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“A Must Dive”
Review of Hilma Hooker

Ranked #23 of 108 things to do in Bonaire
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2012

Love all the fish and exploring the ship. It's a little longer than usual swim to the site, and getting out of the water can be challenging. Since there are usually a lot of divers here, you'll probably get offers of help to step up on the ledges to get out. Take advantage of those offers!! (Or not, if you enjoy being the turtle on your back for everyone to watch.)

Thank georgiabeachpeach
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"great wreck"
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"large tarpon"
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"nice dive"
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"easy swim"
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"garden eels"
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"short swim"
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

The best way to see the Hooker is from shore later in the afternoon. Most boat dives take you early in the morning and it becomes a "bubble fest" of other divers which scare away all the fish life and creates a " Disneyland" like procession in and around the wreck.
Make the extra effort to go later and you will be rewarded with a great dive. Leave enough air for the surrounding reefs which are beautiful and harbor great fish life.

Thank kgrisham
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

A lot of people think a wreck at 90' probably requires a boat to get to it, but like most places in Bonaire, you can do it right from shore. It's maybe a 100 yard swim from shore and easy to find. It sits right where the first reef ends. There wasn't a ton of life down there and Bonaire is known more for its reefs and marine life, but if you are a wreck junkie, lthen the Hilma Hooker is an easy, must-dive while in Bonaire. Besides... it has a cool story behind it as having been an abandoned marijuana smuggling vessel, so how often do you get to dive one of those :)

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Long surface swim out to the stern (northerly) buoy, but well worth the effort. 29 metres at bottom

Thank chriscolton
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

My favorite dive site! Great place to see turtles, barracuda, tarpon and large parrot fish,

Thank dbp05ret
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