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Review of Salt Pier

Ranked #10 of 66 things to do in Bonaire
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Owner description: Dive site that requires a local divemaster with Harbor Master's permission.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We visited this dive site on 8-31-2013. It was truly amazing. The actually dive site includes the pillars of the pier where they load the salt on to ships that are transported to the U.S. to be used for the streets during winter storms. The pillars under water reminded me of huge trees and I've never seen so many fish in one area EVER. It felt like a forrest underwater aquarium. Although the dive area is a challenge because of the swim distance to and from the shore it is well worth it. It's not a deep dive so its a great one if you want to do it as your last dive for the day.

Thank SusieQ511
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"conveyor belt"
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"large schools of fish"
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"shallow dive"
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"beach entry"
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"excellent visibility"
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"great site"
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"interesting things to see"
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"cargo ships"
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"night dive"
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"easy entry"
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"different levels"
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"scorpion fish"
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"small critters"
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"great dive"
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"lots of marine life"
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"divers and snorkelers"
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Lots of marine life: scrawled filefish, puffers, French angels, spotted morays, barracuda, and squid. Sponges growing on the pilings, lots of small fish hanging out at the pilings at 7-12 feet. We did 3 dives at the salt pier this trip. I would definitely dive it again!

Thank WednesdaySmith
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Salt Pier is always a favorite dive site, although it is prudent to use caution when diving close to the underwater debris and underneath the pier itself.

It is common to see large tarpon here, especially underneath the deeper piers, and we also saw very large barracuda this time. Cuttlefish and turtles can also be seen here, but we did not encounter any on the dives we made this trip. Currents can rip here on occasion, but most times the visibility has been good and currents mild. This site also tends to get crowded in high season.

1  Thank DiveMoreWorkLess
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is one of the neatest places on Bonaire. From the flats where salt water turns to sea salt, to the slave huts, to the awesome Salt Pier dive site (easy in/out and one of the best on the island), don't miss visiting here!

Thank Buddha1978
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The Salt Pier -- which no longer requires harbourmaster permission -- is a shore dive site, a short drive south of the airport. You still need to check for a salt ship: when a ship is being loaded with salt, no diving is permitted.

But when there is no ship, just drive a little bit south of the pier itself, park your truck just past the small building, and you're ready to walk into the water on a rubbly but fairly calm beach entry. If you look, you can also see crabs and snails on the rocks -- and often herons in the narrow channel across the road, next to the salt pools.

For the dive, once you're in the water, it's less than 200m (600') of surface swimming to the end of the pier. Drop down, and you'll be stunned by the amount of coral and sponges that have taken up residence on the pier pilings, and the hundreds and hundreds of fish that have made it home.

Apart from the usual reef fish (and a lot of them!) we saw morays, squid, barracudas, three (!) spotted drums and juvenile angelfish. The best spots to see things are the pilings themselves, the coral rubble and man-made junk, especially near the central pier, and the shallower parts near those pilings.

It's not a pristine reef, but neither is a wreck dive, and the amount of sea life on this site was excellent, and it's an easy enough dive even for beginners. There were lots of photo opportunities, too, so we went back and dove it a second time in our week on Bonaire.

Start with the surface swim and finish with a dive through the shallows to the shore, and you can enjoy an outstanding hour or so under water.

3  Thank tomh009
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