SCUBA Diving Blissful Bonaire
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Bonaire Ruins Kiln
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 Island Ruins

We found Karparta to the north. This abandoned plantation was built in 1868, and its primary purpose was to raise goats for skins and meat, as well as producing aloe, charcoal and dyewood. It was later bought by the Dutch and turned into an ecological center. We wandered around the ruins for a short time, taking pictures and exploring the buildings.

Bonaire Ruins of Institute

The nearby dive sight was appropriately named ‘1000 steps'. Most of the beaches on Bonaire are not of fine sand, rather they appeared to be mass gravesites for dead coral. Shore diving in itself takes some skill and timing.  One must watch the wave pattern, walk in spread legged to a depth that allowed donning fins, all while wallowing in the surf. Doing this on coral rubble added to the challenge. We opted to continue on to a less strenuous shore. Hiking down 1000 steps with 50 lbs of gear was more of a challenge then we were willing to endure.

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"Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore." ~ Lord Byron