Tailor Made is a dive site you will not find in many of the guides you can find in print. It’s a hidden jewel and only recommended for more experienced divers. This is my favorite dive site to date on Bonaire. There are reason’s it’s not frequented by many divers. It’s located far north up past the refinery very close to the northern most tip of Bonaire. Not only is this such a great site to dive, it’s a fun drive to get there as well.
The Invisibles has made my top five favorite sites at Bonaire. Beautiful Reef’s, bountiful aquatic life, and interesting channels that cut between the reef. When you enter the water like many dive sites you will encounter a sandy bottom without much to see. However as you venture out to the bouy I recommend you drop down about 10 yards before you reach it. If you are slow and careful not to get too close you will find garden eels in the sand before you get to a sandy channel that cuts down through the reef.
Aquarius is not particularly a difficult entry, however if their is a moderate surge like we experienced this past January 2017 you will need to take care when entering. Once you enter the water depending on conditions their is a rocky ridge that may be above the water or just below. You will also want to surface swim out to the drop off of the first reef to conserve your air. Like many sites on Boanire, Aquarius has a double reef system. The first reef is suitable for beginner or Open Water certified divers starting at roughly 26ft and continuing down to 105ft. Diver should stay within the limits of their training and take care not to go deeper than their training allows for.
Angel City, appropriately named due to the large number of Angel Fish that seem to frequent this dive site. This site was an easy entry, but you will want your snorkel for a surface swim out to the reef. There is a buoy anchored just before the start of the reef at roughly 16ft deep. From there the reef descends to roughly 59ft. At the bottom of the first reef is a sandy bottom that is sort of a narrow shelf before you come to the second reef. The second reef then descends to roughly 150ft.
A little history
Besides being another one of Bonaires great dive dives sites the Hilma Hooker has an interesting story. The Hilma Hooker dive site is a wreck dive and the ship has an intersting story as to how it ended up on the bottom of the sea. The ship itself wasn’t always named the Hilma Hooker it was sold a number of times. Launched in 1951 the ship was named Midsland, it was later sold in 1964 and named the Mistral. She was then sold again a short time later in 1967 and renamed to the William Express. In 1975 the ship then sank off of the Dominican Republic, was re-floated and then sold yet again in 1976 and renamed the Doric Express. She was sold once more to San Andres Shipping from San Andres Colombia and renamed to the Hilma Hooker.
Calabas Reef (a.k.a Kalabas Reef) is the house reef for the Divi Flamingo. Having stayed at the Divi Flamingo we ended up diving this reef a number of times out of convenience. The Divi Flamingo has a pier in which you use for entry and exit to this site. If you are staying at the Divi Flamingo this pier is also where your lockers, air tanks, and weights are located making is extremely convenient. We ended up doing our check dive, a few early morning dives as well as a night dive here.