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    esculley is offline Supporting Member SUPPORTING MEMBER - Bonaire Talker
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    listen to kob. east side diving with bas tol

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    Personally I like a lot of the diving over at Klein. Some of our favs are Monks Haven, Carl's Hill, the entire lee side, Ebo's Special & Leonora's Reef. Also one of our most memorable dives last winter was at Rappel which we really enjoyed..All are boat dives.
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    And one other idea for shore diving..You may try the drift dive from la Dania's Leap and exit at Karpata.. Rappel is also up north but much easier access from a boat.
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    DiverVince, how exactly do you go about drift diving from La Dania to Karpata? Do you park at Karpata and enter at La Dania? Is it hard to do? How far do you have to "leap"?

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    It's more of a step than a leap, dropping a short distance to the water. The trail is marked by a painted symbol on the road, smaller than a dinner plate. You can park there or at Karpata and walk back to your stuff. There is no "out" in between entry and exit, but it is a lovely place with turtles and all sorts of other pleasures on a regular basis.

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    We park at La Dania . The leap is probably only 5 or 6 feet . For us the key
    is to get there before 9 a.m. the earlier the better. Getting out at karpata
    can be very tough. Seems like the surge picks up around 10.

    We stay shallow 25 - 30 feet and usually see turtles there.

    At 38 foot of water when you get close to Karpata there is an old anchor . There
    are also some white small square tiles in the water when you get close to the
    exit. Usually we see divers coming from the Karpata entrance so we also
    know we are getting close.

    It is a beautiful dive just go nice and slow and enjoy it all.


    After getting out at Karpata one of us walks back and gets the truck. It is about
    a 10 minute hike. Then you have to drive back thru Rincon since the road
    is one way .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiverVince View Post
    And one other idea for shore diving..You may try the drift dive from la Dania's Leap and exit at Karpata.. Rappel is also up north but much easier access from a boat.
    The last time I was there about 2 months ago, there is a small ying/yang (mandala) symbol in the middle of the road which marks the path down to the "leap". There was also a small pile of rocks on the left side of the road marking the entry. Normal protocol is to unload the gear at La Dania and then have someone drive and park at Karpata. The walk back is about 10 mins. Then suit up and do the dive and exit at Karpata.
    Forgot to add, be mindful of the winds when planning on this dive. I generally check windguru and will not do the dive on a 3 star day. If the winds are howling (which they sometimes can on Bonaire) I don't really think it's a suitable dive.
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