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1000 Steps, Marked Site BNMP #16

This site was named for shore divers, who will find that the 64 steps leading from the road down to the beach seem like 1000 on the way back up. Immediately under the boat mooring are some outstanding formations of star coral. These have grown into high-rising pagoda-like structures whose hollow cores provide homes for many reef creatures. Look inside for bluish patches of eggs guarded by the slate-colored male sergeant majors. These “pagodas” are found in a few other places. Keep an eye out for hawksbill turtles and manta rays. Passing whale sharks have been spotted here. Depth 20-100 feet (6-30 meters).

Two frogfish share a sponge on a Bonaire reef; image by Ellen Muller.
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