Bonaire Travel, Hotels & Lodging Guide

Bonaire Scuba Diving

Looking for Scuba Paradise? You need to look no further. Bonaire is known to the insiders as being in the top three scuba dive destinations in the world. Beautiful underwater landscapes, crystal clear waters, and a large score of professional and experienced diving operators. The underwater crown jewels are well protected by the Bonaire Marine Park, who have enforce the "Look but don't touch"-rule since its inception in 1979.

Bonaire has always been a pioneer when it comes to protecting its marine environment. In 1961 Bonaire enforced legislation to protect its turtle poputation. Ever since 1971 it is forbidden to use spear guns and in 1975 it was made illegal to brake off live coral.

Bonaire Dive Orientation
If you are planning a trip to Bonaire and have a scuba dive/hotel package you will be given a thorough dive orientation and briefing before your first dive on the island. One of the Bonaire Marine Park Regulations is for all visitors to do a check-out dive as part of the briefing process before taking off on their own to shore dive or going on a dive boat. The main reasons for this are to have each scuba diver check buoyancy so that damage to the reef is minimized or eliminated and also to check out their dive equipment, whether it be rented or owned.

Also, every scuba diver on Bonaire must purchase a Marine Park Tag (US$25) valid for one calendar year. Orientation procedures vary from dive center to dive center, so it's a good idea to check in early.

Scuba Diving


How to Select a Scuba Snorkel Mask
Fit is the most important criteria in selecting a scuba mask. So how do you buy a mask that fits? It's easy.

Here's How:
  • Fold the strap over the front of the mask so that it is out of the way.
  • Hold the mask against your face.
  • Make sure it fits comfortably around your eyes and nose.
  • Choose another size if necessary.
  • While the mask is against your face, inhale through your nose.
  • The vacuum created in the mask should hold it against your face when you take your hand away.
  • If the mask doesn't stay put, repeat the process until you find one that does.
  • Don't settle for an ill-fitting mask.
  • If you find more than one mask that fits, compare the features before making your purchase or rental decision.
How to Clear Your Snorkel
There's no doubt about it. Water will get into your snorkel, whether you submerse yourself intentionaly or a wave splashes water into it. It's an important scuba/snorkel skill you need to know.

Here's How:
  • Allow yourself to sink below the water until you face is just under the water.
  • Take a deep breath through your snorkel.
  • Hold your breath.
  • Completeley submerse yourself and your snorkel in the water.
  • Rise to your original position.
  • Blow a sharp blast of air through your snorkel.
  • Slowly inhale to see if there is still water in it.
  • If there is still water in the snorkel, blow another short blast into it.
  • When the snorkel is clear, continue to breath normally through it.
  • Try not to exhale all your air on the first blast.
  • When checking to see if the airway is clear don't suck in a huge gulp of air. Do it slowly.
  • Perfect this skill in a swimming pool first.
  Snorkel and Scuba Dive Locations

Shore Access

Boat Access
Boat Access
Advanced Diving Advanced Diving
Good Snorkeling
Good Snorkeling
Guided Snorkel Program
Guided Snorkel Program

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1. Boca Bartol
2. Playa Bengi   

3. Playa Funchi

4. Bise Morto

5. Boca Slagbaai   

6. Nukove

7. Karpata

8. La Dania's Leap   
9. Rappel   
10. Bloodlet   
11. Ol' Blue

12. Country Garden   
13. Bon Bini Cas   
14. 1000 Steps

15. Weber's Joy/Witches Hut

16. Jeff Davis Memorial   
17. Oil Slick Leap

18. Barcadera   
19. Andrea II

20. Andrea I

21. Petries Pillar
22. Small Wall (Web Cam)   
23. Cliff

24. La Machaca
25. Reef Scientifico
26. Buddy's Reef
27. Bari Reef
28. Front Porch
29. Something Special

30. Town Pier*

31. Calabas Reef
32. Eighteen Palms

33. Windsock

34. North Belnem

35. Bachelor's Beach

36. Chez Hines

37. Lighthouse Point

38. Punt Vierkant

39. The Lake

40. Hilma Hooker

41. Angel City

42. Alice In Wonderland

43. Aquarius
44. Larry's Lair
45. Jeannie's Glory

46. Salt Pier*
47. Salt City

48. Invisibles

49. Tori's Reef

50. Pink Beach

51. White Slave
52. Margate Bay

53. Red Beryl
54. Atlantis
55. Vista Blue
56. Sweet Dreams
57. Red Slave

58. Willemstoren Lighthouse
59. Blue Hole

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