Diver exploring a reef full of life in Bonaire

Shore Diving Capital of the Caribbean

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.

Highlights

  • Best for: Divers of all ability levels
  • 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

About Diving in Bonaire

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.

Diving in Bonaire Tips

The shore diving is exceptional, but some boat dives as well because some sites—including all on Klein Bonaire‚can only be reached by water. 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.

Best Places to Dive in Bonaire

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

What to Pack for Diving in Bonaire

A skin suit to 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.

Specials

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Captain Dons Habitat

FREE DIVING 2022 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 9/1/22-9/30/22.
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Captain Dons Habitat

FREE HOTEL – FREE DIVING – FREE NITROX 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 5/21/22-6/19/22.
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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE MADNESS - 2nd DIVER DIVES FREE includes 7 night’s Studio Room accommodations, 6 days of 1-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, daily breakfast buffet, 8 day truck rental including taxes, free WiFi, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Free discover scuba session for non-divers (when travelling with diver). Room upgrades available to 1 –bedroom, 2-bedroom or 3-bedrooms.

Valid 11/26/22-12/17/22.
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From $1,132 per person/double diver

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

7TH NIGHT FREE includes Standard Room accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, welcome cocktail, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

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Valid 4/5/22-5/31/22, 8/1/22-8/31/22, 12/1/22-12/25/22. Free Nitrox during May and December. Book by 12/31/21.
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From $947 per person/double diver

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Plaza Beach & Dive Resort Bonaire

ALL INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations in Laguna View Jr Suite, upgrades available to Pool Side, Ocean View or Grand Suites, 6 days unlimited shore diving or upgrade to 6 days of 1-tank boat dives or 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, free Nitrox, buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner (cooking station, bbq & theme nights), snacks, unlimited amount of drinks, excluding premium brands. Use of paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling equipment. Frequent daytime activities include beach volleyball, yoga and evening entertainment. Hotel tax, service charge and energy surcharge.

Valid for travel through 12/19/21.
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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

DRIVE, DIVE & STAY PACKAGE includes 7 nights 1-bedroom accommodations - upgrades available to 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom, 6 days unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, vehicle rental including taxes, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Add $300 more per person to upgrade to 3 days 2-tank valet boat diving.
Add $400 more per person to upgrade to 4 days 2-tank valet boat diving.
Add $500 more per person to upgrade to 5 days 2-tank valet boat diving.
Add $564 more per person to upgrade to 6 days 2-tank valet boat diving.

Valid for travel through 12/17/21.

Belmar offers Various Specials & Group Discounts throughout the year – Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for Exclusive Pricing and Information.
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From $746 pp/quad (2bd) or $1166 pp dbl (1bd)

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Grand Windsock Bonaire

SPECIAL INTRO DIVE PACKAGE FOR 2 includes 7 nights 2-bedroom accommodations, 6 days of unlimited shore diving with Wannadive Bonaire, plus free Nitrox, breakfast daily, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Rates valid 9/1/21-11/30/21.

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From $1,096 per person/double diver

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Grand Windsock Bonaire

STAY-DRIVE-DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights 2-bedroom accommodations – upgrade available to 3 bedrooms, 6 days of unlimited shore diving with Wannadive Bonaire, plus free Nitrox, breakfast daily, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes and fully insured, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Rates valid through 12/18/21 and 5/7/22-12/17/22.

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Sand Dollar Condominiums

Dive Package includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom accommodations, 6 days of unlimited shore diving (upgraded diving options available) with Dive Friends Bonaire, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Rates from $805 per person/double diver. Valid through 12/18/21.
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Captain Dons Habitat

FREE HOTEL – FREE DIVING – FREE NITROX 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 through 12/10/21 and 4/2/22-11/18/22. Travel 12/11/21-3/25/22 for an additional $250 more per diver.
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From $899 per person/double diver

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Buddy Dive Resort

FALL DIVING SPECIAL includes 7 nights studio accommodations - upgrades available to 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments - 6 days of unlimited shore diving, with optional upgrades to 6 days of 1 to 2 tank boat dives, free Nitrox upgrades, 7 days breakfast buffet, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers and all government taxes.
Package excludes rental car insurance. CDW (collision damage waiver) recommended.

Valid for travel through 12/17/21.

Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire offers Various Specials & Group Discounts throughout the year – Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for Exclusive Pricing and Information.
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From $985 pp/quad (2bd) or $1,073 pp/dbl (stu)

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Harbour Village Beach Club

CLUB DIVE PACKAGE - includes 7 nights in your choice of a Courtyard or Marina front room accommodations, 6 days of 1-tank boat dives plus unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, breakfast daily, free WiFi & computer room access, roundtrip airport transfers, use of fitness center, kayaks, paddleboards, hotel tax and service charges. Upgrade to 6 days of 2-tank boat diving for an additional cost.

Valid for travel through 12/17/21 and 4/10/22-12/17/22.
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Packages

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Buddy Dive Resort

LEARN TO DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations, PADI Open Water Diver course including instruction, materials and use of required equipment, daily breakfast buffet, 7 day truck rental including taxes, free WiFi, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Eden Beach Resort

STAY, DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations in your choice of Studio, King Studio, Two Bedroom, 6 days unlimited shore diving or upgrade to 6-tank boat dives or 11-tank boat dives, 7 day truck rental including taxes, optional roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, service charge and energy surcharge.
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From $852 per person double diver

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

2 TANK DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard, Deluxe or Studio accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, breakfast daily, free WiFi, welcome cocktail, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, and service charges.

