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Master0068
01-24-2015, 01:16 AM
Hi folks,

I'm finally booked for Curacao and Bonaire, (from March 3rd to March 17th), and I'll be in Bonaire from March 6th to March 12th (anyone interested in meeting up for Diving let me know :) ).

I'm wondering (aside from the yearly swim to Klein) if anyone ever snorkels/swims from Bonaire (near Dive Buddy) to Klein Bonaire. I've Snorkeled out nearly that distance in Cuba and Mexico, so I'd be comfortable doing it, but I'm wondering if anyone actually does it.

Anyone who has been there and can provide some insight into the currents between the islands, and if they've done it, would be great.

Thanks,

Mike

stretch
01-24-2015, 09:31 AM
It won't be safe to swim there because of the high speed boaters out there all times
of the day. Only way would be to have someone go along on a kayak staying with
you. It would be harder coming back to the main island because of the current.

reeftraveler
01-24-2015, 10:35 AM
Only if you have a death wish... That would be extremely dangerous - water taxis, catamarans, sailboats, marine park boats, water ski boats, etc all use that waterway. They wouldn't expect to find snorkelers out there. And if a sailboat were under sail, they couldn't stop for you even if they wanted to.

tursiops
01-24-2015, 01:55 PM
That would be one of the world's most boring snorkels. Nothing to see except within maybe 200 ft at either end of the run. It would be about 0.6 miles of avoiding boats who are not looking for you.

smits
01-25-2015, 07:01 AM
If you want to do a long snorkel/swimming trip, I would suggest that you just follow the coast line.
Less current and a lot to see.
I have used water ski boats many times in the area between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.
I did not anticipate that a snorkeler could be there. Because of the waves, itís also very difficult to notice a snorkeler, even if I would have been on the lookout.
When you are accompanied by a kajak, itís doable.
You can take a water taxi back.

Gmichael
01-25-2015, 05:37 PM
Stupid Question...why? Nothing to see and dangerous..Come back when we do he swim to Klein Bonaire for Charitity..Otherwise the bragging rights are a bit lame..

smits
01-25-2015, 05:51 PM
Stupid Question...why? Nothing to see and dangerous..Come back when we do he swim to Klein Bonaire for Charitity..Otherwise the bragging rights are a bit lame..

Why being so unfriendly?
It's a question and we can answer it without saying it's a stupid question.

Master0068
01-25-2015, 06:15 PM
I can't just "come back" when you do the swim for charity. I'm booked for these dates, and I was curious about the conditions,sights to see, current etc.

Thanks for the insight though, very helpful.

Master0068
01-25-2015, 06:16 PM
Why being so unfriendly?
It's a question and we can answer it without saying it's a stupid question.

Thank you. :)

I had no idea that the swim in between was so uninspiring. I expected a somewhat shallow ocean in between (20-30ft) and more coral formations, but it seems that isn't the case, a it's making the swim a lot less appealing.

ModCecil
01-25-2015, 08:52 PM
Yes it is quite deep. We were sitting at Eden Beach one night counting the lights when a small tanker rubbled through the channel. I could have spit to the ship from shore. Quite the drop off.

Gmichael
01-26-2015, 08:29 AM
You totally misread my post.. I asked WHY? The stupid question was mine, not yours...I taught English for years and it still amazes me that I still mess up...It should have read..I have a stupid question! Why?

diverdan1
01-26-2015, 10:10 PM
A couple of the references I saw showed the channel between Klein and Bonaire at 660 ft/ 201 m.

kob
01-29-2015, 11:05 AM
As one who has done the swim to Klein for charity (Jong Bonaire), I can confirm that the other posters are very correct ... the wall drops off very quickly on either end and there's really nothing but dark blue to see for 90% of the swim. Much better snorkeling at many places on the island, including Tolo, going on the Woodwind, many sites at Klein, etc.