Updated: Jan 11
Known as the shore diving capital of the world, Bonaire offers accessible and reliable beach diving year-round with a flexibility not found anywhere else in the Caribbean. Pioneering the 'drive and dive' approach, the island's well-developed dive infrastructure makes Bonaire diving as easy and relaxing as it gets.
Here are some quick facts about Bonaire diving:
1. There are over 60 dive sites on Bonaire, each marked by a bright yellow rock bearing the name of the site. Match this up to your dive map, drive until you find it, and dive. It's that simple!
2. Many dive operators offer a drive-through service so you don't need to offload your cylinders at the end of the day. They will fill them on the back of your car while you wash your gear in the rinse tanks provided.
3. Bonaire has worked hard to preserve its reef system for the dive industry. It was one of the first islands to install permanent mooring buoys, and wearing gloves underwater is not allowed!
4. Being south of the hurricane belt, Bonaire has a great year-round dive climate. Water temperatures range from 80 to 86F throughout the year, with the highest temperatures in August and September.
5. Bonaire's large number of dive sites and independent dive scene mean sites are rarely crowded. It's more common to be the only divers at a site.
6. As one of the 'ABC islands', Bonaire is the ideal starting point for a multi-destination vacation. The islands of Aruba and Curacao are very close by and also offer some great diving. Check out our blog on diving Aruba.
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