Diving

Bonaire is known the world over for its breath-taking submarine world, where the unspoiled coral reefs serve as a habitat for beautiful tropical fish and other colorful sea creatures.

Bonaire is a leeward island and is outside of the hurricane zone, which means the coral stays intact and is of a very high quality. Nearly all Caribbean islands suffer from devastating storms that can wreak irreparable damage on their fragile coral reefs. The waters around Bonaire form the National Marine Park, and in some places you can see further than 90 meters underwater!

Diving on Bonaire is very accessible. You can drive to any place along the coast and dive straight from the beach, which will take you virtually straight to the coral reefs. This sets Bonaire apart from most other diving destinations worldwide. It is also why all vehicle registration plates carry the slogan ‘Diver’s Paradise.’ And it is also the reason why we have named this site Bonaire Paradise! The places where you can get back to shore are also signposted. In those places, you will find a yellow stone with the word ‘exit.’ In this way, we ensure the minimum amount of stress is placed on the coral. Many of the diving locations in the north of Bonaire are situated in the beautiful “Slagbaai” National Park. The Washington Slagbaai National Park covers the entire northern part of Bonaire. The central diving locations on the island are largely situated along the west coast of Kralendijk, with its long stretches of suburbs. These locations are sometimes referred to as ‘the house reef dive sites’ because they are so close to the back gardens of the accommodation buildings and houses in that area. Here, you can walk straight from your hotel room to the coral reef in your diving gear. Some of the beaches on Bonaire are privately owned, and others are private hotel and resort beaches.

Bonaire’s southern diving locations are set against a stunningly beautiful backdrop. The southern part of the Caribbean island is the area where the well-known salt marshes are located, with the enormous and fascinating centrally situated salt pyramids. When lit by the Caribbean sun, both the salt marshes and pyramids emit a purple glow that makes the area feel like a surreal, otherworldly landscape.

Klein Bonaire

The small reef island off the coast of Bonaire is called Klein (Small) Bonaire and features a magnificent coral reef that is home to the most beautiful colorful fish and other interesting Caribbean sea creatures. The reef runs along the whole shoreline and is an irresistible attraction for many divers and snorkelers.

Diving tourists from all over the world make special trips to Bonaire to take part in their beloved sport in the waters around Klein Bonaire. This knowledge accentuates the unimaginable beauty of the marine world of the small reef island.

Klein Bonaire is also an important breeding ground for five different species of sea turtle (Caretta Caretta turtle, Green sea turtle, Hawksbill turtle, Leatherback turtle, and Warana (or Olive Ridley) turtle) that inhabit the waters around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

The Leatherback turtle is extremely rare. In recent years (2008 and 2010), only two Leatherback turtle nests have been found on Klein Bonaire. These prehistoric animals can reach enormous sizes and can dive to great depths. In the waters around Klein Bonaire, examples of Leatherback turtles have been described and documented that were more than 2.5 meters long and weighed more than 2200 lbs!

In the sea around the small island, you will find buoys at all dive locations to anchor boats. This means that boats do not have to throw their anchors out above the reefs and risk damaging the fragile coral.

Caribbean sea creatures. The reef runs along the whole shoreline and is an irresistible attraction for many divers and snorkelers.

Diving tourists from all over the world make special trips to Bonaire to take part in their beloved sport in the waters around Klein Bonaire. This knowledge accentuates the unimaginable beauty of the marine world of the small reef island.

Klein Bonaire is also an important breeding ground for five different species of sea turtle (Caretta Caretta turtle, Green sea turtle, Hawksbill turtle, Leatherback turtle, and Warana (or Olive Ridley) turtle) that inhabit the waters around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

The Leatherback turtle is extremely rare. In recent years (2008 and 2010), only two Leatherback turtle nests have been found on Klein Bonaire. These prehistoric animals can reach enormous sizes and can dive to great depths. In the waters around Klein Bonaire, examples of Leatherback turtles have been described and documented that were more than 2.5 meters long and weighed more than 2200 lbs!

In the sea around the small island, you will find buoys at all dive locations to anchor boats. This means that boats do not have to throw their anchors out above the reefs and risk damaging the fragile coral.

 

Dive locations

All dive locations on Bonaire, except for those on Klein Bonaire, are signposted by a yellow stone with the name of the dive location.

In the sea, you will find buoys for boats at all dive locations. This means that boats do not have to throw their anchors out above the reefs, which may damage the fragile coral. To further protect the coral reefs, some dive locations are signposted with the best spot to enter the sea from the beach. In these locations, you will find a yellow stone that reads ‘enter’.

Best dive destination

For years, Bonaire has been declared the best dive destination in the Caribbean archipelago by the leading American diving magazine ‘Scuba Diving Magazine’. Bonaire receives particular praise for its many shore diving possibilities and its unspoiled marine habitat.

 

Diving schools

On the “Divers Paradise Bonaire” you will find many diving schools and diving centers where certified instructors will safely guide you into the magnificent underwater world. Certified divers can hire complete diving outfits.

If you do not yet have a diving qualification, you can perform a trial dive alongside an experienced instructor, or get a qualification by attending a diving course.