More than 60 dive sites are accessible by shore, making Bonaire one of the the most enjoyable dive destinations.
It is ranked as one of the top four dive locations in the World and many of the Dive operators and resorts (like Buddy Dive) are rated as top dive resorts in the World.
Visibility averages over 100 feet (30m), and frequently reaching up to 150 feet (50m).
I have found that many dive Operators are members of CURO, the Council of Underwater Resort Operators. Their responsibility as members is that they have to practice and adhere to uniform practices that, along with the Bonaire Marine Park Rules, have worked to preserve the beautiful reefs and the fragile ecosystem of the reef. When you plan your trip to Bonaire, be aware that you will have to go through a National Marine Park orientation before you dive. The orientation are generally around 9am. They will check your buoyancy and make sure you are not banging up the reef. So be sure to check your trim and clip up equipment. During this orientation they will also teach what you will see and let you know about the invasive species like the pesky lionfish. You will also have to purchase a Marine Park Tag that is valid for one calendar year. The cost is $25 and goes towards helping support park management and services.
Below is a list of dive operator’s I have heard good things about. I will do brief writeups on what they have to offer soon. Please note this is a reference list. I will check them out and see if they are worthy meaning would I consider staying or diving with them. Here are my requirements of what I look for in a dive operator. For the dive operator to get a 4 star(*)
**Friendly, knowledgeable staff including current dive conditions, local hot spots and what’s swimming
**Reasonable priced and not over charging tourists. I am not cheap but want bang for my buck.I will pots a deal if I find it.
**Amenities & Hours…I like lockers and want someone to hump my gear. I do not mind tipping. I want convenient divw hours including night diving.
**Unlimited tank fills for shore diving
Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn
Captain Don’s Habitat
P.O. Box 88
Kaya Gob N Debrot 103
Tel. +599 717 8290
Fax.+599 717 8240
Known the world over as “the home of diving freedom”. Full service dive resort with varied accommodations, restaurant, bar and SDI/TDI Professional Development Dive Center.
» Number of Dive Boats: 3
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 20
» Gear Provided: Weight belts and weights with all dive packages
» Rental Gear Available: Exclusive ScubaPro wetsuits, bc’s, reg’s, masks, fins, snorkels and computers
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: reef, wreck, wall, technical
» Total Dive Sites: 80+ boat sites, unlimited shore sites
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 1
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 15
» Certification Agencies: PADI, SDI, TDI, NAUI
» Courses Offered: Resort Course up to and including Instructor level courses plus Techinical Diving courses
Den Laman Condos
Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 77
Bonaire, Netherlands, Antilles
Condominium offering a fully equipped kitchen, living area, living area with LCD-TV with surround sound system and more. All have balconies, many boasting spectacular ocean views. Scuba diving packages are available for both shore diving and boat diving.
» Number of Dive Boats: ??
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: ??
» Gear Provided: Tanks, weights and weight belt
» Rental Gear Available: Yes
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Boat and Shore
» Total Dive Sites: 63
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites:
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites:
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Discover Nitrox , Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Open Water Diver Referral, Scuba Review,Advanced Open Water Diver, and more
Dive Friends Bonaire
Dive and Dollar
Offering more space and amenities than traditional “hotel” accommodations, with opportunities afforded by full kitchens, which saves money on meals, Sand Dollar condos are ideal for the Bonaire visitor who values comfort, convenience and cost. All rooms have an ocean view and are steps away from the diving and snorkeling on Sand Dollar’s famous Bari reef. Sand Dollar not only offers a PADI/SSI dive shop, photo shop, tennis courts, a pool, and high-speed Internet, it also and has other conveniences within walking distance such as: a bank, a grocery store, deli, full-service gym, liquor store, drug store, and restaurants. The resort is located just a few minutes drive from Kralendijk, the capital of Bonaire.
Rec Tek Scuba – technical diving
Scuba Vision Film and Photo
Touch the Sea- Dee Scarr
There are wonderful opportunities to see Coral spawning in August, September and October. Click here and you will be able to see predictions for species for 2011.