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Snorkeling in Bonaire

Options Abound in a Snorkeler's Paradise

If theme park developers were tasked with creating the ideal snorkeling destination, it would look a lot like Bonaire. The water is warm and clear, the weather is good year round, and there are miles of reefs to explore. Most sites have no currents or waves to deal with, and snorkelers never have to swim far, because coral gardens begin just a few feet from shore. The waters are home to hundreds of species of tropical fish that thrive under the protection of an all-island marine park. Explore when and where you want by wading in from shore or enjoying a short boat ride in calm seas.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone with a love of water and nature
  • Best season to visit: Year-round, as it's below the hurricane belt
  • Weather: 70s, sunny and dry in the winter, 80s in the summer, with occasional afternoon or evening showers

Bonaire Information

Snorkeling in Bonaire Overview

Bonaire's snorkeling sites are located along the island's western coast, which provides shelter from prevailing easterly winds and swells. A number of waterfront resorts have reefs right off their docks or beaches, and also offer boat rides to nearby sites. Many more sites can be reached from parking areas along the coastal highway.

Snorkeling in Bonaire Tips

To get the most out of a snorkel vacation, work with the water sports staff at your resort to create a mixed schedule that includes both boat and shore excursions. For the ultimate variety, book a rental car for access to miles of snorkel sites that are accessible from the coastal highway.

Best Places to Snorkel in Bonaire

At sites like Windsock and Karpata, groves of elkhorn coral grow close to shore and rise almost to the surface. A short boat ride brings snorkelers to the deserted island of Klein Bonaire, where star and brain coral are set against a white sand bottom at sites like Rock Pile, while forests of colorful sea fans cover Captain Don's Reef. For something very different, head to the east coast to snorkel a mangrove estuary.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Bonaire

If you are bringing your own gear, and plan to do any snorkeling from shore, choose open-heel fins that fit into separate dive boots, as this combination will provide greater comfort when walking across gravel beaches and into the water.  Pack a jug of water for rinsing off afterward, and a large towel for changing.

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Buddy Dive Resort

DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE SPEND EASTER WEEK AT BUDDY DIVE BONAIRE AND GET $100 PER DIVER DISCOUNT!

Includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, choice of 6 days unlimited shore diving, 6 days 1 or 2-tank boat dives with unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, breakfast buffet daily, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers.

Valid March 30 – April 6, 2024.

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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

BONAIRE SAVE $100 LEARN TO DIVE PACKAGE (APRIL-DECEMBER) includes 7-night accommodations, Full Open Water Scuba Course course including instruction, materials, unlimited air, and use of required equipment, daily breakfast buffet, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Best Price valid for travel 6/15/24-12/20/24. Rate from $1,639 per person, double.

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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE SAVE $100 LEARN TO DIVE PACKAGE (APRIL-DECEMBER) includes 7-night accommodations, Full Open Water Scuba Course course including instruction, materials, unlimited air, and use of required equipment, daily breakfast buffet, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid travel 8/17/24-12/20/24. Rate from $1,642 per person, double.

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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE 2ND DIVER DIVES FREE! MARINE LIFE EDUCATION 2024 WEEK Join Buddy Dive Resort for a week full of fun, presentations, and guided dives to learn about life on the reefs and underwater wildlife with Eric Riesch, Managing Director at Reef Fish Identification (discount on Reef ID books).

7 night’s accommodations, 6 days unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, breakfast daily, free WiFi and roundtrip airport transfers.

Valid 8/10/24-8/24/24.
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Grand Windsock Bonaire

BONAIRE 7 nights Garden View accommodations, 6 days of unlimited shore diving with Wannadive Bonaire, including roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, fees, taxes, and service charges.

Double Diver Rate from $962 per person
Quad Diver Rate from $669 per person.

Rates valid through 5/1/24-6/30/24 and 9/1/24-12/15/24.

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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE SAVE 10% HOT SUMMER DEAL 7 night’s accommodations, 6 days unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, breakfast daily, free WiFi and roundtrip airport transfers.

Valid 7/27/24-8/16/24 from $1,048 pp/quad (2bd) or $1,199 pp/dbl (studio).
Valid 8/17/24-8/30/24 from $1,007 pp/quad (2bd) or $1,154 pp/dbl (studio).

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Buddy Dive Resort

DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE $100 PER DIVER DISCOUNT Package includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, choice of 6 days unlimited shore diving, 6 days 1 or 2-tank boat dives with unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, breakfast buffet daily, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers.

Valid for travel through April 5, 2024!

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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE SCUBA MADNESS – FREE DIVING! Enjoy a week of sun, fun, and madness with crazy incentives!

7 night’s accommodations, 6 days unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, breakfast daily, free WiFi and roundtrip airport transfers. Diving upgrades available in the shopping cart on the next screen.

