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Hilma Hooker (wreck) - Bonaire


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A very popular dive site, The Hilma Hooker, is a must-do dive. The 70 meter cargo ship was purposely sunk on this location back in 1984. It’s a fascinating dive, if you’ve never had the opportunity to explore a vessel this size before. At a depth of 20 to 35 meters, you’ll need to watch your air, depth and time carefully.

From SportDiver magazine.
Drug-running boats are a boon to the diving community. They’re sunk often and quickly. For divers who like a good story, they tend to keep revealing details long after the drain-plug was pulled. On Bonaire, the Hilma Hooker is one such gift — although it wasn’t deep- sixed quickly in the dead of night. The DEA was already hot on its stern in 1984, and would have preferred its evidence dry, but the already detained vessel couldn’t comply. Over the next five days, it took on water and sank. Luckily for us, this happened in a convenient location. Find it 3 miles south of the main city of Kralendijk, marked by yellow stone 43 on shore — the swim out is only 300 yards. Buddy Dive Resort instructor German Arango favors this wreck because even a simple swim around its entirety — and it’s just 235 feet long — yields a look at the wreck’s nameplate. The vessel sank with everything inside. Those who penetrate can easily identify the crew quarters, the head and the engine room.

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TreasureByTheSeaBonaire - 7 days 6 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 7/16/2017. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Had 1400 in my tank so I went for a dive while they went snorkeling.
FtMyersTom - 6/08/2017 11:24 AM
Did this from shore, a medium swim to mooring ball but easy when sea is down.
Divin_Diva - 11/28/2016 4:16 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/5/2015.
Dive #5 for the day
Night dive
Ostracod was spawning, blue neon dots, shooting everywhere, it was like Disneyland fireworks in the water, most spectacular thing I’ve ever seen! This happens 3 days after a full moon, worth the entire trip! Bonaire is great diving! Mostly beach diving, easy entry, no waves. Boat dives available, but not necessary in my opinion, saw the same things from shore dives
Divin_Diva - 11/28/2016 3:34 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/31/2015.
Great wreck to dive-day or night!
FragO - 6/10/2016 1:09 PM
Rating Added: 5
A great wreck dive if you want to stay out of deco! Close to shore and easily marked.
mike44138 - 4/17/2016 11:53 PM
Rating Added: 4
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jniery - 8/01/2015 12:10 PM
Rating Added: 3
Nice site, darn camera was not working for this dive.
jules0801 - 1/24/2015 12:52 PM
Rating Added: 3
Hilma Hooker, Bonaire
FelipeSurerus - 7/03/2014 9:40 AM
Rating Added: 4
One of the few wreck dive sites of Bonaire, it’s well preserved! Went there 2 times, probally the crowdest point of the island
AWIZRD - 3/29/2014 1:19 AM
Rating Added: 3
Great dive...my first wreck :-)
oceanfloor - 12/15/2013 12:12 AM
Rating Added: 3
Enjoyed the dive
allisonfinch - 11/15/2013 10:56 AM
Rating Added: 4
been there
Brian_V - 8/29/2013 3:30 PM
Rating Added: 3
...nice wreck, wide open holds, clear warm water!
watergypsy - 3/22/2013 5:06 PM
Rating Added: 5
Great place but I seem to always hit it when there are too many people here!
likefish - 1/25/2013 2:49 PM
Rating Added: 4
Unfortunately we had not greatest visibility , 45-50ft best, but very interesting site. Ship is laying on starboard side with bottom at 90ft. Saw large tarpoons, couple huge barracudas. Interesting to trace the grows of the reef. Can do some swim through
meltonart - 12/27/2011 9:01 PM
Rating Added: 5
Like all of Bonaire Diving a wonderful experience.
I dove here in 2000 and can’t wait to make a return trip.

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