Shore dive

Playa Chiki is not mentioned on the Dive and Drive map. It is a small bay between Playa Manzaliña and Boka Grandi.

There is a small strip of sand on this beach. A small distance to the left (looking out to the sea) is Playa Manzaliña. Swimming out and looking backward you can see this beach. 
There is some coral close to the shore so you have to be a bit carefully going into the water. There is a stretch of sand till the drop-off. It is not really a drop-off because the slope is very gradual. What is immediately obvious when swimming over the drop-off is that there are lots of height differences in the coral growth. This creates a nice landscape of tops and valleys. 
Similar to the other dive sites at San Juan is the abundance of sponges. There are among others large groups of rope sponges. Also the coral looks healthy although I have seen an area at the top of a large "mountain" of star coral with dead coral. Not because of coral bleaching. It looks more as if something poisonous was spoiled on the coral.

It is a very nice place to dive.

How to get there

san_juan_playa_chiki_htgtComing from the Eastern site of the island you have to go to the Western Part. Driving along the only road to this part of the island, "road to Westpunt", you drive along Plantation House "Daniel" and past the small city of "Terra Kora" till you see a sign "Soto". There you go to the left. Follow this road. You pass the entrance to "Cas Abou" and a little later you see a sign "San Juan". Slow down because you have to make a turn to the left at the red rock with the number 20 till 23 (dive site numbers).

Follow the dirt road till you see the plantation house of San Juan. Enter through the gate and drive to the right side of the plantation house. There you have to pay the entrance fee, which is currently Nafl 5.00 per car (about US$ 2.75).

Follow the dirt road. It is a winding road. It can be in bad condition in the rainy season so you better use a jeep or pick-up to get to the beach. When you reach the first split in the road you see two stones, one of which points to Shon Mosa, the other to Playa Manzalina. Follow the direction to playa Manzaliña. After some time you reach a dirt road where you can go right. Follow that road. It brings you to the Western side of the hill. The last part is very steep down, so if you have any doubt that you car can make it back when you go down. Stay on the top and park your car there. Otherwise go down and park your car at the beach.

It is a small beach and the chance that you are the only visitor is high.