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“The Easiest Dive in the world”
Review of La Machaca Reef

Ranked #51 of 111 things to do in Bonaire
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Owner description: Diving spot in front of Captain Don's.
Reviewed 28 August 2015

One of the easiest reefs in the world to dive: you drop down, go left, go right, and at half a tank, turn around until you come across a rope that extends from Captain Don's pier all the way to the sandy bottom at 130 feet (yes, I checked).

While the reef is dived frequently by inexperienced divers, both Don's and neighboring Buddy Dive are scrupulous about keeping newbies in proper buoyancy and have large sands patches between the shore and the drop off to practice and test skills, so the damage could be much much worse.

The reef is filled with life of all kinds and is ideal to practice underwater photography on. The wreck itself, La Machaca, is an old 40 foot boat purposely sunk to provide photo opportunities and a haven for fish. You will always find sergeant majors guarding their eggs on the hull, and usually one or two morays either in the wreck or under coral nearby. Abundant macro opportunities, from shrimp and crabs to frogfish, and the occasional dolphin swooping by. There is almost always a ballon or porcupine fish resident on the wreck, too.

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Reviewed 10 August 2015

We have made numerous trips to Bonaire and always enjoy diving La Machaca. It is an easy dive from Captain Don's and Buddy Dive. In past years we have encountered a huge green moray on the small wreck. No luck this year though.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

La Machaca is both a great dive during the day and night. The wreck is very accessible in 45 feet of water and holds a variety of life. At night the Tarpon come out and follow you around the site.

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Reviewed 3 July 2015

It was nice, easy access, steps into the water or just jump off the dock and you're in. They say its deep enough but if you're over 6' tall be careful, I hit the bottom jumping off the dock. Enjoy the sunk boats and very easy layout of this dive. Octopus and eels are frequently here.

Thank Brandon S
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Reviewed 25 September 2014

Great dive spot, large fish under the small wreck. Frog fish, lots of coral, I could dive this spot every day

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