Bonaire’s Bari Reef boasts the most species diversity of any reef in the Caribbean or the Tropical Western Atlantic (according to REEF). It is an easy shore dive with access points from the main road just south of Den Laman Condominiums, from the grounds of the Sand Dollar Condos or from Bonaire Dive and Adventure’s pier (if you are registered with their dive operation).
The reef starts at about 20 feet (6m) and gradually slopes downward. It is an excellent site for photography due to its abundant sea life, excellent visibility and gentle current. It is suitable for snorkeling as well as diving.
Among the creatures we spotted here are free swimming morays, chain morays, golden spotted snake eels, turtles, porcupine fish, tarpon, barracuda, french angelfish, queen angelfish, arrow crabs, trunkfish, honeycomb cowfish, filefish, striped grunts, Christmas tree worms and perhaps the largest aggregation of blue tang’s I’ve ever sighted.
A manta makes a regular appearance in the shallows, but we have yet to see it here. Maybe next time?
Have you experienced Bari Reef for yourself? What did you find there?