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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

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WEATHER

Winter average of  24°C / 75°F 

Summer average of 30°C / 85°F

WEATHER ADVICE

Rainy season December to March

GETTING HERE

Direct flight from LONDON via AMSTERDAM

12 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT - 4 hours

VISA REQUIREMENT

No visa required

LANGUAGE

Dutch and Papiamentu, English & Spanish are also common

CURRENCY

US Dollar

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.

 

Deep Thought

Consistently rated as the top dive destination in the world and as a pioneer in preserving nature, Bonaire is a dream for every diver. 

-- John    

WATER TEMPERATURES

30m / 100 ft avg

EXPLORE BONAIRE

Our favourite places to stay

Average of 29°C / 84° F

VISIBILITY