Bari Reef / Front Porch
Bari Reef and Front Porch are adjacent sites on Bonaire that sit just north of the Harbour Village Marina. Together the two reefs offer over 1000 feet (330 meters) of reef slope that is readily accessible from shore or by boat. This site is a great spot for divers and snorkelers of all experience levels.
Bari reef is known for its incredible diversity of species. The reef slope, which consists of predominantly of hard corals and a range of sponge species, begins at a depth of 30 feet (9 meters) and descends to the sandy seafloor at a depth of between 80 and 100 feet (24 and 30 meters).
Snorkelers often focus their attention on the collapsed concrete pier structure near the water’s edge, which supports large schools of fish, including grunts, goatfish, chromis, surgeonfish and redlip blennies. At Front Porch the reef becomes increasingly patchy and contains a number of artificial structures. Biodiversity is still high, and scorpionfish, moray eels and soapfish are particularly common. Divers and snorkelers will notice the coral restoration trees in front of the beach entry and exit point. The Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire (CRF) uses these coral trees to grow fragments of staghorn coral into larger, healthier coral heads for transplanting to other coral reefs around the island. Please maintain a respectful distance. At the base of the slope divers will spot the wreck of the tugboat New York at a depth of 90 feet (27,5 meters). Garden eels have colonized the sand and also rays are patrolling the deeper waters here.