This dive site is (with a plaque at the dive buoy) named after Captain Don of Bonaire, for his role in the protection of the underwater world. Here is a wonderful and diverse reef with a variety of corals and sponges and everywhere nooks and crannies to bediscovered calmly.
This is not a good snorkeling spot, the plateau is quite narrow and the most interesting life is too deep. It is a good place for night dives. The platform consists of a white sandy bottom with a few spots of coral and some fish. The buoy is at 29 feet with a brilliant drop off, with dotted anemones and shrimps, a pretty picture together.
The reef wall consists of several steep terraces, with in between perpendicular ridges and channels. The reef extends to 148 feet and has lots of ledges and spots with many fish. Deeper than 72 feet you can find black coral. At night the frogfish at the wire sponges are much more visible.
Do you want to visit Captain Don’s Reef? In Bonaire Dive Guide you can find more information and detailed directions. Convenient, as many dive sites on the north coast are off road and hard to find. The guide is also practical as a reference and safe: leaving your mobile phone in the car during a dive is not wise.
|Diving from||Boat and coast|
|Flora||Fan coral , Purple dotted anemone, Elephant ear sponges, Mountain Coral, Blade coral, Wire coral|
|Fauna||Trigger fish, Blue chromis, Brown chromis, Shrimp, Damselfish, Gray angelfish, French angelfish, Swallowtail seaperch, Rainbow Parrotfish, Labrisomidae fish (blennies)|
|Current||Moderate to strong|
|Max depth||148 feet|