Our Experience Snorkeling In Bonaire
(Vancouver, B.C., Canada)
My wife and I, and another couple were snorkeling in Bonaire this past March/April, 2010 and we wanted to share our experience. It was amazing and definitely lived up to my expectations. We were there for three weeks and snorkeled too many places to mention, but our favorites were Lac Bay, Wayaka II, Tori's Reef, Margate Bay, and Karpata. We went snorkeling almost every day, and often visited two sites a day, and on the odd occasion did three sites in one day. The only site we went back to a second time was Lac Bay. We had planned to go back to Wayaka II but we had bad weather on the day we were going to go, and then ran out of time.
We also did Klein Bonaire, but did not take the water taxi. We went on a tour with the Woodwind. While the Woodwind was a great tour, if I had it to do over I would take the water taxi. There were about 25 people on the Woodwind and while they broke us into two groups, I still found it too crowded.
During our stay we saw turtles, eagle rays, very large (at least 3 feet in length) parrot fish, barracuda (one at least 4 feet long), dinner plate size angel fish, eels, octopus, small squid, lobster (one about 4 feet long), and many, many, others. It was like swimming in an aquarium.
To sum up, Bonaire has fabulous snorkeling. If there is one thing I did not like, it is the fact they are having a problem on the island with theft. We were O.K., but were also very aware of the problem and made sure we left nothing in our rental vehicle while we were in the water. Also made sure all our doors and windows were locked tight in our rental accommodation while we were out. We just took the common sense approach and were fine, but it was troubling even so.