These three words explain why Bonaire draws divers back time and again to enjoy some of the finest reefs in the Caribbean. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Because Bonaire is an arid island, you can also explore its desert landscape and visit protected wildlife areas to see iguanas and pink flamingos.
March 31 - April 7
Protected, sheltered and close.
Where we will stay..
BUDDY DIVE RESORT
Buddy Dive is located on the waterfront north of town, just a couple of steps from the crystal clear ocean and its many dive sites. The resort has eleven buildings with spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, a complete dive center, two swimming pools, two restaurants, vehicle rental and the famous drive-thru fill station. Whether traveling as a single, couple, with friends and family, or a whole group of dive buddies, we will find the right accommodation for you.
Each apartment comes complete with:
- Fully equipped kitchens including microwaves, stoves and refrigerators.
- Comfortably furnished living area with cable TV and phone.
- There are safe deposit boxes in every apartment and they are free of charge.
- Air-conditioned bedrooms with two singles or one double bed as per your request.
- Large private balconies or patios.
- We have daily housekeeping service for you and offer free use of beach towels. Should you require a baby sitter, Front Office will be glad to make all the arrangements for you.
- We also offer laundry service.
- From each of our apartments, you’ll enjoy the view of either the ocean or lush tropical gardens from your own private balcony or patio. And for relaxing outside, nothing can beat a nap in one of the loungers in our shaded and flower covered gazebo.
- No unit is more than a few steps away from one of our 2 swimming pools and casual thatched roof, seaside pool bar.
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.
Deposit: $500 CAD
Full Payment Due: March 17, 2019
Documentation: Valid passport for at least 6 months prior to the date of return.