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Bonaire Dive Centre - Bonaire, Caribbean

Buddy Dive Centre Bonaire

The Bonaire Dive Centre is a PADI 5* Gold Palm Resort and Universal Referral Centre. A friendly and personal service that has become a trademark of buddy Dive Resort. The centre has a complete inventory of rental equipment along with offering many different PADI courses which are conducted in several languages.

The Bonaire Dive Centre is located at the Buddy Dive Resort which is a short 15 minute drive from Flamingo Airport.

Facilities & Services

5 boats with facilities including dry storage areas, rinse buckets, fresh water showers, a camera table, a sundeck, a shaded area and an easy entry platform for both entering and leaving the water. Boats can accommodate up to 24 divers and crew on a 2 tanks dive. The deck area is roomy for divers to stow all their equipment without compromising space. Smaller dive boats for groups of 10, 12 or 14 divers are available for private groups. For safety each boat is equipped with first aid kits and O2, 2 way radios and appropriate rescue equipment. There will always be 2 crew members on each trip who are trained in Media First Aid, either PADI certified Dive Masters or Instructors. The captain will remain on-board to assist you in and out of the water and also to monitor your underwater progress. A dive guide will accompany you on the dive. A retail shop is also at the centre where equipment and accessories can be purchased including t-shirts, sandals, caps, dive lights, film and souvenirs.

There is lots to see in the waters of Bonaire. The resort also has a digital photography centre which offers rental of underwater photography equipment and instruction.


There is something here for every diver with calm waters, reefs and plenty of marine life living along the shallow drop-off area of the reed slope allows for maximum bottom time. Morning and afternoon boat trips are available to the nearby island of Klein Bonaire, which is a short 10 minute boat ride away. Guided day and night dives can be arranged to sites such as the Salt Pier which is great for photographers.

Dive Courses

PADI dive courses available include Discover Scuba, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Bubble Maker (ages 8-10). Courses should be requested and booked in advance to ensure availability.

Price from:
 Padi Open Water £245
 Advanced Padi OW   £175


Bonaire National Marine Park Fee: It is necessary for all who use the waters of the Bonaire National Marine Park to pay a Nature Fee. The fee is $25 for scuba divers (including admission to Washington Slagbaai National Park) and $10 snorkelers or a 1 day scuba diving pass. At the time of payment you will receive a specially designed tag indicating your support of nature preservation and a receipt. Keep both, as they are proof of payment and will provide you with admission to Washington-Slagbaai National Park. Tags are available for purchase at all dive operations, hotels, resorts, windsurfing operations, sport fishing charter boats, sail/snorkel/water taxi operations, marinas and other water sports operations on Bonaire and need to be paid in cash.

All divers are required by the Bonaire Marine Park to carry out a dive orientation & shore orientation dive before participating in any diving activities.

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Diving Conditions

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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.

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Great Reasons to Dive in Bonaire

  • Voted 'Best Shore Diving Location in the World' with 80+ sites
  • Unique 'Drive Thru' Air fill
  • 460 species of Fish - Special Fish ID weeks (July/Aug)
  • Drift dives
  • Excellent location for learn to dive and building experience for novice/ntermediate divers.
  • Eco/Adventure Activities and tours available.
  • Year round warm weather.
  • Relaxed, local unique dutch-creole vibe & restaurants.


Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.