Bonaire: Diver’s Paradise.
Bonaire has been widely recognized for many years in the diving community as one of the world’s best shore diving destinations in the world. The island offers a total of 86 named dive sites (click here to view), and is home to over 57 species of soft and stony coral and more than 350 recorded fish species (click here to view). Overall the crystal clear blue waters give the diver excellent visibility for a maximum underwater experience.
Diving on Bonaire is accessible for both beginner as skilled diver. From shore dives on Bonaire to boat dives at Klein Bonaire in different levels of experience.
Bonaire also offers, for the more advanced, wreck and even technical divers, two wrecks that can be visited: the Hilma Hooker on 98.5 feet (30 m) and the Windjammer starting at 160 feet (49 m) depth.
On the island there are a broad number of dive centers that provide dive courses and the necessary dive materials for diving, including special gas mixtures for technical diving.
Be aware that entering the turquoise waters of Bonaire you will find yourself in Bonaire’s National Marine Park. This park was established in 1979. The reefs around Bonaire form a narrow fringing reef, which starts practically at the shoreline and extends to a maximum of 984 feet (300m) offshore. The whole area is protected as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park.
Therefore it is mandatory to buy a STINAPA Marine Park Tag for any and all water activities on the island. This tag is your personal access pass to Bonaire National Marine Park. The price of the tag differ, for scuba diving you pay $45 (per calendar year) and for all other water activities $25 (per calendar year).You can buy the tags at any dive center or at STINAPA. The scuba diving tag gives you also free entry to the Washington Slagbaai National Park.