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Bonaire, Caribbean

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.

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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.

Dive Centres: PADI & BSAC dive courses and dive centres. More >

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.

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