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Getting around Bonaire: Help with "beaches" (Nukove?) and "caves"
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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Sheila K (BonaireTalker - Post #20) on Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 11:28 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

We will be in Bonaire for the 3rd time in 2 weeks (can't wait!) and haven't done too much topside sightseeing. On the "InfoBonaire" website, it mentions a beach/cove "Nukove" but I'm not finding too much information on the web. Seems Lenny had some effect on it years ago-is it still there and if so, a worthwhile place to visit? We're looking for a place to sit and enjoy the water other than the downtown area. We've already been to Pink Beach & Lac Bay, but no others. Any other suggestions for "beach" type places to enjoy would be helpful.

Also, what about the Barcaderas Caves? We didn't find them last time we were there. We're also looking for any information on these or any other caves.

If there are any other suggestions for favorite topside things to do, we're open to any recommendations!

Thanks BT'ers for all your help!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jeff Stine (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #278) on Monday, September 7, 2009 - 4:20 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

My son and I did Nukove a few years ago. You go all the way north, past Karpata. At the Oil tanks turn right and you drive a dirt road around the perimeter of the tanks then you just keep driving.

It was an ok dive but there was a lot of coral rubble. Is it worth it if you have never been there? Sure. Would I go back? Maybe.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By gregg brewer (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #840) on Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 2:23 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

Nukove used to be one of the best dives on the island (IMHO). Unfortunately, hurricane lenny virtually wiped out the dive site and small beach. I checked out Nukove in Jan 09 and it was still nothing but a pile of rubble

would I dive there again: probably not for a number of years


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Wulfken (BonaireTalker - Post #56) on Friday, October 9, 2009 - 1:06 am:     Edit PostPrint Post

I remember my first dive on Nukove in 1999. I was told about this small beach cove not well visited that had a narrow channel out to the reef. The fish life just in that area was phenomenal. I was told about the coral columns to look at upon our return for a safety stop because there was so many interesting small critters at which to look. I was told to make a rollover on my down after the drop-off because I might see something unique. I was the last over and did what was suggested and was rewarded by a magnificent view of three large mantas “flying” overhead. Of course, nobody believed me. Three years later in 2002 I made my second dive there, two after Lenny, and was horrified to observe the devastation. The channel out to the reef was completely blocked. You had to hike past the original point of entry to a steep shingle beach. The coral columns (most) were tumbled. The reef at the drop-off was crumbled, but past that the reef was alive and wonderful. The location is still not well visited, the entry is still difficult, but the reef is fast repairing itself (last visit 2007). The location topside is very picturesque and I like making it the last dive of the day (or Karpata) because the beer and setting sun are amazing.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jenni Stanfield (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #9) on Friday, October 9, 2009 - 3:18 pm:     Edit PostPrint Post

I did Nukove as a shore dive this year. Yes, there was some rubble and you have to walk carefully down the hill, but it is a great dive to do. My dear, sweet hubby of almost 45 years does put on all his gear and then carries my BC and tank for me into the water where I put it on. This is due to a broken leg in '98 and ACL surgery in '08. The road to the dive site is rather rough, but it is a great dive to do after Taylor Maid.


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