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From $1,098 per person double diver

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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

DRIVE, DIVE & STAY PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom accommodations, 6 days unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, vehicle rental including taxes, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Add $300 more per person to upgrade to 3 days 2-tank valet boat diving.
Add $400 more per person to upgrade to 4 days 2-tank valet boat diving.
Add $500 more per person to upgrade to 5 days 2-tank valet boat diving.
Add $564 more per person to upgrade to 6 days 2-tank valet boat diving.

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From $746 pp/quad (2bd) or $1166 pp dbl (1bd)

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Grand Windsock Bonaire

DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, 6 days of unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, breakfast buffet daily, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

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Plaza Beach & Dive Resort Bonaire

ALL-INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations in your choice of Laguna View, Pool Side or Ocean Views, 6 days unlimited shore diving or upgrade to 6 days of 1-tank boat dives or 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, free Nitrox, buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner (cooking station, bbq & theme nights), snacks, unlimited amount of drinks, excluding premium brands. Use of paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling equipment. Frequent daytime activities include beach volleyball, yoga and evening entertainment. Hotel tax, service charge and energy surcharge.
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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. Upgrade to 6 days of 2-tank boat diving for an additional cost.
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From $1,786 per person based on double diver

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Captain Dons Habitat

BECOME A DIVER includes 7 nights deluxe oceanview accommodations, four days of Open Water Certification including books, gear, tanks and instruction, free WiFi, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

Shore Dives & Drive Package includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard, Deluxe or Studio accommodations, 6 days unlimited shore diving, 7 days truck rental, breakfast daily, welcome cocktail, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, and service charges.

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

CREATE YOUR OWN DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard, Deluxe or Studio accommodations, 6 days of unlimited shore diving, optional upgrades to 1 tank, 2 tanks or 3 tanks for multiple days, or weekly, 7 days breakfast, welcome cocktail, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, and service charges.

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From $928 per person double diver

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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 of unlimited shore diving, 6 days 1-tank boat dives with unlimited shore diving, free Nitrox, breakfast buffet daily, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

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Buddy Dive Resort

BUDDY DIVE ACTIVITY PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, breakfast daily, snorkel equipment rental for 7 days, mountain bike rental for 1 day, 1 guided boat snorkel trip, 1 guided cave exploration tour, 1 guided mangrove kayak tour, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Welcome drink.
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Harbour Village Beach Club

ROMANCE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in choice of a Luxurious Club Room, 1 Bedroom or 2 Bedroom Suite, daily full American breakfast, 1 aromatherapy massage per person, 1 scuba dive experience for beginners or 1 boat dive for certified divers, 1 torch light dinner on the beach (no beverages included), 1 hammock on the beach with Champagne (per couple), service charges and government tax.
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Resorts

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Eden Beach Resort

Located on one of Bonaire’s best natural beaches. A variety of accommodations from hotel room to two bedroom condos. Stylish, new oceanfront Spice Beach Club Bar & Restaurant on-site.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Diving in Bonaire

Favorable geography makes Bonaire the shore diving capital of the Caribbean. The island's boomerang shape shelters the west coast from prevailing easterly trade winds and ocean swells, no rivers flow from the arid landscape to mar visibility, currents are mild to non-existent, and reefs begin downward slopes just yards from shore. Hurricanes are extremely rare, as Bonaire sits south of the Caribbean's hurricane belt, and weather and sea conditions have minimal seasonal variation. Humans have also played a role in the island's rise to diving fame. The Bonaire National Marine Park was established in 1979, and the island's entire coastline is protected. All divers must purchase a marine park tag, which funds the park, and are asked to perform an initial checkout dive to fine tune buoyancy before visiting area reefs. There are more than 60 dives sites on the western side of the island, and another 25 on the low-lying, uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire, which lies less than 1,000 yards to the west. A coastal highway gives access to many sites, which are marked by yellow-painted rocks at turn offs and parking areas. A number of rental car agencies offer compact pickup trucks fitted with tank racks, and these are often seen parked all along the coastline. A number of dive resorts are clustered along the shoreline to the north and south of the town's main town, Kralendijk. Resorts offer a combination of shore diving on house reefs and daily boat dives to sections of the coast that cannot be easily reached by land, as well as sites on Klein Bonaire. Many resorts and dive shops offer shore diving packages that provide unlimited tank rentals and air fills. Physical descriptions of Bonaire's dive sites often seem repetitive, as many sites share similar characteristics. In general, sites begin on a beach, rock-covered shore or low coastal cliff, where near-shore shallows from 10 to 50 yards in width lead to the upper end of a sloping reef at depths of 25 to 30 feet. Some sites have scattered coral heads in the shallows, many have sand or rubble, and a few offer luxuriant coral growths right up to the waterline. From 25 feet downward, slopes are covered in thick growths of hard and soft corals that hold a wide range of tropical fish and other marine life. At depths of around 100 feet, many reefs level out into a deeper sand sledge that extends offshore to a second drop that is beyond the depths of scuba. Not all sites follow this common pattern. On the island's north coast, sites within Washington Slagbaai National Park begin in narrower coves tucked between rocky headlands. Along the island's southern coast, some sites offer sufficient current to stage a drift dive. The wreck of the 230-foot Hilma Hooker is easily reached from shore, and a pair of piers attract marine life. The long-time favorite, Town Pier, now requires a guide for access, while the expansive network of pillars at Salt Pier harbor a diverse array of life. A small number of adventurous divers visit the island's eastern shore when conditions permit. Here, sites such as White Hole offer drop offs, clefts and caverns that attract turtles, rays and schooling fish–plus, one of the best chances to see sharks.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements

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).