Diving 1000 Steps in Bonaire

Written by David Howell

After spending 25+ years successfully leading application development activities at an enterprise level, David moved toward pursuing his own passions full-time. He travels the world with his wife, Leslie, exploring nearby shore dives and remote atolls from liveaboards. Together, they document their adventures at TropicLens.com.

July 27, 2021

Our first visit to 1000 Steps revealed several truths. First, the complete walk from car to water entry is between 120 and 200 steps. Still a workout, but less daunting than it sounds…although 72 of those steps are actual stairs. Second, the nature is absolutely beautiful. Parrots are all around and can be surprisingly quite loud. The tall rocky cliffs are majestic against the extensive shallows and their coloring changes from muted tones of yellow and gray in the morning shadows to deep orange as they oppose the sunset in the west.

Of course, the diving was terrific as well with several first time captures for us including a black hamlet, scaly-tailed mantis shrimp, bicolor flatworm and a rock hind displaying mottled night coloring. We even caught a bar jack using a member of our dive group as cover. It would dart down to attack whenever something might be trying to swim away from the large, loud human swimming overhead. Definitely in the top five sites to visit on the island.

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