A Video About Diving on Bonaires Hilma Hooker and Windsock dive sites

Hilma Hooker

Marcos floating above Propeller 

The Hilma Hooker is a beautiful 236 foot long ship. During the last years of her active duty she was used as a drug smuggling ship. While passing Bonaire she was captured when she had to go into port with engine problems. The authorities who had the ship already under surveillance boarded her and found 25,000lb 11,000 kg of Marijuana in a false bulkhead. With poor maintenance, she started to take on water at the dock. It was decided to anchor her somewhere where she would not cause any problems if she would sink. This is where she finally sunk in September of 1984.

She lies on her side with a minimum depth of about 40 feet 12 meters, and a max depth of about 100 feet 30 meters. There are no real penetration options nor should you try. Interesting features like her propeller, rudder and masts make great photo ops. I can see why people declare this wreck as one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean.

Windsock

Flamingo Tongue snail 

In the guide books, this location is described it as a beginner’s site. The ease of entry and the shallow depth makes this true. Most of the time, a description like this makes it also a mediocre experience for more experienced divers. Not this time, we discovered some of the best macro life of all the dives we did on Bonaire. We saw Blenny's playfully stick their heads out of the coral, Flamingo tongue snails, Banded Coral Shrimp hiding on anemones, Lettuce Leaf Slugs crawling playfully over coral heads and Cleaner Shrimp hiding in little crevices in the coral. Although there were less of the bigger schooling fish, the macro life made up for that. I have added this location to my favorite macro life dive site list.