Bari Reef Bonaire Snorkeling Guide [Rated + Reviewed]

by | Last updated Mar 4, 2024 | Best Snorkeling Caribbean, Bonaire

Going to Bonaire? You are likely a diver or a snorkeler. My husband and I are serious snorkelers, and Bonaire offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean! We have snorkeled all corners of the island from Washington Slagbaai National Park to Lac Bay to Klein Bonaire. Another favorite is Bari Reef Bonaire. It is easy to get to and offers a great diversity of marine life. Follow my snorkeling guide to make this underwater adventure happen.

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Bonaire Snorkeling Rating Sytem

Every one of my snorkeling sites is rated from 1-5 snorkels to help differentiate them.

Please see the rating key below.

OVERALL SNORKEL RATING KEY

🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿   =   World-class snorkeling and worth traveling just for the snorkeling alone!

🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿   =   Incredible snorkeling and should be on your list of top things to do!

🤿 🤿 🤿   =   Decent snorkeling and worth the effort!

🤿 🤿   =   Worth consideration if you are running out of things to do!

🤿   =   Not worth it!

If you want to discover all of my 14 FAVORITE Bonaire snorkeling sites in ONE comprehensive list, click on the link below!

Bari Reef Bonaire Snorkeling

Snorkeling to Bari Reef in Bonaire

Snorkeling to Bari Reef in Bonaire

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RATING: 🤿 🤿 🤿

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HOW TO GET THERE

There are 3 ways to get to Bari Reef, but one is closed due to ongoing construction.

Public access to Bari Reef is closed while a local park is being built at Sunset Beach between Den Laman Condominiums and Chogogo Dive & Beach Resort. The construction is anticipated to take a year to complete. See the map below.

Until the local park is completed, there are 2 ways to get to Bari Reef:

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Option 1: Chogogo Dive & Beach Resort

Snorkeling to Bari Reef from the beach at Chocogo Dive & Beach Resort in Bonaire

Snorkeling to Bari Reef from the beach at Chocogo Dive & Beach Resort in Bonaire

Purchase a $25 day pass (per person), where $10 can be applied towards the restaurant and bar. The pass gives you access to the pools, lounge chairs, lazy river, and of course direct beach access to Bari Reef.

You have to bring your own towels. Day passes do sell out and cannot be pre-purchased.

We chose this option, but in the future, I would pick option #2 if your goal is to only snorkel.

The service was spotty, and the drinks were watered down. However, if you want to take advantage of the lazy river and pools, then Chogogo would be a good option.

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Option 2: Eden Beach Resort

Eden Beach in Bonaire

Eden Beach in Bonaire

Purchase a $10 day pass (per person) from Eden Beach Resort, which gives you access to the beach, chairs, and pool.

The reef in front of the beach is Front Porch, but it’s an easy snorkel north to Bari Reef.

We haven’t personally done the day pass at Eden Beach, but my in-laws did this option and had a great time. Great service and very friendly staff.

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WHERE TO SNORKEL

A Map of Where to Snorkel at Bari Reef Bonaire

A Map of Where to Snorkel at Bari Reef in Bonaire

If you start at the beach at Chogogo Dive & Beach Resort, snorkel in front of the resort and to the right (north). A fun snorkel is to continue all the way up to Buddy Dive Resort before turning back around.

If you start at Eden Beach, snorkel the Front Porch reef right at their beach (this is where we saw a HUGE bait ball) before heading to the right (north) to Bari Reef.

We snorkel the back reef on our way out and then snorkel the shoreline on our way back in.

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ENTRY

Snorkeling to Bari Reef

Snorkeling to Bari Reef from the beach at Chocogo Dive & Beach Resort 

Entry is easy.

You have to navigate over some rocks but nothing challenging.

Always wear dive booties to avoid stubbed toes. 

I strongly advise bringing your own fitted snorkeling gear for the best underwater experience.

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MARINE LIFE WE SAW

One of the highlights of our excursion was witnessing a massive bait ball, with predators in hot pursuit. We observed a peacock flounder springing up to snatch a small fish and a barracuda on the chase. 

Other cool sightings were a white-spotted filefish, French grunt, tarpons (those were spotted past Bari Reef though underneath the pier at Buddy Dive Resort), spotted moray eel, blue tang, parrotfish, trumpetfish, needlefish, four-eye butterflyfish, porcupinefish, and a sand diver.

Peacock flounder chasing a bait ball at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Peacock flounder chasing a bait ball at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Getting caught in a bait ball at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Getting caught in a bait ball at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Super close up of bait ball at Bari Reef

Super close up of bait ball at Bari Reef

Barracuda following the bait ball at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Barracuda following the bait ball 

Filefish at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Filefish at Bari Reef 

A Peacock flounder at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Peacock flounder at Bari Reef

School of French grunt at Bari Reef in Bonaire

School of French grunt

Tarpons underneath Buddy Dive pier in Bonaire

Tarpons underneath Buddy Dive pier

Spotted moray eel at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Spotted moray eel at Bari Reef 

Blue tang, parrotfish, and trumpetfish in a feeding frenzy at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Blue tang, parrotfish, and trumpetfish in a feeding frenzy 

Blue tang and trumpetfish swimming together along the Bari Reef

Blue tang and trumpetfish swimming together

Eagle ray finding its meal on the sea floor in Angel City Bonaire

Needlefish at Bari Reef 

French grunt swimming around the elkhorn coral at Angel City in Bonaire

Four-eye butterflyfish

Porcupinefish at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Porcupinefish at Bari Reef

Eel and bearded fireworm at Angel City in Bonaire

Sergeant major

Sea anemones at Angel City in Bonaire

Sand diver hiding in the sand waiting for a meal

Eagle ray gliding through the ocean at Angel City in Bonaire

Parrotfish

Massive bait ball at Bari Reef in Bonaire

Love those bait balls! 

Final Thoughts

Bonaire is blessed with many fantastic snorkeling sites that all can be accessed by shore. Some of our favorites include Salt Pier and Angel City. However, Bari Reef still holds its own. The water is usually calm, and it’s an easy snorkel. Although there is not a lot of fish soup, there is a variety of marine life. Happy snorkeling!

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