfly fish, and Golden Tail Moray Eel.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
P and J Beirne
P and J Beirne
May 31, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great site! Fairly easy entry and exit. The way coral used to look--not badly damaged. Loads of fish and a giant moray eel!
Originally posted on shorediving.com
John Beirne
John Beirne
May 31, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
This was one of our favorite dives because of the excellent condition, and variety of the reef and plants. There was no noticeable damage by storms or mankind. We had been directed to this site for that reason and went back a few times for the same reason.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Marge Lawson
Marge Lawson
Oct 15, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
This is another of our favorite shore dives. There is a lot of variety on this dive--lots of sponges, soft and hard corals, wide variety of fish. More black margate here than elsewhere (hey! I wonder if that's why it's named Margate Bay!!!). Lots of tarpon, barracuda, anemones, honeycomb cowfish, etc.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Fiona Rattray
Fiona Rattray
Aug 21, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
Lots of soft corals, some Elkhorn and Staghorn corals too. This was such a nice dive.
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Tom Starkweather
Tom Starkweather
Apr 21, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
Awesome... Great reef, great aquatic life. Saw 4 turtles.
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