At Sand Dollar, every condo faces the ocean. All rooms are situated to catch the trade winds and bedrooms are air-conditioned. Boasting the most spacious and comfortable studio, one, two and three bedroom ocean view condominiums on the island. In addition to full size kitchens, dining and living areas, and roomy porches or balconies, the condos have color cable televisions, in-room safe and spacious bathrooms. All windows and doors have screens, and offer parking areas directly in front of the condo!
Bonaire set the standard in reef conservation more than 30 years ago when it instituted one of the first permanent mooring systems and prohibited anchoring of boats. It also designated all of Bonaire’s waters down to the 200-foot depth an official marine park. These early conservation efforts have enabled the reefs to remain a healthy haven for more reef inhabitants than any other dive destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic.
Anyone who has been scuba diving or snorkeling in the waters of Bonaire knows they teem with large numbers of fish and unusually high number of fish species. Surveys conducted by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF.org) name 7 dive sites in Bonaire among their top 10. The #1 position on Bonaire is awarded to Sand Dollar’s house reef, Bari Reef. The most recent number of species identified is a record-breaking 413. More species are being discovered every day. Nearly all of these species can be found in less than 100 feet of water. Well over 100 species are visible within snorkeling depth!
Bonaire offers shore diving opportunities unlike any found elsewhere in the Caribbean. Of the 90+ named dive sites on Bonaire, approximately 60 are accessible from shore. The fringing reef system is located a short +/- 50 yards/meters offshore, so surface swims are kept to a minimum.
Though every dive site on Bonaire has its own unique element, all generally have a fairly standard shallow and narrow terrace. The terrace gives way to a reef that slopes gradually down to a depth of 30ft/10m before dropping at about a 45-degree angle to approximately 130ft/40m. Variations occur most notably in the south where several sites are part of a double reef system.
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