Bonaire in the southern Caribbean, is known as the 'shore diving capital of the world'. With over 80 easily accessible shore dive sites, daily boat diving, learn to dive and advanced courses. Bonaire has long been seen as offering some of the best diving in the Caribbean with professional dive centres providing a range of services for individuals, families or groups. Located some 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, lies the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. It's outside the hurricane belt and enjoys almost continuous sunshine and great weather throughout the year.
Constantly rated as the top dive destination in the world and as a pioneer in preserving nature, Bonaire is indeed a dream diving location. Over 80 dive sites, many easily accessible from the limestone shore earn Bonaire it's claim as the"shore diving capital” of the world. 'Dive and drive' packages allow experienced divers to hire a truck, pick up their tanks in 'drive thru' service point and head off for a day's independent diving. All the waters around Bonaire, the natural bay and Klein Bonaire offshore island, form part of the Bonaire National Marine Park and maintains it's protected status for the benefit of locals and visitors alike. Here even the most inexperienced divers can enjoy diving and swimming condition with very little waves or currents.
Culture and Activities
On the northern tip of the island lies Washington National Park, with options for liveaboard diving excursions. Numerous indigenous plants, birds and animals thrive in this protected area with spectacular sighting of flamingo colonies on the salt flats on the south of the island. Easy to get around, the island is only 24 miles long by five miles wide, and offers a variety of activities in addition to diving. Explore the eastern mangroves on an eco kayaking tour, try your hand at windsurfing at picturesque Lac Bay or try one of the many other activities such as hiking, bird watching, caving, mountain biking. This is a beautiful island and so easy to get around and enjoy the unspoilt natural landscapes. Coupled with the small, chaming capital of Kralendijk with it's old Dutch colonial buildings side by side with the local, caribbean art and choice of creole, south American and international style bars and restaurants, make Bonaire one of the very best Caribbean diving locations.
Best Time: All Year
Average Air temps: 28°C (82°F)
Average Water temps: 27°C (80°F)
Visibility: 30m (100') Spring to Autumn.
Top Dive Sites: 1000 Steps, Hilma Hooker wreck, Sampler at Klein Bonaire, Town Pier -'Best Night dive in the Caribbean' - by special license only. Mainy dive sites with pristine coral. 60 sites on Bonaires (West coast) and 20 on offshore island Klein Bonaire. Washington Slagbaai Park Safari - day (3 tank) dive trips.
Great Reasons to Dive in Bonaire