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Bonaire is located just north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. The middle part of the ABC (Aruba – Bonaire – Curaçao) island chain, this Dutch Caribbean island has protected its marine resources for more than 35 years. Commonly ranked as one of the Caribbean’s top dive destinations, marine life abounds in this scuba diving paradise with more than 470 fish species found in Bonaire’s water. Great boat dives only complement your ability to access many dive sites right from shore. Underwater photography is a favorite activity due to Bonaire’s incredibly clear water and unspoiled ecosystem. Because Bonaire is an arid island, you can also explore its desert landscape and visit protected wildlife areas to see iguanas and pink flamingos.
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Visibility – Bonaire’s average visibility is around 30 metres/100 feet.
Water Temperature – Warm water surrounds Bonaire with average temperatures of 25°C/78°F in winter and 29°C/84°F in summer.
Weather – Air temperatures average a pleasant 28°C/84°F in winter and 31°C/89°F in summer. Rain is infrequent in Bonaire, which makes it a reliable dive destination year round. Bonaire is at the far southern edge of the hurricane belt and is usually unaffected during the Caribbean’s hurricane season.
Featured Creatures – Hawksbill, loggerhead and green turtles can be seen on most reefs. tangs, sergeant majors and creole wrasse abound, along with other brightly colored reef fish. Giant sea anemones, fire coral and tube sponges dot the reef. If you’re lucky you may spy a seahorse.
Bonaire Dive Orientation – All divers undergo a check-out dive to ensure buoyancy skills are sufficient to avoid damaging the reefs, and each diver must purchase a Marine Park Tag in order to dive on the island.
Recommended Training – The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course improves your skills for diving in Bonaire. The PADI Deep Diver, AWARE – Fish Identification and Digital Underwater Photographer courses will also help you enjoy the southern Caribbean diving.
Language – Dutch is the official language. Papiamentu, Spanish and English are widely spoken.
Currency – US Dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport receives flights from cities around the world every day.
Electricity and Internet: Electricity on Bonaire is 127 volts, 50 Hz. 220 volt is also available at some resorts. Internet is generally available at the resorts.
Topside Attractions – Mountain bike, hike or join a nature tour for bird watching through Washington Slagbaii Park. Check out the Flamingo Sanctuary – one of the largest flamingo breeding grounds – visited by huge flocks of pink each year. Enjoy other watersports, such as kite boarding, snorkeling and kayaking.
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