Bonaire is located just north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. This Dutch Caribbean island has protected its marine resources for more than 35 years. Because of this, marine life abounds with more than 470 fish species found in Bonaire’s waters. Famed as one of the best Caribbean dive destinations, Bonaire hosts amazing coral reefs and long forgotten shipwrecks. Because the island’s dive sites are protected from any currents, this is one of the best places in the world to gain a new certification.
Visitors to Bonaire can choose between boat and shore diving. Most resorts have gorgeous reefs just offshore, but those visiting the further reaches of Bonaire National Marine Park will want to book a few dives from the region’s dive boats.
Bonaire’s dry season lasts from April to November. During these months, the island will be dry and sunny, experiencing practically no rain at all. Sea conditions remain steady and calm throughout the season with sea temperatures at 84°F (29°C) and air temperatures approximately 89°F (31°C). The dry season is recommended for those who value both beach time and dive time.
Bonaire is located outside of the hurricane zone so is therefore less at risk than other Caribbean islands.
When it comes down to it, any time is the best time to dive in Bonaire. The marine life is unchanged between seasons. You can feel comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll experience great diving during any month of the year
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport receives flights from cities around the world every day. Furthermore, there is no ferry service that runs between the islands of the Dutch Caribbean, although some private shipping companies may make exceptions.
Other than a private yacht or boat, the only way to get onto Bonaire is by plane.