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Bari Reef

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Address: Kralendijk, Bonaire
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: Great place to spot exotic sealife.

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Nicknamed the "Aquarium"

This is the reef right out back of the Den Laman condominiums. This is a perfect reef for new and experienced snorkelers alike. CLOUDS of fish of dozens of species! The coral... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Maryland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Bari Reef is not one of the top-tier snorkeling sites on Bonaire, but if you have the time and particularly if you’re staying at one of the hotels or resorts near the traffic circle, it’s worth checking out. If you’re driving north from town, it’s off the third exit (what would be ~9 o’clock from your perspective). If you’re driving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is the reef right out back of the Den Laman condominiums. This is a perfect reef for new and experienced snorkelers alike. CLOUDS of fish of dozens of species! The coral isn't as great as some other Bonaire locations (lots of past storm damage) but is pretty nice just the same.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Amazing and abundant flora & fauna. Have never seen such clear water and diversity in a natural aquatic setting.

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I went with a group from Woodbridge Scuba for the second time, and became a certified diver at Bari Reef! Being new, we did go to a couple of other sites that were great, but we were staying at the Sand Dollar Condominiums, where Bari Reef is located. Diving right from the beach, and saw HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of fish... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We weren't sure want to think when we showed up at Bari Reef but after a quick entry in a sandy spot we swam to the right (looking out to the water) and were surprised by the old cement structure that has now become an underwater aquarium with lots to see.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We stayed at Sanddollar condos and this is their house reef. We did our first dive of the week right on the beach. Couldn't ask for an easier entry and exit. Did our night dive on this reef. Several tarpon showed up once we lit our lights to use them for feeding. Also saw a turtle that stuck its head... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

but even without the pier, it looked to be a pretty easy entry compared to some of the other sites. The reef is still healthy and there is an abundance of fish. Heck, just snorkeling the shoreline I saw everything from Flounder to Trumpet Fish to Scorpion Fish to Porcupine Fish to angels and damsels and parrots and well you... More 

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Poolville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Easy entry and exit, good parking, close to city, we saw at least 2 frog fish (maybe 3, but we think one was a repeat that had moved). You cannot use the private pier, but the shore entry at the 'beach' in front of the condos is not bad. Watch for boat traffic!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We stayed at Sand Dollar and so we were very lucky this was our house reef. Nice benches with bathrooms and a shower. Easy beach entrance with small waves. We dove all week and i did not find a better dive with more to see then what was right out our door. Lionfish, Burr fish, adult spotted drum with tons... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Finally - no surf and no rocks which made for a super easy entry and exit! The reef was healthy and loved all of the spotted drums and chain link eels! Perfect dive site for beginners!

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