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The island of Bonaire is located in the southern Caribbean, outside the hurricane belt close to Aruba and Curaçao. Bonaire’s sea abounds with beautiful marine life and a fascinating variety of multicoloured tropical fish, there is lots to see while diving on Bonaire. Known for shore diving, many dive centres also offer boat dives giving divers the opportunity to explore Klein Bonaire and island just off the coast.
WHY WE LOVE DIVING IN BONAIRE
Beautiful fringing reef with over 50 official dive sites
Calm water and great visibility
Long history of marine conservation
Winter average of 24°C / 75°F
Summer average of 30°C / 85°F
Rainy season December to March
Direct flight from LONDON via AMSTERDAM
GMT - 4 hours
No visa required
Dutch and Papiamentu, English & Spanish are also common
Diving in Bonaire
Bonaire has a narrow fringing reef, starting practically at the shoreline, that extends to a maximum of 200 feet (60m) depth. The whole area is protected as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. The Marine Park offers more than 85 dive sites, is home to over 57 species of soft and stony coral and more than 350 recorded fish species. Many of the dive sites have access by boat or shore. From the shore, dive sites are marked with names on yellow stones.
Expect to find colourful parrot fish of all varieties including the rainbow and blue parrot fish. Inquisitive angel fish, feisty sergeant majors, and beautiful butterfly fish dot the reef. Scrawled file fish sporting electric blue stripes along with grunts, gobies and groupers, along with large schools of blue tangs and jacks. And keep an eye out for camouflaging frog fish.
The coral life in Bonaire is truly diverse. The shallow waters from shore to drop-off contain elk horn, stag horn, boulder star and dominant stony coral as well as a variety of gorgonia. From the drop-off, the dominant coral species is usually boulder star coral, locally also lettuce coral. At greater depths, the dominant species are the plate-forming corals like great star and blushing star coral.
Consistently rated as the top dive destination in the world and as a pioneer in preserving nature, Bonaire is a dream for every diver.
30m / 100 ft avg
Average of 29°C / 84° F