Bari Reef: A Top 5 Dive Site on Bonaire For Sure!

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.

September 29, 2021

Bari Reef had five new first-time captures for us which might just be a record! During the day, we saw a couple of night sergeants which look like sergeant majors but they have brown stripes. In the sandy shallows, we caught a flame box crab crawling around and then burying itself. At night, a two-spine sea star was crawling along the bottom while a tarpon swam by with a whitefin sharksucker attached. Perhaps the most interesting creature we saw was a quill worm, which lives in a small straw-like tube that it carries around. Very cool! We also saw a frogfish and a couple of octopus (or perhaps it was the same one) hunting both day and night.

The shallows are particularly interesting as there is a full working dive pier and some pier “ruins” to the left that are just stunning and full of life. Lots of boat moorings and a rocky shore have plenty of crevices and hiding places for juveniles. Its a great place to snorkel as well. Check it all out in our video.

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