Every 2nd Diver Dives for Free and Free Discover Scuba session for non-divers!

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Valid 11/30/24-12/20/24.
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Captain Dons Habitat

FREE DIVING 2024 EARLY BOOKING BONUS BOOK 1-6 BOAT DIVE PACKAGE AND 2ND DIVER DIVES FOR FREE includes 7 nights Deluxe Ocean View accommodations, 6 days of 1-tank boat dives + 6 days unlimited shore diving, roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid 8/31/24-9/28/24.
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Buddy Dive Resort

SAIL, DINE, DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE ENJOY BONAIRES FAMOUS SUNSETS! 7 nights’ accommodations, 6 days unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox (for certified divers), breakfast buffet daily, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers.

One full 8 hour Sail Day (Mondays only) on board a 44ft Sailing Catamaran including 2 guided boat dives or 2 guided snorkeling excursions (for non-divers), open bar with ice cold drinks, sodas, beers, wines, prosecco, lunch and 4 course dinner with fresh water on shower deck.

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SNORKEL PACKAGE 7 nights Studio Room accommodations, daily breakfast, 7 days single cabin manual transmission pickup truck rental, with CDW car insurance, and free WiFi and taxes.

SNORKEL PACKAGE includes Introduction to snorkel and equipment for 7 days, 1-trip to snorkel Klein Bonaire, 1-guided cave snorkel/exploration tour, 1-guided mangrove snorkel/kayak tour, 1 hour landsailing.

Add on a ½ Day Discover Scuba Diving course for $90. Additional tours and adventures available to purchase in the shopping cart.

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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

BONAIRE LEARN TO DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night accommodations, Full Open Water Scuba Course course including instruction, materials, and use of required equipment, daily breakfast buffet, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE LEARN TO DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night accommodations, Full Open Water Scuba Course including instruction, materials, and use of required equipment, daily breakfast buffet, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

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Harbour Village Beach Club

LOVE & LUXURY PACKAGE 7 night’s accommodations choice of Courtyard Room, Marina Front Room, 1 Bedroom Suite, or 2 Bedroom Suite, airport transfers, daily full American breakfast, 1 aromatherapy massage per person, 1 welcome gift basket with bottle of sparkling wine, 1 seaside dinner with bottle of wine, use of fitness center, kayaks, paddle boards and service charges. Add on a Discover Scuba Diving course, or additional tours and adventures.

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Captain Dons Habitat

FREE HOTEL NIGHT – FREE DIVING – FREE NITROX MAY-JUNE DIVE DEAL includes 7 Nights Deluxe Ocean View accommodations, 10 boat dives including Nitrox (boat dives only), 6 days of unlimited shore diving, roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid 5/18/24-6/22/24.
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Buddy Dive Resort

DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, choice of 6 days unlimited shore diving, 6 days 1 or 2-tank boat dives with unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, breakfast buffet daily, 7 days vehicle rental with insurance, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers.

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Harbour Village Beach Club

CLUB DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of a Courtyard or Marinafront room accommodations, 6 days of 1-tank boat dives plus unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, use of fitness center, kayaks, paddleboards, hotel tax and service charges.
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Captain Dons Habitat

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes choice of room accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.

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Plaza Beach & Dive Resort Bonaire

Tranquil oceanfront resort on one of Bonaire’s finest beaches, with the adjacent house reef 18th Palms that is perfect for shore diving. On-site Toucan Diving offers tank fills and dive gear storage room plus top-side adventure activities. Accommodations include spacious suites. Enjoy the casual restaurant, beachside bar, outdoor pool and day spa.

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Grand Windsock Bonaire

Luxury resort community, located in the Belnem Villas District minutes from Flamingo International Airport and downtown Kralendijk. The property is ideally suited for road trips to the more than two-dozen shore diving sites along Bonaire's southwestern coast. Guest accommodations include studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in the central resort building, and a collection of private villas that offer kitchens, living rooms and private terraces. Some also include a private pool. Guests have access to the resort pool and private beach club with a waterfront restaurant, and the resort maintains its own fleet of rental vehicles for guest convenience. An on-site dive shop operated by Wannadive Bonaire provides a full range of scuba diving services that includes diver education, boat diving, guided diving, full equipment rental, retail sales, equipment repair, an air fill station, locker rooms, rinse basins and direct shore access to a house reef.
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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

Intimate, tranquil dive resort in the southern part of Bonaire. Spacious, fully-equipped apartments, most overlooking the water with air-conditioned bedrooms. Professional PADI 5-Star dive center and rental shop. Two expansive sunbathing/dive docks. Only 10 minutes to downtown attractions.

