Bonaire

Welcome to your underwater paradise. With abundant marine life, over 80 official dive sites, and breathtaking views, you’ll never want to leave. Bonaire is often referred to as the shore diving capital of the world. Its crystal-clear waters are perfect for any diver at any level.  

Bonaire is an island municipality of the Netherlands and lies off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. It is a part of the ABC Islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, and one of the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles. 

The southern part of the island is mostly flat while the northern side is hilly with its peak reaching 787 feet high. Around 70% of the island’s surface is coral limestone. The capital, Kralendijk, which translates to “coral reef” is a small town that boasts well-preserved Caribbean architecture. 

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Buddy Dive

Buddy Dive’s custom dive boats invite you to explore beautiful marine life during a guided dive. With as many as 60 officially listed dive sites on Bonaire and another 20 dive sites on Klein Bonaire, the dive operation at Van der Valk‘s Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is geared up for you to make the most out of your dive vacation.  

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Divi Dive Bonaire

Their boat’s benches are custom designed to make it easier to set up and take off diving gear, and wide-open decks provide ample room to walk around. Each ride is limited to 18 passengers, so you never have to worry about crowding. 

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Buddy Dive Resort

Buddy Dive Resort is located on the waterfront north of town, just a few steps from the ocean. No, really, they have a stairway that leads right to the water! They offer personable staff, spacious accommodations and a dive operation that takes the stress out of your holiday. 

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino is conveniently located just minutes from the airport and a 5-minute walk to town. Colorful and laid-back, this water-lover’s paradise offers two sparkling pools, a day spa and fitness center, weekly activities, delicious dining, an intimate casino, and an award-winning five-star dive operation with a fleet of six dive boats, private dive lockers, a dive shop with equipment rental, and a famed house reef you can explore 24/7. 

 

 

 

Buddy Dive

 

Buddy Dive’s custom dive boats invite you to explore beautiful marine life during a guided dive. With as many as 60 officially listed dive sites on Bonaire and another 20 dive sites on Klein Bonaire, the dive operation at Van der Valk‘s Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is geared up for you to make the most out of your dive vacation.  

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Divi Dive Bonaire

 

Their boat’s benches are custom designed to make it easier to set up and take off diving gear, and wide-open decks provide ample room to walk around. Each ride is limited to 18 passengers, so you never have to worry about crowding. 

 

 

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Buddy Dive Resort

 

Buddy Dive Resort is located on the waterfront north of town, just a few steps from the ocean. No, really, they have a stairway that leads right to the water! They offer personable staff, spacious accommodations and a dive operation that takes the stress out of your holiday. 

 

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

 

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino is conveniently located just minutes from the airport and a 5-minute walk to town. Colorful and laid-back, this water-lover’s paradise offers two sparkling pools, a day spa and fitness center, weekly activities, delicious dining, an intimate casino, and an award-winning five-star dive operation with a fleet of six dive boats, private dive lockers, a dive shop with equipment rental, and a famed house reef you can explore 24/7. 

Upcoming Trips

March 25-April 1, 2023

July 1-8, 2023

What To Expect

Scuba Diving

The calm waters allow novice divers to swim parallel to the shore with minimal currents. Advanced divers will enjoy unlimited shore dives and freedom to explore the ocean floor. 

 Keep your eyes out for: 

  • Parrotfish 
  • Angelfish 
  • Moray eels 
  • Barracudas 
  • Turtles 
  • Nurse sharks 

Each dive site in Bonaire is marked with a large yellow rock with the site name painted on it. This makes it easy for you to hop in the car and drive to your next site easily. You’re on island time now and the sea is yours. 

Bonaire is also known around the world for its conservation efforts. In 2012, the Bonaire Island Council permitted the Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire to start developing coral nurseries and restoration projects on the island. There are multiple programs on the island where divers can learn first-hand what it takes to care for these nurseries. 

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Culture

Bonairean culture is based on strong family ties and respect for nature. Their population is a mixture of African, Caribbean and Dutch influences. Dutch is the official language of Bonaire and Papiamento, a mixture of Portuguese, African, Spanish, Dutch and English is also commonly used. 

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Bonaire National Marine Park 

The Bonaire National Marine Park encompasses all the waters surrounding the island and the uninhabited islet Klein Bonaire. The 6,700-acre preservation area is teeming with untouched coral and mangrove forests.  

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Shore Diving 

It’s a no-brainer to take advantage of the shore diving Bonaire has to offer. As the “Shore Diving Capital of the World”, divers can hop in their rented vehicle and explore the island looking for the best dive spots. Each site is marked with a big yellow rock and there are over 80 sites to choose from. 

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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

It’s not every day you get to visit a donkey sanctuary! This sanctuary is committed to providing a protected life for all donkeys in Bonaire, and they currently house over 700 donkeys. You can visit by car or walk on foot to pet and feed the donkeys.  

What prior travelers say

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“Shore diving in Bonaire was a new and rewarding experience for us with the ability to dive anytime, anywhere you want. We even did our first unguided dive with just the two of us. We will definitely go back.”

-Matt C.

Traveler Photos

Know Before You Go

Currency – The official currency of Bonaire is the U.S Dollar. ATMs are spread throughout the island and major credit cards are accepted at most major tourist establishments. 

LanguageDutch is the official language of Bonaire. Papiamento, a mixture of Portuguese, African, Spanish, Dutch and English is also commonly used. 

Electricity – Bonaire operates at 127 Volts AC at 50 Cycles (or Hertz or Hz). We advise bringing a transformer with you.  

Water – It is perfectly safe to drink the tap water in Bonaire, which is distilled from sea water.  

Passport – Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip. 

 

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