BonaireCaribbean diving with a warm welcome
Tailor-made holidays to Bonaire
This small island in the South Caribbean, just 21 miles long, has a welcoming and chilled-out way of life. Day or night you will find many lively bars, numerous restaurants serving tasty menus and a good selection of shops.
The waters surrounding Bonaire are rich in nutrients with fabulous marine diversity including over 300 species of fish whose home is a beautiful fringing reef that runs the whole length of the west coast. Located north of Venezuela, Bonaire was the Caribbean’s first protected Marine Park, which has preserved the island’s coral and marine life to guarantee wonderful diving and snorkelling.
Over 50 dive sites are accessible from the shore, most at depths of less than 10 metres. Average water temperatures are 26°C all year-round and visibility is typically 30 metres plus. The best way to see these magnificent dive sites is to hire a vehicle so you can drive and dive whenever you want to. Boat dives are also available and can be pre-booked as required. Divers often encounter seahorses, the islands emblem, turtles, jacks, friendly tarpon and, on rare occasions, a frogfish or two.
When you want uncomplicated and stress-free diving, Bonaire is the perfect holiday destination that will appeal to all levels of dive qualification. With a distinct absence of strong currents, this is ideal for learning to dive and experienced divers and underwater photographers will be glad of excellent visibility and extended bottom times.
Snorkellers can enjoy easy access to some of the most lively and colourful reefs in the world, teeming with marine life. Land activities are aplenty too, including mountain biking, exploring cave systems and getting up close and personal with the local wildlife.
Area: 290 km²
Population: 14, 169
Language: Dutch, English
Time: GMT – 4
Electricity: 127v AC, 50Hz
Currency: US Dollar
Tropical, hot climate all year round with average air temperature of 27°C and low annual rainfall. July and August are the hottest months where air temperatures can reach up to 30°C, however, there is a welcoming, cool sea breeze.
With water temperatures rarely dropping below 26°C, a 3mm long shortie might suffice for most but we do recommend you wear a long wetsuit for added protection on the shore dive entries and exits.
Flights & Transfers
KLM offers flights from several regional UK airports including London, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Glasgow. UK flights touchdown in Amsterdam for a plane change, followed by a direct flight to Bonaire.
On arrival in Bonaire your hotel staff or ground agent will greet you and transfer you to your resort. The transfer from Kralendijk Airport to Buddy Dive is no more than 15 minutes.
Passengers travelling to Bonaire must have six months validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK.
British passport holders do not require a tourist visa for Bonaire.
No compulsory vaccinations but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Vaccination requirements are however subject to change, so please check several weeks before departure. For the most up to date advice please visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.