Bonaire is home to 86 marked (and several more unmarked) dive sites- many reachable by shore. And while we aim to explore almost all of them at some point, there are a few that we return to over and over again. Among them is the site called Something Special.
Something Special is located at the north end of town (also called Playa P’abou) at Kaya Playa Lechi. It’s an easy, shallow dive, and the current is generally light. To enter the water here, one must walk down a short (but steep) bank of broken dead coral. Once you step into the water, use caution to avoid boat traffic, including sailboats which are moored here. Do not swim at the surface for any length of time. Although we have seen others snorkeling here, we can’t recommend it. There are many small fishing boats, dinghies and larger sailboats that motor here. Since there are plenty of safer snorkeling spots on the island, we don’t think it’s a risk worth taking.
The diverse array of small and often unusual species found here is what makes Something Special so special. Be sure to explore the sandy bottom as you swim out towards the mooring (which is at 13 feet). Blennies, jawfish, bonefish and even reef squid are commonly found in this area. Once we reach the mooring buoy, we like to descend to between 30-50 feet (9-15 m) and swim north towards the marina.
It’s not uncommon to spot frogfish at Something Special if you know where to look, or if you have luck on your side.
The Spotted Scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumieri) is also commonly found here.
In the reef creature arena, there are plenty of small worms, mollusks, crustaceans and others – making this site a macro-photographer’s playground.
Below are some other shots from this richly-populated site.
What is the most unusual fish, creature or even behavior you’ve spotted at Something Special? Or, if you haven’t yet dived here, what do you hope to see?