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Buddy Dive Resort

Full-service resort with studios, 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments, 2 swimming pools and 2 restaurants. Professional PADI 5-Star CDC Center & Dive Academy. Onsite two-lane air/Nitrox drive-thru & digital photo center. Fully equipped dive & retail shop with a fleet of 6 dive boats, plus extensive technical diving facility on grounds.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

Located Oceanside with spacious oceanfront & garden hotel rooms, poolside studios with kitchenettes and balconies or patios. Five custom dive boats, 24-hour shore diving, PADI 5-Star dive center, dive certifications, rentals, dive shop & storage lockers. Two pools, beach, BBQ grills, gym, day spa, casino, daily activities. Three beachfront restaurants & 2 bars, all-inclusive plan available free WI-FI.

Ask about Monthly Dive Specials (free nights, free meals, room upgrades may apply during some seasons).

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Captain Dons Habitat

Since 1976, the original “home of diving freedom”. Varied accommodation types to fit all needs from standard rooms to three-bedroom oceanfront villas. Scheduled boat dives daily. Excellent house reef just a few fin kicks away from a dedicated shore diving pier.

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Harbour Village Beach Club

One of Bonaire's most exclusive resorts, this property is situated on a beautiful private beach alongside a private marina amid lush landscaping. Amenities include a pool and sundeck, a spa, fitness center and tennis courts. La Balandra Beach Bar & Grill—built in the style of a Spanish galleon—offers excellent cuisine in a breathtaking oceanfront location.

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Sand Dollar Condominiums

Spacious and comfortable studio, one, two and three bedroom accommodations on island. All units have kitchens, dining and living areas. The roomy porches or balconies offer views of the ocean and Bari Reef that beckon irresistibly to divers and snorkelers.

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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

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Entry Requirments: US and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport, valid for the length of stay. No visa is required for stays shorter than 90 days.

Exit Requirments: The departure tax is USD $36.05 per person, which should be included in your international airline ticket taxes, so there should be nothing to pay at the airport. Domestic departure tax is $9.27 to Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius or Aruba and should also be included in your airline ticket taxes.

Immunizations

No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Bonaire. Check with the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov

Culture and Customs

Bonaire provides a low-key take on island life. Bonairean culture blends the traditions of Spain, Africa and the Netherlands. Locals who may initially display the discrete reserves of the Dutch quickly prove warm and accommodating of visitors. And despite decades of tourism, the service industry mentality does not dominate the cultural psyche. Cruise ships now call at the Kralendijk waterfront, but divers remain the main source of business for on-island resorts. Nightlife is more likely to mean a sunset dinner at the harbor followed by a stroll to an ice cream shop, or tall tales of underwater adventures shared at a waterfront tiki bar, with a reasonable bedtime in anticipation of tomorrow's adventures. And there are ample adventures to be found. Washington Slagbaai National Park covers the entire northern end of the island, creating an outdoor playground for hiking, mountain biking, birding and day trips to small surf-washed coves hidden within iron shore bluffs. The trade winds that cool the island also power kite boarders, and the sheltered waters of Lac Bay are home to Jibe City, one of the Caribbean's epicenters of windsurfing action. Blue water fishermen don't have to travel far to hook up with trophy catches, kayakers can find shelter in mangrove channels, and sailing charters provide a relaxing way to skim the coastline without venturing into open ocean. An experience unique to Bonaire are the cave snorkel trips that take swimmers into clear pools of fresh water hidden below the island's limestone substrate.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity is 127 volt, 50 cycle. Many dive shops offer stations for charging lights, strobes or delicate equipment.

Most hotels offer WiFi and some local restaurants and bars offer WiFi. Surf-it hotspots are available with a Surf-it prepaid card from Telbo. Calling Bonaire requires dialing 011-599-7 and 6 digit number. Be sure to check with your cell phone carrier to see if they offer an international plan or you will be subject to roaming charges.

Water Quality

Bonaire offers desalinated sea water which is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is also available for purchase.

Language & Currency

There are 4 main languages spoken in Bonaire, Dutch is the official one used in government and legal transactions, while Papiamentu is used in daily exchanges and spoken by the locals. English and Spanish are also widely spoken.

As of January 1, 2011, the U.S. Dollar became the official currency of Bonaire. Credit cards are normally accepted in most restaurants, bars and stores. It is recommended you contact your credit card company before travel to make sure they know you will be using the card out of the country. ATMs are available which Cirrus, NYCE and other networks.

Time

Bonaire is in the Atlantic Time Zone (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Bonaire is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Bonaire is 24 miles long by 3-7 miles wide, approximately 111 square miles. The small island offshore, Klein Bonaire, which is uninhabited is 2.3 square miles. Bonaire is located just 30 miles from Curacao, 50 miles North of Venezuela and 80 miles East of Aruba. Bonaire is located in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea and outside of the Hurricane Belt. The population of Bonaire is 18,900 (2016).

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