car tags say it all, "Divers Paradise". An island that
almost exclusively caters to scuba diving enthusiasts, Bonaire
is covered with cacti and scrub bush along with wild goats and
donkeys thrown in for good measure.
In contrast, underwater Bonaire is truly spectacular. The corals
are beautiful and healthy and there's an abundance of fish life,
thanks to the foresight of the government. Because the waters
around Bonaire are designated as an official marine park and have
been protected for more than 20 years, diving Bonaire is like
diving the Caribbean the way it used to be - untouched and unspoiled.
The Wall, sometimes vertical, sometimes sloping, starts just a
few feet from shore. Bonaire is the perfect place for shore diving
and most shore dive sites are marked by large yellow rocks with
the name of the site stenciled on them.
More than 60 dive sites are accessible by shore, making Bonaire
one of the the most enjoyable dive destinations.
When visiting, spend time touring the island. You'll see salt
flats, a beautiful "pink beach", an old lighthouse,
slave huts, Washington National Park, a wildlife preserve and
great spot for seeing animal species unique to Bonaire, pink flamingos,
beautiful Parroquets, lorets, big blue lizards and three foot
iguanas. Lac Bay, on the windward side of the island, has some
of the best windsurfing in the world.
The island's location in the south Caribbean gives it an arid
climate with little rain fall; consequently, the waters are exceptionally
clear of silt, calm, and diveable year round. It is an ideal destination
for underwater photographers.
Climate 75 - 85F 24 - 29C
Water Temp 78 - 86F 25.6-28.9C
Visibility Average 100+ ft. 30+ m