A small island in size, but full of opportunities for diving, eco-adventures, or simply enjoying the relaxed lifestyle, slow pace and tranquility that is so typical of the Caribbean. Visit our Blog if you want to know more about diving in Bonaire.
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More than eighty dive spots, most easily accessible, truly make Bonaire the capital of “shore diving” or diving from the edge of the world. Although influenced by a dry climate, Bonaire has three different types of landscape. The central region is semi-arid, while the southern region is flat and very open with a unique mangrove system in the world and saltwater ponds. The northern part is greener and steeper. With a height of 218 meters the ‘Brandaris’ is the highest point of Bonaire. An average annual rainfall of 56 cm / m2, an almost constant water temperature of 27º and an air temperature of just over 28º make Bonaire a perfect place to dive at any time of the year. Here what is styled is the system called “drive and dive” you have at your disposal a rental car type “pick up” and unlimited diving from shore (without a guide). The diving areas are clearly identified with yellow phytas to enjoy diving to the fullest “on your own”.
Located in the South of the Caribbean it is part of the Dutch Caribbean, together with the islands of Curaçao and Aruba. More than eighty diving spots or “dive sites” for shore diving make Bonaire the world capital of shore diving. The diving here is very interesting and varied both in the North and in the South of the island.
The south of Bonaire is very flat, and that geography continues under water. In the diving areas in the south of the island we will find a long, shallow, gently sloping underwater platform. In some diving areas there is actually a second reef, geologically much older. In shallow waters, soft coral abounds, and in the South it is not unusual to encounter pelagic species.
The diving area North on the other hand is much steeper and deeper. In the North we will find short, shallow terraces and then see how the steep descent begins. Here in this diving area, hard coral predominates, among which the great brain corals stand out. The fauna in general is abundant, highlighting the sea turtles and as typical of the Caribbean dives, all with excellent visibility. All in the Buddy Dive Resort, the best and oldest dive resort in Bonaire.
Constantly rated as one of the highest quality destinations for “shore dive” or “shore diving” in the world and as a precursor in the preservation of nature, Bonaire is truly the dream of all divers. More than 80 dive sites, many of which are easily accessible from the shore, truly make Bonaire the capital of shore diving in the world. But this island in the form of a boomerang, with a length of 39 kilometers and 8 kilometers in width, also offers a variety of activities for those who do not dive.
The mangrove forests of the East, the “cradle of the reef”, are best discovered in kayak, while in the western part of the island, several caves are open for guided tours, to explore this unknown and mystical aspect of Bonaire. Lac Bay in the South has almost perfect conditions for windsurfing, making the area ideal for beginners and advanced windsurfers, while the landscape of hills in the North is ideal for cyclists. Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited island a mile off the coast of Bonaire, is an area well known as the cradle of turtles, its beaches and clear waters are ideal for diving.