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Bonaire July '24

Those who know the island of Bonaire prize it for what it's missing. Traffic lights, high rises, congestion, sound pollution and stress; all gone. In their place, you will find a picturesque harbor town, intimate waterfront resorts and many miles of undeveloped coastline that overlook the blue Caribbean. Pristine coral reefs set the stage for stellar scuba diving and snorkeling. Once you visit, you'll see why it is known as the "Diver's Paradise."

What's the diving like?

Protected, sheltered and close. These three words explain why Bonaire draws divers back time and again to enjoy some of the finest reefs in the Caribbean. The entire island is surrounded by a zone of protection, the National Marine Park, and the western shore is washed in clear water and sheltered from wind and waves. Reefs begin just yards from the beach. Boat diving is relaxed and shore diving is as simple as parking and wading in. Ashore, the vibe is low-key relaxation and outdoor recreation, with a roster of adventures that includes windsurfing, mangrove tours, mountain biking, hiking and day trips to remote, surf-washed coves.

The majority of sites along the island's western coast and around the nearby island of Klein Bonaire feature similar profiles: Beaches or rocky shorelines are fronted by a coastal ledge that slopes gradually from the waterline to a depth of around 25 feet, then turns downward at a steeper angle to reach depths of around 100 feet. At some sites, coral growth begins right at the shore, while more often the upper ledge features a sandy bottom, with dense coral cover beginning at the edge of the drop. This profile makes it easy for divers to wade in and get comfortable, then drop onto the coral slope and choose their depth. Water temperatures range from the high 70s to mid-80s.

Where will you be staying?

Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is a full service dive resort and 5-Star PADI Career Development Center that has something to offer for everyone. Divers will enjoy a full-service on-site dive operation, offering a 2-lane air/Nitrox drive-thru station, 6 custom boats and full retail and equipment rental center.

The choice of spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments can easily accommodate single travelers, couples, families and dive groups.All apartments have air-conditioned bedrooms, a kitchen and every bedroom has its own bathroom, plus a porch or balcony with views of the blue ocean or tropical garden. Complete with 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools and 2 raised sand beaches, you will have everything in place to make your vacation one to remember.

Included on your vacation

7 nights accommodations
(1) Rental Vehicle per Condo

Transfers to/from Airport in Bonaire
Unlimited Snorkeling from the beach
6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives
Unlimited Shore Diving
Free Nitox

Not Included

Airport transfers in the United States
Bonaire Entry Fee ($75)
Marine Park Fee ($40)

Other Options

Rental Vehicle
Single Rates
SCUBA Certification Dives
Advanced Diver Course
Nitrox Diver Course

Tips and Info

  • If shore diving with a rental car, look for the yellow-painted and numbered stones along the shore that mark the entry point for each site.
  • A 3mm wetsuit, open-heel fins and thicker-soled boots for shore dives, a small tarp for gearing up from a rental car, and a water jug and towel for rinsing off afterward.

Best Places to Dive in Bonaire

  1. The Hilma Hooker is an easy yet impressive wreck that can be accessed from shore.
  2. The pilings of Salt Pier harbor a menagerie of marine life.
  3. Karpata combines abundant marine life with groves of elkhorn coral starting in shallow water.
  4. Tarpon flash through schooling baitfish at Bari Reef.
  5. On Klein Bonaire, Monte's Divi is a good bet for seahorses and Forest offers thick growths of soft corals and black coral trees.

Trip Pricing

Diver Price

$1,540: Standard Rate, 4ppl in 2BR Condo

- Multiple other room options available. 

Non-Diver Price

Subtract $400

Group Air

Not Available

Dive Accident Insurance

Travel Insurance

Deposit Only

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