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Thread: Timing being everything ....

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    Default Timing being everything ....

    For the majority of the sites on the leeward side of the island, are there best times of day to dive them? I'm wondering about shadow issues, activity - both human and marine life, current, kiteboarders ......
    Bonaire 1st timer here - be gentle if it's a stupid question.

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    No question is stupid. The light will be the best at noon but any time is a great time to dive. We like to leave to dive around 9:30 but that is just our preference.
    The dive shops don't open until 8 a.m. so to go earlier you need to be prepared the day before. If you want to dive Karpata, or Tolo getting there early is much better because the surge picks up later in the morning. If you are doing 3 dives a day you will find out what time of the day you like the best.

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    gbf is offline Bonaire Lover SUPPORTING MEMBER - Bonaire Talker
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    If you want to dive Hilma Hooker from shore (we do when we dive it, which is not often) go early. Be the first ones there - 0700 or thereabouts. Most of the tarpon that hang in the hold take off when the hordes drop on the boat.

    If you want to dive the sites around the fish hut - atlantis, red beryl, etc. (and we do) go early - kite boarders are generally not early risers. We try to be out of the water by 0900 or so. Beats getting bopped in the head by a speeding boarder.
    Brad Ford

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    Cornhusker is offline Bonaire Lover SUPPORTING MEMBER - Bonaire Talker
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    and when one start early and gets their 4+ dives in for the day, you still have plenty of time to hang up the gear and sit by the pool and get rehydrated--------and watch the best sunsets ever! We stay up north and rule is dining is 1-hour + after sunset or if eating in town same rule. No reason to rush the end of a great day on Bonaire!

    Cornhusker

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    Quote Originally Posted by stretch View Post
    No question is stupid.
    I know some people that would take that as a challenge!

    Thanks for the info!

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