Mar 012014
 

Bonaire is known for its abundance of shore diving sites, and it’s almost impossible to dive even half of them in a typical trip.  We tend to stick to 3-4 sites and familiarize ourself with them before moving on.  Recently, we explored Front Porch for the first time.

Front Porch is located just south of Bari Reef.  It can be accessed from the shore at the former Sunset Beach Resort or from the Bari Reef entrances (such as Bonaire Dive and Adventure’s Pier or the beach at Den Laman Condos).

Rainbow over Bonaire Dive and Adventure's Pier

Rainbow over Bonaire Dive and Adventure’s Pier

Beach Entry to Bari Reef at Den Laman Condos, access is public

Beach Entry to Bari Reef at Den Laman Condos, access is public

This is an easy dive which is suitable for divers of all levels.  During our dives the current was minimal, and the visibility was below average for Bonaire (about 50-60 feet or 15 – 18m).  The reef starts at about 20 feet (6m), and becomes more abundant at 30 feet (9m).  We found that a depth of 40-60 feet was optimal for coral viewing.  The coral wall slopes down to a sandy bottom, where the wreck of the tugboat New York lies upside down at 90 feet.

As we swam out to the site, we were greeted by a beautiful spotted eagle ray.

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Swimming out to Front Porch

Swimming out to Front Porch, Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

We sighted a large midnight parrotfish as we started to descend on the wall, and a lone lionfish just below.

Midnight Parrotfish

Midnight Parrotfish, Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Hopefully it has been removed

Hopefully it has been removed

At around 80 feet, I spied a field of garden eels on the sandy bottom.  These skittish creatures are notoriously difficult to photograph, but an extremely slow and cautious approach can pay off.

Garden Eels

Garden Eels

Just above the wreck, this shy yellowhead jawfish made a momentary appearance before disappearing into its hole.

This shy yellowhead jawfish made a momentary appearance

Yellowhead Jawfish

While I was enthralled with the garden eels, Mr. Reeftraveler captured the beauty of some other colorful subjects.

Brittlestar, Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Brittlestar, Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Curious Damselfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Curious Damselfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

In my next post, I’ll show you what we found at 90 feet.

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